Trends keep changing from year to year. Sometimes, it’s the cute retro scrunchies, and at other times, it’s bedazzled hairpins. But the hottest trend, and necessity, this year is masks! Living through a global pandemic, we have to take precautions while venturing outdoors. And that calls for people to get customised masks to match with their outfits. But, did you know this mask can also be one of the main causes of acne?
While companies have now started making masks in different fabrics, designs, and sizes, there is a new issue at hand. The breakout, inflammation, and acne from masks can be quite bothersome. And everyone has their dermatologists on their speed dial to deal with this problem. But if you don’t, we are here for you.
Let’s address the main question- what is causing the breakouts?
Summer isn’t the best time for your skin due to the hot temperature, humidity, and sweat. And these are all the issues that the masks are further elevating, making it one of the major causes of acne. The friction caused by tight masks against the skin leads to inflammation, redness, and other skin issues. It traps the oil, sweat, and dirt on your face, making your skin break out. But there is a way out. Follow your skincare to the T and avoid a full face of makeup. Your skin is most vulnerable to issues right now, so it is important to keep it safe and healthy.
How to prevent these skin issues and deal with them
While you can’t afford to go out without a mask, you can definitely take some precautions. A few changes in your skincare routine for summer can make a huge impact. Also, how frequently and how long you wear the mask also determines the damage it causes to your skin. Here are some steps to follow in order to keep your skin clear and healthy.
1. Keep following your day to night skincare routine
Cleansing, hydrating, and moisturising your skin will create a barrier against sweat and dirt. So, don’t skip your daily routine and follow it without cheating.
2. Use gentle cleansers
Your skin is already pretty sensitive around this time of the year, so it needs some extra TLC. While following your routine, make sure you are using only gentle cleansers to remove dirt. Using a harsh face wash can rip your skin of its natural barrier and oils.
3. Remove your mask after every two hours
Even when you are out, you need to take off the mask every two hours. So, avoid being outside for too long these days. Your skin needs a break from the continuous coverage that causes friction. Try washing your face as soon as you remove your mask to clear up your skin. Of course, don’t take it off in public places. We’d rather risk acne than the virus.
4. Opt for natural fabrics for your masks
Choosing natural and soft fabrics for your masks will help your skin breathe. Multi-layered cotton masks are the best option for the hot months. Try to stay away from synthetic fabrics as they can irritate your skin.
5. Avoid a full face of makeup
Speaking of letting your skin breathe, skip the foundation. Apply sunscreen and moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated. Going bare-faced with just a little base, if necessary, will help your skin remain healthy.
6. Clean your mask often
Since you wear it on your face on a regular basis, make sure your mask is cleaned properly. Wearing a mask continuously for a few days is just going to cause more breakouts and is very unhygienic. Wash your mask with fabric softeners after each use. This way, you’ll avoid one of the leading causes of acne — a dirty, rough mask.
7. Manage your diet
Your masks may be causing your breakout, but your diet could also be a contributing factor. Stay away from junk food at odd hours and try getting a healthy intake of food. Make sure you keep drinking water at regular intervals because hydration is key.
You might be skipping makeup since most of your face is covered by the mask, but no one said your brows can’t be on fleek. Don’t worry you don’t need a salon for that, follow these easy steps to do your eyebrows at home!