Maskne - What is it?

The effects wearing a mask has on your skin.

Since Covid and the increase in hygiene procedures, face masks are the new accessory. But this has had a huge effect on our skin with concerns of increased perioral dermatitis and bacteria around our mouth. So we have looked into what is happening with your skin, products to help and also what we can do to help.

Face masks create a blockage of airflow, which increases the amount of moisture next to your skin. When wearing a face mask for long periods of time, build the moisture up and can lead to breakouts and skin irritation on the nasal bridge, chin, or cheeks.

If you have a history of acne, rosacea (redness), perioral dermatitis, eczema, or allergic contact dermatitis, you may encounter more inflammation around those areas, the longer you continue to wear the mask. Many people can experience irritation or chafing behind their ears because of the elastic bands rubbing.

A few ways to help prevent breakouts and irritation is to keep your skin clean and well moisturized. Cleanse Before and after wearing your mask to remove any oil, dirt, makeup, and bacteria. Then moisturize your skin. Using moisturizers that have dimethicone or ceramides ingredients in it, such as the Medik8 “Daily radiance Vitamin C moisturizer” or Medik8 “Balance moisturizer” can help repair the skin barrier to prevent irritation.

A great facial we offer in salon to help skin is our Healite facial. Our Healite Facial uses an LED Light to help to reduce redness, recover and hydrate skin. Healite Therapy also improves collagen within your skin, improves your bodies healing time and kills the acne causing bacteria found in our skin.