Ever since protective masks have entered our everyday lives, one thing has become clear–our skin definitely isn’t a fan. And although there is no doubt that wearing masks is necessary for safety, wearing them, unfortunately, can get annoying. Apart from the plain discomfort, there’s also another prevalent problem: maskne.
You would think that a mask made of cotton or some other decent material shouldn’t have such a bad effect on your skin. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. While the skin on our body is used to being clothed, the skin on our face is not. As a result, wearing a material on your face can trigger different reactions—including pimples.
So, let’s talk about what you can do at home to combat that.
So, what actually causes maskne?
If we’re going to talk about maskne, first, we should talk about what causes its formation. This comes from two factors. One includes the additional friction from the mask. It can dry out your skin and cause irritation, and in effect, increases the production of sebum and sweat.
Second, the heightened humidity (coming from your breath) incites the growth of bacteria under the mask. So, underneath your mask, you’ve got sweat and humidity that can’t be avoided. These conditions are a blemish playground.