Since the pandemic, a new concept has entered our beauty dictionary – maskne. The characteristic rashes in the area where the mask is worn have become a problem even for those with dry and completely problem-free skin.
Who is guilty?
Another name for maskne is acne mechanica (“mechanical” acne). The reason for their appearance: a combination of friction, lack of air exchange, excess moisture, violation of metabolic processes.
Under normal conditions, our skin is lego and quickly gets rid of sebum. But the mask disrupts this process, creating ideal conditions for the reproduction of pathogens.
In addition, it literally “smears” all this on the face, clogging the pores and contributing to the appearance of various forms of acne on the skin: from subcutaneous eruptions to active inflammation.
For people with dry or sensitive skin, friction can cause irritation, weakening the skin’s natural barrier and protective properties. In addition, irritation and allergies can occur from the constant washing of reusable masks.
Rashes can also be caused by washing reusable masks with aggressive detergents. It is better to use soft substances without fragrances.
What to do?
It is always easier to prevent any problem than to fix it later. Muskne is no exception.
The first and most important rule is regular face cleansing. Choose mild products without aggressive ingredients. My choice for the warm season – emollient gel for dry skin with salicylic acid from CeraVe – SA… Sold in almost every pharmacy. pay attention to urea gel from Topicrem and Sensibio Gel Moussant by Bioderma…
Be sure to add a tonic with AHA and BHA acids to your beauty routine: lactic, malic and others. I highly recommend looking towards the lotion P50 from Biological Recherge. The product has a very rich composition. Contains gluconalactone, salicylic acid, burdock extract, myrtle and other components that have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory effects. Once a week, you can replace your usual cleanser with an acidic cleanser. But not more often, so as not to provoke hypersecretion of the sebaceous glands. Suitable for oily skin Avene cleananse…
Every day before going outside, apply a cream with an SPF of at least 30 to your skin. It is important to choose non-comedogenic products so as not to aggravate the situation. I love Perfect Shield Spf 30, Teoxane
If the rash does appear, pick up means for spot application. I strongly advise you to try wipes ZO skin health by Zein Obagi – Oil control pads with 2% salicylic acid. A pharmacy is also suitable “Surdokrem” and the usual zinc ointment…
For myself, I found the perfect remedy for topical application Ureage – Hyseac sos paste… It is a paste with zinc and anti-inflammatory ingredients. I apply at night and in a thin layer for the day instead of cream – locally on the rash.
Rest your skin if possible. If the mask is reusable, be sure to wash it with products free of phosphates, fragrances and aggressive surfactants. Means for children’s things are suitable.
If the rash becomes regular, see your beautician. Sometimes medication is needed to solve the problem.