Maskne, the Phenomenon of Acne Appears Due to Wearing a Mask. Here’s How To Prevent Plus Overcome It!

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During the more than a year of the pandemic, have you ever felt a change in your face?

If you only stay at home and are rarely exposed to the sun, it might be brighter, but if you have to go to work or other interests, you may even have problems that arise, namely sudden acne. So far, maybe your skin is safe but suddenly a lot of pimples appear on your face, especially after wearing a mask.

This phenomenon does not only happen to you, but also to many other people. There is even a special term for this condition, its name is mask aka acne mask. Curious why this happens and how to fix it? Check out the following explanation!

The use of masks is supposed to protect the face but this turns out to have ‘side effects’

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mask stands for acne mask This is a condition when pimples appear on parts of the face that are covered by a mask, for example on the cheeks or chin. Maybe you think that masks should not only protect yourself from viruses but also from pollution and fine dust that should be able to protect your face from acne, why is it the other way around?

Reporting from Alodokter, this is due to friction between the mask and the face which causes irritation and inflammation which eventually triggers the appearance of acne. In addition, masks can also trap heat so that when you breathe only sweat will appear and increase humidity so that germs and bacteria will breed. Cloth masks that are rarely washed can also cause germs and bacteria to grow.

In addition to disturbing appearance, acne also sometimes causes discomfort. That’s why you need to take preventive measures

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If you haven’t experienced it yet, maybe you need to prevent it because this acne can happen to anyone.

  • Always wash cloth masks after use with a hypoallergenic detergent and allow them to dry completely. Meanwhile, if you use a disposable mask then you can bring some as a backup if you feel it’s time to change.
  • Reporting from Healthline, dermatologists also recommend applying an antibiotic cream or gel before wearing a mask.
  • The American Academy of Dermatology Association recommends removing the mask for 15 minutes after wearing it for 4 hours, of course, find a safe place with social distancing to do it yes.
  • Choose a mask that fits snugly on the face but is not too tight, has two or more layers according to the standard, and is made from soft and natural fabrics such as cotton.
  • Don’t forget to wash your face after removing the mask.

If mask has already appeared, then you have to be more patient in taking care of your face so that the effect doesn’t get worse

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If the acne due to the mask has already appeared on the face, then you can do the following things:

  • Do not miss the time to wash your face like in the morning, after wearing a mask, and at night. If you want to dry then use the gentle patting method, avoid rubbing the towel on your face.
  • Use a gentle cleanser to prevent bacteria from growing. Choose one that doesn’t contain alcohol or fragrance so your irritation doesn’t get worse.
  • As much as possible avoid using make-up especially if acne irritation is severe. Make-up as foundation, concealer, and blush can clog pores, which can hinder healing.
  • You can also use skincare which is specifically for acne-prone skin, but know your skin type so that the product can work well.

In addition to prevention and treatment efforts, don’t forget to avoid stress which will actually make your face dim. Don’t forget to also eat healthy food so that your face glows and your body stays in shape.


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