Maybe some of you experts have your maskne situation under control, but the rest of us are still dealing with the downside of daily mask-wearing. 'Acne Mechanica', if you want the technical term for the outbreaks caused by fabric friction or a potential Lady Gaga album name, is especially aggravated in our humid climate, leading to clogged pores and a slew of other related problems.
At this point, you're clearly looking for answers beyond hAve U trIEd wAShinG youR maSK and wEaR the CorRect tYpe of MasKs. Beyond adequate makeup removal and switching to fragrance-free soaps, plus the personal favourite of soaking cloth masks in hot water before sun-drying, what are some other tips one should look out for?
Types of skincare products
Medicated skincare products can actually irritate the skin, more so if they include benzoyl peroxide and retinol. For those that contain salicylic acid, look out for the gentle types that aid with anti-inflammation. A sulfur-based face wash always helps, as opposed to foaming cleaners that dehydrate the skin.
Tea tree oil—maskne or not—is now widely acknowledged the universal pimple remover. This is alongside the increasingly popular Cica, or tiger grass, for its repairing effect on sensitive skin. What's key, though, is to avoid strictly sticking to your leave-on skin treatment regimes, limiting them to the times the mask is off at home.
So the other type of facial masking helps. Calendula extract has been proven for its skin calming effect, and clay masks for their ability to draw out impurities. Of course, results vary by skin type, so if you have a huge zit, the best way to combat it under the mask is still to use a pimple patch.