During this pandemic we've all started to wear masks more frequently. While they play a vital role in preventing the spread of COVID-19, masks can cause acne breakouts and skin problems like rashes when worn frequently.
There are two main ways masks damage skin. Direct friction which can cause irritation and masks can trap oil, dirt and sweat on the skin which leading to acne breakouts.
So it's now more important than ever to take extra care of your skin. Here are our recommendations...
Avoid Wearing Makeup Under Mask - While it may not be possible to avoid wearing makeup all the time, wearing makeup while wearing a mask can actually clog pores more easily than without a mask. This of course can lead to breakouts, especially in areas where the mask touches the skin.
Cleanse Your Face Daily (Before and After wearing a mask) - The AAD (American Academy of Dermatology) recommends cleansing your face daily to prevent face-mask skin problems with a gentle face cleanser.
The best skincare routine for acne should always use tea tree oil. A good face wash for acne is the Keeva Organics Tea Tree Oil Bubbling Cleanser will help prevent breakouts after a long day of wearing face coverings. This powerful pore cleansing face cleanser leaves skin feeling refreshed and oil-free. It thoroughly cleanses the skin without causing dryness or irritation (a common problem associated with mask wearing).
Moisturize - Right after cleansing and washing your face it's important to apply a moisturizer. If you suffer from acne it's important that the moisturizer actively fights acne at the same time without causing redness or additional irritation caused by wearing a mask.
Gentle yet effective acne moisturizer/acne treatments like Keeva's Tea Tree Oil Acne Cream will actually feed your skin while reducing any acne that would have popped up because of a long day wearing a mask.
Make Sure Your Mask Fits Correctly - Remember the mask should fit snuggly against the skin and not be too loose or too tight. Cotton masks tend to be more breathable and better for your skin health. Cotton on the inside of the mask is especially important for those that suffer from acne as it is less irritating on the skin than other materials.
If you follow these simple tips and use tea tree oil for acne, your skin should remain healthy and blemish free while wearing a mask!