MASKNE: Which skincare routine works on breakouts from wearing a mask?
Through these trial times of Covid-19, wearing a face mask is one of the many beautiful demonstrations of community and collective efforts. After all, we wear our masks in order to protect others, not just ourselves.
But with a new lifestyle, comes new skin challenges. And the amount of questions we get asked here at Decléor about “maskne”, is truly off the charts. Literally. And we’re not the only ones.
Google searches for the word "maskne" have increased by 811% these past months and keep rising. Even the hashtag #Maskne is reaching 100,000 posts on Instagram as we are writing this.
"Maskne" is the contraction of the two words "mask" and "acne" and appeared as many now experience an increase in oil, breakouts and clogged pores after wearing facial masks. Especially those with a skin type which is already prone to impurities, like oily skins. For some it may be due to the heat and humidity being trapped beneath the mask. While for others the physical friction from the mask can aggravate existing breakouts. This can cause the skin to produce more sebum which ultimately can lead to a type of rash.
Adding this to the general stress of our world's current situation, we’re not surprised that so many of you want to know how to prevent maskne.
So we’ve gathered our best experts here at Decléor, from scientists to skin therapists and aromatherapists, to give you 4 tips to avoid maskne and adopt a maskne routine.
#1: DO THE DOUBLE CLEANSE
By using the soft double cleansing routine you will not only remove impurities but thoroughly prepare your skin for the protective ingredients of your essence, serum and cream. Which is much needed right now.
The Rosemary Officinalis Black Clay Cleansing Gel has a texture that transforms into a soft foam when mixed with water to remove impurities in a gentle yet effective way. A perfect cleanser for oily skin and to do the double cleanse routine. Seal the double cleanse with the Rosemary Officinalis Active Essence to further reduce inflammatory lesions by 42%*. Thanks to the professional formulation of the Rosemary Officinalis skincare range, composed with just the right amount of Salicylic Acid; the products are effective enough to genuinely reduce impurities and balanced enough to suit every skin type.
#2: PROTECT AND REINFORCE
Your skin’s barrier is your best ally to protect the layers of your skin. However, this barrier is confronted to external aggressions on a daily basis. Here at Decléor we recommend using the Antidote serum every morning. Powered by Natural-origin Hyaluronic Acid this serum will reinforce your skin and protect it against the external aggressions which can be responsible for the imperfections you may experience.
#3: NOT TOO SHINY, NOT TOO MATTE
When you have an oily to combination skin type you might feel the need to use only mattifying creams. Which is completely understandable; we know how it feels when all you can see is shiny skin. But without the proper type of moisture that an oily skin still needs, it will ultimately produce more oil. By using the Rosemary Officinalis White Clay Daily Care your skin will receive the right amount of moisture, while leaving the areas that would normally be too shiny mattified. It’s basically the best of both worlds when it comes to hydration of an oily to combination skin.
But remember, a diagnosis with an expert assures the correct cream for you and your skin, so make sure to book an appointment with a Decléor expert near you.
#4: TLC SKINCARE FOR MASKNE
We are currently living stressful times, and the maskne is not making it any easier. You and your skin deserve some TLC and dedicated time for nurture and care. Set aside 10 minutes – once or twice a week – to apply the Rosemary Officinalis Black Clay Mask. To reduce excess of sebum and purify the skin. Leaving it clean, yet sufficiently moisturized.
With a 98% natural-origin formula, of Rosemary Essential Oil with natural-origin Salicylic Acid & Black Clay, you can expect blackheads to be reduced by up to 28%** and breakouts by up to 40%**.
Hopefully these tips will help you know what to do against maskne. To experience a skin with less impurities and better balance while wearing the important Covid-19 mask.
And remember, if your skin is prone to impurities, it can be completely normal to experience maskne. But if your skin condition isn’t normally oily or with impurities, you might be experiencing a reaction to the mask which is not necessarily maskne.
According to the Journal of the American Acamedy of Dermatology, maskne is likely due to follicular occlusion directly related to mechanical stress (friction), and microbiome dysbiosis from heat, pH and moisture from biofluids. Both of which are affected by increased duration of wearing masks.
So please, keep wearing your mask when needed and required. At Decléor will continue to take care of your skin through our skincare tips, products and skin experts in our stores, pharmacies, institutes and spas.
*Clinical test, scorage by the dermatologist on 43 women, after 4 weeks of application product
**Clinical test, scorage by the dermatologist on 48 women, after 4 weeks of application product