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What’s “Maskne” and How You Can Combat it

by Voices Wellness 04 Feb 2021
Photo: Unsplash

By the looks of the ongoing pandemic, we’ll be donning masks well into 2021 and beyond, which could mean that “maskne” is here to stay. By SAMANTHA FRANCIS

A term born out of these unprecedented times, “maskne” or acne mechanica, refers to pimples located in areas where the mask touches our face. While masks have been proven to be a simple yet effective barrier to prevent respiratory droplets from being exchanged, they can easily trap sweat, oil, and bacteria. The combination of all three? The perfect breeding ground for breakouts over time.

The solution isn’t to stop wearing masks—it’s compulsory in the Lion City, but rather to understand how skin irritation occurs and act to prevent it.

Photo: Style Lease

Switch up your mask regularly

One mask a day is feasible if you’re spending the entire day in an air-conditioned environment doing low-impact activity. But for those going out and about in the humid Singapore weather or planning for a post-work gym session, it might be wise to have a spare mask or two to change into whenever necessary, to prevent build-up of bacteria. 

Wash your face properly

Keeping your face clean is a crucial step to combating maskne. Those with sensitive skin ought to use mild and non-comedogenic face wash to prevent pores from clogging. In addition, use a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturiser to stop skin from over dying out, which can lead to redness and sensitivity.

Skip the makeup

Unless absolutely necessary—like if you’re getting a photoshoot done, keep any makeup to a minimum. After all, having makeup such as foundation on underneath the mask can easily clog pores and cause breakouts. Aside from preventing respiratory droplets from reaching your face, masks also traps your breath and makeup residue, resulting in increased moisture on your face, making it susceptible to bacteria growth.

Material matters

If you’re looking for masks that feel gentle on your skin, consider those made from silk, such as the ones by Style Lease (photo above). Said to cause the least friction out of any fabric, silk masks can prevent minor skin wounds caused by coarse material. Plus, it’s also cooling to the skin and breathable. To ensure the efficacy of silk masks in preventing COVID-19, be sure to check that it comes with a slot for filters.

Photo: Glow Recipe

Try: Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm

Featuring a sorbet-like texture, this cleansing balm uses papaya enzymes to gently resurface skin while removing dirt, oil, and makeup. Hero ingredients like antioxidant-rich blueberry, soothing apricot kernel oil, and moisturising camellia seed oil will leave skin with a glow.

More information here.

Photo: Skin Inc

Try: Skin Inc’s Mask Liner

The homegrown beauty brand has a mask liner that’s designed to act like a shield between one’s skin and the coarse material of masks. Made from a soft, non-woven fabric, the mask is both hypoallergenic and designed for comfort so that skin is soothed from flare-ups and irritation.

More information here.

Photo: Drunk Elephant

Try: Drunk Elephant Sweet Biome Fermented Sake Spray

Keep this spray by your side whenever you need to rejuvenate your skin in the middle of your day. Formulated from a potent cocktail of nutrient-dense ingredients, such as fermented sake extract, kombucha, and hops, the spray helps to reduce redness and promote collagen production.

More information here.










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