Wearing masks as become essential need nowadays in our daily life routine. Masks have replaced with make-up products like lipsticks that contributed to the idea of beauty.
Masks were certainly advised to be worn for preventing the coronavirus and it is found that wearing masks can also affect our skin, the impact as gone worse during the summer months due to existing weather conditions.
To protect your face with a mask creates a moist and hot environment which impacts on our skin as our breathing gets trapped. This can lead to sweat and oil on the skin under the mask, this leads to rashes and inflammation.
The word ‘Maskne’ is trending in internet, which is basically stands for ‘Mask + Acne’. This is used for all the undesired side effects of having masks on our faces.
Dr Harold Lancer, of Lancer Dermatology, urged people to “use simple 100% cotton fabric to construct it” as people make masks at home. He says:
“The more synthetic a material is, the more heat retention occurs on the skin that is covered by the mask. This will lead to irritation and breakouts.”
To control the excess oil on face it is important to use face wipes, if you are wearing a mask for several hours. It is always advised to clean the skin with a gentle antibacterial cleanser and have a facial washing every few hours and use lightweight moisturizer after cleansing.