Sun + Sweat + Masks = Maskne

Dr Toni Philips, Group Clinical Director at Destination Skin and Make Up Artist, Selen Hurer, discuss their top tips for avoiding ‘maskne’ breakouts as a result of wearing a face mask

Face masks have become a way of life over the last year and over recent months, most of us, have started to get used to this ‘new normal’. However, as we enter the scorching summer months, it’s becoming a little less comfortable. We’re naturally sweating more and with the increased heat build-up from covering our faces, many of us will find this could result in breakouts or ‘maskne’.

As we look to put on our best outfits, and faces, it’s worth remembering that the sweat and bacteria from our mouths are lingering beneath the mask. Combine it with makeup and it’s a perfect recipe for disaster, especially for those who are already prone to chin and jaw breakouts.

To help avoid breakouts, Make Up Artist, Selen Hurer suggests “letting your skin breathe and avoid wearing makeup all together. However, if you want to wear makeup, mineral foundation with natural and clean-based ingredients are best as they don’t clog the skin.”

Destination Skin’s Group Clinical Director, Dr Toni Philips, also shares her top tips on how best to look after your skin and avoid breakouts during the warmer summer months…

1. Treat your skin right

For people that have to wear a mask in the heat all day, such as hairdressers, carers etc. It’s quite likely that they may experience contact irritation, causing redness or a localised rash. It’s important to stay on top of this and soothe the skin quickly, a treatment like Sudocrem will help treat the affected areas quickly.

Wearing a mask or face covering for longer periods of time in the heat will also lead to a greater build-up of dirt and oil throughout the day. Especially as you should be regularly applying SPF 50+ sun cream to protect your skin.

Effective two-step cleansing will be more important than ever, helping to avoid breakouts, enhance your skin and give it a healthy glow.

2. Keep your skin clean

In terms of general skin care in the heat, the key is effective cleansing; this is not the time for gentle cleansers.

Cleansing minimises congested skin and clogged pores, which can lead to inflammation, large pores, blackheads, and a dull and uneven complexion. Ensure you use the right cleanser for your skin type so as to not interfere with the skin barrier and water levels but to remove excess oil (if present), and gently. You’ll be left with optimally clean, hydrated and glowing skin.

3. Hydrate your skin

Keeping your skin hydrated is just as key as keeping it clean in this heat. A quality hydrating product, suitable for your skin type, will be important to protect the skin barrier from the physical irritation that can be caused by face masks.

4. A clean mask, keeps your skin clean

To avoid adding any additional dirt or oil to the skin, which can clog your pores and lead to maskne, it’s key that the inside part of your mask is clean. Even if you are only wearing a mask on public transport or for just popping to the shops – it will still trap dirt, oil and makeup.

The best option for cleaner, fresher skin, are disposable masks as they can be changed frequently. This will minimise the irritation risk to your skin and prevent blemishes.

If you are using fabric or home-made face coverings, these need to be washed daily as they will trap dead skin cells, oil, dirt and makeup.

With the combination of a clean face covering and consistent skin care routine, you should be able to prevent breakouts and other more serious problems such as skin rashes or acne, and simply enjoy the summer in style – though do keep your skin protected from the sun!

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