The National Department of Health (NDoH) recently recommended during their Level 4 restrictions, the use of face masks when in public – and rightfully so, as this is one of the ways, in addition to hand-washing and social distancing, to reduce the transmission of the Coronavirus. However, some people may be experiencing breakouts in their skin.
Welcome “Maskne”, the latest and not-so-luxurious term to enter the world of COVID-19. As the name suggests,
Maskne is acne that results from wearing a face mask, and is dermatologically known as acne mechanica. This type of acne is commonly triggered by sweat, friction, and pressure on the skin and causes inflammation, unpleasant red
rashes and tiny clusters of pimples around the nose and mouth specifically. Cetaphil, a leader in gentle skincare
products, shares some tips to help take care of your skin while wearing a mask:
1. Choose a soft and breathable mask
Cloth face masks can now be easily purchased from a variety of places online or home-made. It is recommended to
use a mask with three layers, selecting a non-woven (or similar) fabric with strong filtering capability as the middle
layer, and the accompanying inner and outer layers for comfort, structure and some additional protection. It is
recommended to wash re-usable masks regularly as they are prone to collect dirt, oils, bacteria, and germs, which
may exacerbate skin problems. It should also be noted that the Department of Health has discouraged the public
from using the N-95 masks, as these have been reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.
2. Include a gentle skin cleanser into your skincare routine
Select a skin cleanser like the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser; a mild, non-irritating, non-drying gentle skin cleanser for even the most sensitive skin. This cleanser can be used without water. So, if you have irritated or sensitive skin, gently swipe a cotton round with the cleanser over your skin.
3. Create a skincare barrier by using a moisturiser
After your daily morning exercise and post cleansing, apply a moisturiser like the Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion. This lightweight, oil-free moisturiser with Hyaluronic Acid provides instant hydration, maintaining the skin’s protective barrier, and helps to protect skin from dryness.
4. Don’t forget your Sun Protection Factor, even in the colder months
Although half of our face is covered by our face masks, it is still important to apply an SPF on a daily basis, as some of the skin is exposed to the harmful sun rays when going for morning walks. Opt for a non-comedogenic and oil-free option as they work to decrease excess oil that can clog pores and lead to acne.
5. Keep in contact with your dermatologist
If you are concerned about the health of your skin or keep experiencing skin breakouts, keep in contact with your dermatologist. Some dermatologists are offering a Telehealth solution, which is the distribution of health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies.
Masks we love:
Sexy Socks Sexy Face Masks (R89.00 for filtered masks / R55.00 for non-filtered masks). These fabric masks are made from fabric cut-offs that were destined for landfill. They’re double-layered and soft on the skin. Order here.
The Silk Lady Face Masks (from R64.00 for double-layer cotton masks to R138.00 for triple-layer cotton and silk masks). Designed to fit snugly and comfortably, we love the stylish prints and different designs on offer. Order here.