3 Tips For Preventing You From Getting Maskne
At the beginning of this year, I was working as an intern in Shanghai. I remember that just a few days before I was leaving China for going on a long vacation trip, my colleagues suddenly told me that there is a new virus going on and that I would need a face mask. I didn’t really know what to expect when I heard that news and how crazy the whole situation will turn out. Nevertheless, most of my co-workers back then are Chinese, and they seem to be way more prepared for a situation like this. Therefore, my colleagues went to buy a face mask with me and also showed me which one is excellent and effective. Little did I know back then that wearing a face mask would become a daily task and is still present in people’s everyday life even after almost a year.
To me, there is no obstacle when it comes to wearing a face mask. Besides, in my opinion, there is also absolutely no arguing about it because it has proven to be useful when it comes to preventing from increasing the COVID-19 cases. On the other hand, unfortunately, my skin is still not willing to cooperate with the situation of wearing a face mask. Due to that, the result leads to getting maskne. If you’re wondering now, no I haven’t created this term. Maskne is a thing now, and there is nothing more annoying than waking up the next day with having maskne because of your face mask. Hence, here is what you need to know about it and three tips for preventing you from getting maskne!
WHAT EXACTLY IS MASKNE?
Due to the reason for covering your face all the time, your skin is going through a lot of skin irritations. Wearing a face mask creates a micro-climate since you are breathing into that mask, and due to that, the sweat can not only lead to more oiliness and enlarged pores but also worse to a bacterial infection. The bacterial infection results in pimples and breakouts in the area where your face is covered by the mask and therefore, is known as maskne. A word combination of mask and acne. So if you are getting maskne, try out the following tips from preventing skin blemishes.
1. SKINCARE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER!
For a few years now I’ve been very much into my skincare. It helped me a lot, and now it became routine I’m sticking to every day. Yes, you can say that I am addicted to my 10 Step Korean Skincare Routine. Usually, if you don’t suffer from cystic and hormonal acne, little breakouts on your skin occur from clogged pores. Since our faces are covered by the masks all the time, our skin is not only becoming sweatier but additionally, our pores are getting clogged way faster and immensely easier. Therefore, taking care of your skincare is even more crucial than before. Do your double cleansing in the morning as well in the evening before you go to sleep.
Furthermore, exfoliating became also very significant. Do exfoliate your skin at least twice a week for making sure to get rid of all the dead skin cells. Doing your skincare properly helps you preventing from getting skin blemishes and maskne.
2. CHOOSE YOUR MASK MATERIAL WISELY
Deciding for the right material of the mask is not easy. You have the choice between the disposable medical masks and the cotton ones, which you can wear several times. The problem is that many people with sensitive skin are getting skin irritation because of the material from a disposable medical mask. Therefore, it would be better to go for a cover made out of cotton, which is not only better for your skin but also more environmentally friendly.
However, if you are wearing foundation and make-up under your mask, a cotton mask is not the best choice. Your make-up is going to stick on the inside of your mask, which can then lead to bacterial infections. Due to that, try to minimise make-up as much as possible nowadays. If it’s not possible, then wear a medical mask when having make-up on and a cotton mask when you are foundation free. Hence, you can prevent your skin from getting maskne.
3. REDUCE STRESS & SLEEP A LOT!
With everything that is going on this year; global pandemic, natural disasters, economic crisis, and so much more, it is entirely expected that you feel stressed out. I remember that when I talked to friends in Spring, we all kind of got anxiety attacks, depressions and were crying a lot back then. There are so many changes this year. Everyone is sacrificing something, and nobody knows when we can go back to normal life.
Nevertheless, after living with the pandemic for almost a year now, I somehow got a little bit more relaxed about it. I don’t get mad at things anymore, which I can’t change anyway. During the last months, I also learned to adapt to the situation, and that’s the reason why I’m not freaking out that we just got into the second lockdown now. Instead, I’m trying to reduce my stress, catch up with loved ones and try to sleep a lot. To me, now is the time to catch up on sleep and to work for my dreams and goals, since you can’t really do any activities anyway.
(Of course, I am not motivated all the time for work! Due to that, I just started a Tik Tok account for posting light-hearted content and things that make me happy. Are you also on Tik Tok? Let’s be friends! You can find me under @lyy.hng)
Last but not least, wherever you live right now, I hope that you are safe and healthy! Try to reduce your stress, take care of your skin and sleep more! Maybe tomorrow doesn’t seem to be so bad anymore if you had a bad day today!
Ps: there is also a new Instagram for THE DAILY HAPPINESS.
Let’s connect on Instagram as well under @thedailyhappiness_ for adding lots of sparkle into each other daily life! <3