I assure you the sudden outbreak of acne lately has nothing to do with the reemergence of pubescence. More likely, it is the result of “maskne” or acne cause by the wearing of face masks.
One of the disadvantages of wearing a face mask in Singapore is the heat and humidity. Heat trapped by the face mask can lead to problem in pore structure of the skin. This result in blemishes and excessive oil retention which give rise to acne.
How can you prevent further outbreaks of acne caused by face masks?
Choose Materials for Your Face Masks Carefully
Acne can arise from friction. The material of your face masks may be too coarse and the resulting friction on your face can cause irritation. The proliferation of bacteria under the skin may then result in acne.
Disposable face masks seem to be the worst culprit. The material used in such masks are rather coarse, resulting in greater friction on your skin. To minimize friction, you may want to consider using a washable fabric mask. Silk will be most gentle. On the hand, you can choose less ‘atas’ materials that offer silk-like softness and make a face mask of it. Experts recommend using cotton fabric for your face mask.
Change Your Mask Everyday
Even as you are concerned about the type of materials used for your face masks, it is also important to change them every day. This might sound like a “duh” moment, but you might be surprised at how many people don’t change their face masks every day. Apart from bacteria built-up during the day, your wearing face masks is to keep out viruses and these might land on your masks. Changing out your face masks every day is highly recommended.
To wash your face mask, soak the mask briefly with a hypoallergenic detergent or dish soap and warm water. Gently, but thoroughly rinse out the soap and let it air dry. This will ensure you rid your mask of bacteria and keep out irritants.
Wash and Hydrate Your Face
After removing your face mask at the end of the day, wash your face thoroughly using a foaming cleanser. They don’t have to be expensive brands. Just use your regular face wash. If possible, try using a hydrating facial cleanser. Facial wash containing hyaluronic acid, are known to be particularly good if you have dry skin. On the other hand, if you have oily skin you might consider a face wash containing salicylic acid. This will help remove dead cells and excess oil from your skin. In any case, if you’re unsure what kind of face wash to use, it is good to consult a dermatologist before embarking on a new cleaning regimen. This is especially true if you have sensitive skin. Applying a light moisturizer after cleansing your face helps too.
If you’re currently nursing an outbreak of maskne, you might want to give your skin a break from makeup. If you must, consider wearing a lighter make up. The point is to minimise any irritants that might clog up your pores, resulting in further outbreaks of maskne.
We hope that soon the situation will improve and we don’t have to wear a face mask outside. Just remember, face masks or not, when out in the sun, always protect your eyes with a good pair of shades. Sunday Shades Co has a full range of coloured and fun shades. Take your pick today!