Preventing and Treating Maskne
In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, we are doing a number of things to help the spread of this terrible virus including social distancing, washing our hands, and of course wearing masks when out in public. But one of the many side effects of wearing masks constantly is maskne.
If you’re someone who has to wear a mask 3 hours or more per day, here’s what you can do to protect your skin:
Put a layer of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly (original—not the cocoa butter one) on your skin before you put your mask on.
You carry on doing your skincare routine as normal—then you put a thin layer of Vaseline on. This acts as protectants for the skin and creates a barrier between your skin and your mask so that it doesn’t cause that friction. These masks feel hot and we may tend to sweat and produce more oil as a result of wearing them. This raise in temperature combined with the excess oil can be the perfect mix for acne-causing bacteria to thrive.
For everyone else who isn’t wearing masks for longer than 3 hours, you of course want to make sure you keep up with your regular skincare routine. But if you’re noticing some breakouts, you can start adding in some salicylic acid in your routine.
You also want to make sure you wash reusable masks when you first get them and be diligent about washing them after each use.
I would strongly advise against wearing the disposable masks more than once!
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