We’re no longer strangers to “maskne” or mask-induced acne amid a global health crisis. Whether you’re wearing store-bought disposable surgical masks or washable cloth masks, wearing these protective gear can, unfortunately, cause a host of skin problems, most prominently acne. Wearing masks also alters the skin’s pH level and damages the protective layer of skin, making skin more susceptible to clogged pores.
Because of the constant friction against our skin—especially when a mask is worn repeatedly and left unwashed—not to mention humidity, acne occurs more frequently. This type of acne is most commonly called “acne mechanica,” which happens due to pressure on skin, popular among athletes. It also occurs as a complication of an underlying outbreak.
We don’t know how much longer we’ll have to keep wearing protective masks on the daily. With that said, it’s even more important to pay attention to our skincare routines to relieve stressed and irritated skin. Here are some maskne essentials for the not-so-new normal:
1. Wash your masks on a regular basis.
Bacterial overgrowth upon wearing masks can be minimized when you wash your reusable masks regularly. Doctors highly recommend using a brand new disposable paper mask, too, as the safest bet against maskne. If not replaced, it can easily collect oil and dirt worsening your bout of acne—but, this may not be the most sustainable option if you ask us.
2. Lessen touching your face.
There’s a good chance that you’ll be holding your face more to adjust your mask while talking on the phone or arranging your eyewear. Just make sure that your hands are clean and you’ve disinfected beforehand.
3. Skip the make-up, or use non-comedogenic make-up if needed.
Wearing thick foundation on a regular basis may be the culprit for your acne and clogged pores, especially when not properly removed after a long day. With mask-wearing as part of our daily routine, breakouts may just worsen. Choose a breathable, non-comedogenic formula if needed, or even try a lightweight tinted moisturizer or BB Cream to let your skin breathe once in a while.
4. Simplify your skincare routine.
When dealing with worsening breakouts, it’s best to streamline your skincare routine. Simplify your skincare products by using gentle yet effective products. Having fewer products is better than adding unnecessary steps that could possibly irritate and sensitize your skin.
When treating acne, look out for antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients like green tea, centella asiatica and honey propolis. SOME BY MI’s bestselling Miracle Toner, Miracle Serum, and Miracle Cream contain healing and soothing ingredients like centella asiatica extract and tea tree, which help reduce inflammation. Their AHA, BHA, and PHA components also help gently exfoliate impurities.
5. Pamper your skin with a sheet mask after a long day.
It can definitely be frustrating having mask-induced acne, but we can also look at it as badges of honor, that is, for dutifully following health protocols and guidelines. Treat your skin after a long day by using sheet masks especially designed to nurture skin. Choose from our selection of sheet mask sets that target skin issues like acne and clogged pores. Maybe even use it as a last-minute gift idea or a stocking stuffer for the holiday season!