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What is Maskne? & 5 Tips on how to avoid it!

So what is 'Maskne'....

Well let's start with a definition:⁠

Maskne is skin irritation and spots caused by wearing a face mask. Maskne occurs when sweat, skin oils, and bacteria are trapped on the skin while wearing your mask.⁠ - Macmillan Dictionary (2020)⁠ ⁠

So in order to try and prevent and avoid breakouts whilst wearing a mask, I have put together these 5 tips: ⁠ ⁠

💦 Cleanse twice a day!⁠ Morning and evening, if you have acne-prone or oily skin go for a foaming cleanser and for dry, sensitive skin opt for a cream cleanser. It might be tempting to wash your face each time you remove your mask but try not to over-cleanse as it can strip your skin of these essential oils your body produces to protect the skin.⁠ ⁠

💦 Maintain hydration!⁠ Keeping skin moisturized will maintain general skin health, protect against infection and support in reducing the severity of any potential scarring.⁠ ⁠

💄 Avoid wearing make-up underneath your mask⁠ Where possible try to avoid wearing makeup under your mask as it could lead to a build-up of bacteria and clog your pores, leading to breakouts blemishes. Save your lipstick and foundation on the lower part of your face and make your eyes sparkle! ⁠ ⁠

🚫Don't over-exfoliate ⁠ Your skin is already under stress try using a gentle exfoliator instead of harsh scrubs.⁠ ⁠

😷 Wash your mask after each use⁠ This will help with the bacteria build-up on the skin. Also, try using a silk mask, these can be less irritating to the skin. ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠

Stay safe

Dr Jaskaren, Facial Aesthetics Specialist.

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