The Beauty Spot: How to treat and prevent face mask inducing 'maskne'

The Beauty Spot: How to treat and prevent face mask inducing 'maskne'

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Mask wearing promotes a warm, moist environment which is created by talking, breathing and sweating within the mask, creating an ideal environment for bacteria to grow.

This in turn then leads to the build-up and spread of often painful acne beneath the mask. This bacteria promoting environment, combined with clogged pores from the occlusion of the mask, unavoidable friction caused by the mask and sometimes pre-existing acne are all elements contributing to the breakdown of the skin’s hydrolipidic barrier, resulting in ‘maskne’.

Traditionally we would use ingredients such as salicylic acids, alpha hydroxy acids and retinols to treat acne, however as the skin’s barrier is now compromised due to the friction of the mask, only a more gentle approach to treating maskne will work.

There are some simple things we can do to help our skin and give it the best possible chance against maskne.

Number one is ensuring that you wear a clean mas. This will help to prevent the spread if you already have a breakout. If you are using re-usable masks then wash it frequently (every 1-2 days).

Avoid thick skincare creams as these can aggravate breakouts with or without a mask, butwill generally occur more easily when wearing one.

Wearing make-up is fine but don't be heavy handed! Also try to wear a cotton or silk mask to reduce irritation especilally if you are experiencing contact dermatitis.

Skinmade have recently released a 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free oil based ‘Clean & Care’ cleanser range. Using Skinmade’s patented A.I. technology, one of four gentle cleansers is very carefully selected for your skin.

The mild and gentle cleanser range supports the skin instead of stripping it. The skin’s protective barrier remains intact and is not stripped from the skin. A cleansing factor we should all strive for in normal times.

Skinmade’s new Clean & Care oil cleansers thoroughly cleanse our skin without the use of surfactants, which can strip the natural oils on the skin and lead to a weakened barrier function. With Clean and Care cleansing oil, there is no tension in the skin following use and skin is not left feeling dry and tight, as is the case with so many other popular cleansers.

The combination of high-quality castor, jojoba and olive oil protects and nourishes the skin. Argan oil is also included to enhance the nourishing effect. Castor oil helps to reduce inflammation, impurities and skin irritation. Sunflower oil provides vital skin vitamins A, to aid cell renewal, and E which works as an antioxidant.

Dr. Lars Rüther, Head of Laboratory & Research at Dermatest, says: "Surfactants and other washing-active chemical substances found in so many other cleansing products dry out the skin in the medium term, as they attack not only excess fat but also the lipids between the cells, which often leads to a disruption of the skin barrier”.

“With Skinmade’s new Clean & Care oil cleansers, the hydrolipid film of the skin is protected and therefore the skin does not react by producing more lipids. The benefit of the oil cleansing method is that oil is lipophilic, meaning that oil likes oil, so it binds to it easily. This means that products such as heavy make-up, sunscreens and everyday build up and debris all bind easily to the clean and care oil, for an easy, gentle removal”.

Each of the four Clean & Care oil cleansers differ in their concentration levels of the three main cold-pressed and organic oil ingredients: jojoba, olive and castor oil.

Skinmade’s Clean & Care cleanser range is available now in Ireland in Akina Beauty & Laser Clinic in Dublin 2, or online at akina.ie. Each client is advised to first undergo a 5 minute, non-invasive biophysical skin-reading to ensure the correct Skinmade products are selected for the individual needs of their skin. The skin-reading is completely free and the gentle, barrier nourishing Clean & Care cleansing products retail at only €39.