How to Treat Maskne Naturally
Whether we’re working or shopping, the mask has become a regular part of our routines. Yet, for some, hours of mask-wearing are causing a condition called maskne to occur. The good news is that if you suffer from maskne, it’s able to be treated naturally.
What Is Maskne?
Maskne is a nickname for acne mechanica, which is caused by pressure or friction placed on the skin over long periods. Wearing a mask for hours daily is enough to trigger maskne. Your skin can also become itchy and dry if your mask is tight-fitting.
Maskne also refers to a number of other skin conditions that can develop as a result of wearing masks. These include folliculitis, contact dermatitis, and rosacea flare-ups.
Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles resulting in acne-like bumps on the skin, pain, and itchiness. Contact dermatitis, which can appear as a red rash, blisters, or a feeling of irritation, occurs due to allergic reaction to mask material. Finally, those with rosacea can experience flare-ups of the condition, which may appear as redness or pimples.
Why Do Masks Cause Breakouts?
A mask protects you from airborne irritants and viruses, but this characteristic also means that humidity and sweat get trapped between the mask and your skin. If the same mask is worn long enough, bacteria can form under it.
When the mask makes contact with your face via friction, that bacteria can enter your skin, causing inflammation in the hair follicles on the face and, ultimately, resulting in maskne.
Is There Any Way to Prevent Maskne?
It’s completely possible to prevent breakouts and skin irritation from maskne when you implement the following:
Ensuring you always wear a clean face covering is both an easy and effective way to prevent bacteria build-up on the skin. Wash your mask with soap and hot water after each use. Disposables should be thrown out after a single use.
Washing your face after wearing disposable or cloth masks is another simple addition to your skincare routine that’ll reduce the amount of bacteria on your skin. Choose a non-drying, non-irritating gentle cleanser, and wash your face before and after you wear a mask.
Exfoliating your skin at least once weekly will eliminate the dead skin cells and excess sebum that clogs pores and that acne bacteria feed on. It’s a good idea to exfoliate at least once weekly with natural ingredients. Gently massage coconut oil mixed with sea salt, ground oatmeal, or a similar grainy substance into your skin, and then rinse and pat dry to avoid irritation.
Moisturizing with natural ingredients is an important step to take before you put on your mask, because it will create a skin barrier, protecting it from irritation by mask material. Moisturizing also prevents your skin from becoming dry and itchy, which can lead to irritation and invasion by bacteria.
One of the best natural moisturizers is coconut oil, which also contains anti-bacterial lauric acid. Warm a very small amount in your hands and massage gently into your skin.
Avoiding the use of skin-irritating and pore-clogging products like makeup while you’re wearing a mask will prevent bacteria from becoming trapped in your pores. If you’ll be wearing a mask for long periods, it can be a good idea to only wear makeup on areas above your mask, but not underneath it.
How to Treat Maskne Naturally
For those already dealing with maskne, there are several options for natural treatment:
Natural substances are great additions to any skin care routine, as they balance skin’s pH, hydrate, and offer nutrients. Honey is a wonderful skin moisturizer with anti-bacterial properties that makes an ideal facial mask.
Apple cider vinegar works well as an astringent and very gentle exfoliant. Lavender essential oil calms the skin and is also anti-bacterial.
Balancing your gut bacteria with probiotics can do a lot for your overall health and help treat maskne as well. Consume fermented foods like kefir, kim chi, and sauerkraut, or take probiotics in supplement form.
Salicylic acid cleansers, moisturizers, and spot treatments that are free of parabens, dyes, SLS, steroids, and ingredients like benzoyl peroxide can help treat acne prone skin naturally.
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