Face masks are essential during the pandemic. We are no exception here at Potomac Plastic Surgery, since we require face masks in the office, among many other safety measures!
Masks, however, can come with unwanted side effects of increased oil production and the dreaded “maskne“, skin flare-up related to mask-wearing.
Skin irritation from masks occurs from a variety of mechanisms. Air under the mask becomes warmer and more humid. This moisture-rich environment under the mask is a breeding ground for bacterial growth and subsequently acne and rash flare ups. Makeup or products on your ‘masked’ skin can clog pores even more quickly than normal.
Rubbing of the masks and direct pressure from snug masks also contribute to skin problems, especially poorly fitted masks. Similar to chin guards and shoulder straps in sports, any mask or protective equipment that creates pressure and friction can irritate hair follicles and result in an acne flare-up. The natural lymphatic flow of the face is also partially reduced so you may feel puffy at times, especially the under eyes.
Luckily we have a helpful hand in the management of the “Maskne” face…
We are offer the MASKNE micro infusion. With micro infusion of the skin, oil production is diminished, helping reduce acne, skin irritation, and clogged pores. Micro infusion is a quick treatment taking about 15-30 mins total and requiring almost no downtime. Get right back out there and wear your mask! Read more about micro infusion.
Some home remedies that may help reduce Maskne include:
- Removing the mask periodically to allow the skin to breathe for just a couple minutes, as appropriate.
- Washing the mask to reduce the microbes that accumulate within the mask. Think of the mask like underwear and keep it clean!
- Choosing a cloth mask, which allows the skin to breathe and is easily washed and sanitized.
- Keeping your skin clean by washing it in the morning and evening with a gentle cleanser.
- Applying a non-comedogenic moisturizer after washing to prevent dryness and promote skin repair.
- Skipping makeup and, if needed, minimizing use and opting for a mineral makeup powder to help reduce clogging pores.
- Avoiding touching your face.
- Staying hydrated and drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water daily.
- Maintaining good sleeping patterns and a healthy diet.
Keep doing your part to stop the spread!