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Face Mask Acne: How to Prevent ‘Maskne’

Due to wearing a face mask for a prolonged period of time, many people are starting to experience issues with their skin underneath the mask. This problem, known as face mask acne or ‘maskne’, is becoming a serious problem. 

What is Maskne?

Maskne is a type of breakout on the skin, which is caused by the constant friction of the mask material on your skin. This type of acne is known as ‘acne mechanica’ and commonly occurs in people wearing masks for a long period of time.

Along with the constant friction on your skin, maskne is also triggered by pores being blocked by sweat, oil, makeup, and bacteria which sits on the skin under your mask. This can cause outbreaks of spots, blemishes, inflamed hair follicles, irritation, and redness.

How Do You Prevent Maskne?

At the moment, wearing a mask is necessary in the majority of social situations, so prevention is your best course of action when it comes to tackling face mask acne.

SO if you are suffering with maskne or want to prevent it appearing, here is what you can do.

Wash & Change Your Mask Regularly

Bacteria and dirt will build up over time on a mask, so make sure you wash it regularly to reduce the amount of irritation on your skin. If you are wearing a disposable mask, replace them as often as possible.

Keep Your Skin Fresh

It is really important that you regularly remove toxins from your skin and using a natural clay mask once a week is the best prevention you can add to your skincare routine. By using our Rainforest Blue Clays face powder it helps to detoxify the skin and draw out impurities and oils from the surface of the skin. Our Natural Blue Clay is also known as “Healing Clay” in Costa Rica as it is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antitumoral, and has been used as a naturopathic remedy for various skin diseases, infections and other bodily ailments. The clay is rich in minerals and acids that can benefit skin. So make sure you are using a clay face mask at least once a week alongside a moisturizer like a pure coconut oil.