MASKNE – It’s sore, it’s annoying, it’s unsightly and it’s caused by – you guessed it, face coverings! It’s kind of ironic really, that something that protects you from germs, can wreak such havoc on your face.
‘Maskne’ has been a common skincare concern for the last couple of months since the COVID outbreak. A research letter published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reported that at least 83 percent of health care workers in Hubei, China, suffered skin problems on the face. And anecdotally, doctors report an increase in acne flare-ups in people outside of health care as well.
Let’s dig a little deeper to find out the cause, and what we can do to help.
Firstly, it’s important to note that ‘maskne’ isn’t a new phenomenon, medical professionals tend to suffer from mask related acne often as they wear tight-fitted face coverings, and for long periods of time. It’s the same type of acne a rugby player would get from where his helmet rubs. It’s basically caused by sweat and oil forming, and no place for it to go. Gross, right? But fear not! You don’t have to suffer, there are ways to prevent maskne, and there are ways to help relieve the symptoms, too.
First and foremost is – EXFOLIATE AND CLEANSE!
This is an absolutely crucial way to help prevent maskne flare-ups. By exfoliating and cleansing your skin regularly, you’re removing the build up of dead skin cells that have been hanging out on your face and clogging up your pores. Here’s our top pick – the 7th Heaven Superfood Exfoliating Avocado Clay Mask that’s available to purchase at Claire’s online or in store and Amazon online.
If you’re more of a peel-off kind of cleanser, then we’d recommend one that is effective, while still being gentle on your skin. One that will deeply cleanse your pores and help banish redness. Our top pick for this is the fabulous 7th Heaven Manuka Honey Peel-Off Mask. It’s great for digging deep in those pores and sucking out all the bad stuff. It’s also packed full of good-for-skin ingredients to leave you looking like a glowy goddess!
And if you’re more of a dry/dehydrated maskne sufferer, then a gentle sheet mask with some good-for-skin actives will get the job done while keeping your skin moisturised and protected. Our Pink Oxygen Bubble Mask gives your skin a deep and thorough cleanse, without the harsh, drying effects. You can pick up the Pink Oxygen Bubble Mask online or in store at Morrisons, New Look and Amazon online.