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Throughout quarantine, skincare has become a beneficial trend. Influencers have started to put out informative videos, ingredient breakdowns, and some have even come out with their own line of these skincare products to help promote the habit of taking care of your skin.
Before COVID-19, when people referred to face masks, they were generally talking about moisturizing, hydrating, renewing beauty treatments, not the ones that are now worn for protection against the virus. However, these two kinds of masks can go hand-in-hand. Many people have reported an increase in acne in the area their masks cover. This can be caused by skin irritation, clogging of pores from the enclosed area, allergic reactions from the detergents used to wash the mask, and even the chemical dyes in the masks themselves, along with other dirt and oils that can cause your skin to react.
According to Cedars-Sinnai.org, some dermatologists have even coined the term “maskne.”
Bella Jolley (12) is passionate about her skin care routine and prioritizes self-care.
“When COVID first hit, I definitely experienced acne breakouts. To treat it, I maintained a consistent skincare routine, drank plenty of water, and I make sure to have a clean mask with me every day,” Jolley said.
To combat “maskne,” dermatologists and skincare enthusiasts have encouraged a variety of regimens and methods to help clear the skin. Some methods and products that are recommended are non-comedogenic moisturizers, cortisone creams, gentle cleansers, and washing your face regularly. New products that target the affected areas have become a crucial part of preventing “maskne.”
Taking care of the enclosed area of the face is a necessary task while wearing a mask. Clearing one’s pores and removing the excess oil from your face can help prevent clogging while wearing a mask, which not only prevents pimples but also acne cysts. Acne cysts are a more serious type of acne that are harder to treat and come from deep underneath one’s skin from being trapped in your pores.
Eliza Hall Hammett (10) claims her skin care obsession has been a huge help for maintaining her clear skin during the pandemic.
“I decide what products to use in my skincare based off of what products help to reduce my breakouts and are calm enough for my skin to handle. I often look for products with ceramides and hyaluronic acid in the ingredients,” Hammett said.
Skincare companies have noticed the public’s increase in concern over “maskne” and have produced several attempted solutions. Silk masks are on the rise as they have been proven to be gentler on the skin while still protecting against the spread of germs. Skincare masks, or sheet masks, that specifically target the lower half of the face have also become very popular to cleanse the area.