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HOW TO: prevent and manage MASKNE

As if 2020 hasn't brought enough challenges, now a new skin nuisance dubbed maskne (acne from wearing a mask), is popping up on faces even as young as elementary school children.

The good news, most of the world has now agreed that face masks are essential for protecting you and others from COVID-19. So what exactly is maskne?Daily use of a mask can contribute to breakouts around the chin and cheeks because our masks trap moisture and are magnets for dirt and oils from your face – AKA maskne

Acne, isn’t the only skin condition reported by mask wearers. Some other common face mask skin problems can include:

  • Allergic contact dermatitis – Some manufactured masks may contain a chemical that causes an allergic reaction. Formaldehyde and bronopol can be found in polypropylene surgical masks.
  • Rosacea – Classically worsened by heat and stress, mask wearing can increase flares.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis – It causes scaly plaques, inflamed skin and stubborn dandruff.
  • Folliculitis – When yeast or bacteria infect hair follicles.

Below we have compiled #washiewellness tips to help you prevent and manage maskne.

  1. Wash your face first – Use a gentle cleanser that is free of fragrance and oil and rinse with lukewarm water. A clean face is a must before putting on your mask.
  2. Apply a gentle moisturizer – Not only will this keep your skin hydrated, it will also act as a bit of protection between your face and your mask, reducing friction. Apply onto a cleansed face before and after wearing a mask. Our unscented lotion is a great option for daily use.
  3. Skip the makeup – With only a portion if your face visible this is the best time to let your skin breathe. Wearing your makeup under a mask can cause clogged pores and breakouts. Your makeup will also get you mask messy.
  4. Wash your mask – If wearing a reusable cotton mask, don't forget to wash after each use as its surface contains dirt and oil and can become a breeding ground for bacteria from your nose and mouth. 

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