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What is maskacne and how to treat it?

by Arun Shirishkar

Masks are now an essential part of our ‘new normal’. Wearing masks while stepping out is an absolute necessity. However, prolonged use of masks has now resulted in people suffering from maskacne. Payal Upase dishes out a few tips that help you combat maskacne

Maskacne was originally referred to describe the acne football players would get where their helmet rubs, is now an issue for many others wearing a mask. Masks can worsen skin issues that already exist or cause new ones. Add in the heat and humidity and you’ve got a perfect equation for breakouts. However, this is no reason to step outside without a mask. We encourage everyone to wear a mask while stepping out at all times.

Here are a few ways to fight maskacne –

Choose your mask wisely!
For many healthcare workers, the type of mask you wear is out of your control, but for others wearing a mask out to run an errand, you’re luckily able to choose the mask you wear. 100% cotton is your best option to prevent acne while also getting the level of protection needed against the virus. Cotton masks are breathable, soft and irritate your skin less.

Let your skin breathe
The skin under your mask is not getting much air, adding makeup is a double negative. If you put on makeup for a video call or to feel put together that day, consider taking it off when you leave the house and put your mask on. If you sweat underneath your mask, having no makeup on will better your chance of avoiding breakouts.

Do not forget to wash your mask (and hands)
Washing your masks regularly is essential. Your mask traps a lot of sweat, dirt and grime which can lead to breakouts. Washing your mask after every use will ensure a clean and healthy mask that doesn’t irritate the skin.

Skincare to the rescue
Your regular skincare routine may not help in curing maskacne. Chemical and enzyme based products may end up aggravating the acne. Instead, you can use clay face masks, spot patches and a spot treatment to help the acne heal better. Cleansing your face twice a day can also help the acne heal better.

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