It has been months since we transitioned into the ‘Masked Life’ brought about the ongoing pandemic. Face masks are now staples in our OOTDs when we go out or even inside the house. Whenever the mask comes off we may have noticed some new facial foes – blemishes, pimples, redness and skin irritation around the cheeks, jawline and mouth. These irritations have become ubiquitous that mask acne is now called ‘maskne’.
Dermatologists have noticed that maskne develops as people wear masks for prolonged period of time. Breakouts are seen in the areas covered by masks and face shields that touch the skin. Moisture, bacteria, friction and weather play into the emergence of these pesky skin growths.
While ultimately a dermatologist’s advice is still important, SM Supermalls’s shops have solutions to the irritating maskne. Anti-acne products are aplenty at Watsons and other wellness shops like SkinStation in SM Cherry Antipolo, Dermcare, Bioessence at SM City Masinag, SM City San San Mateo and The Face Shop at SM City Masinag among others. These products may contain one or more ingredients like topical salicylic acid, retinoids, benzoil peroxide, which can help unclog pores and reduce oiliness of the skin.
Gentle moisturizers which are gel-based or water-based are good options to moisturize the skin. It can help restore the integrity of the skin’s barrier as it is compromised from using facial masks and coverings. Likewise, masks that are made from cloth, cotton or breathable masks are good in preventing maskne. Local clothing lines like Regatta and Penshoppe offer cloth face masks in packs.
Taking extra steps in taking care of our skin while steering clear from the coronavirus could be tedious but washing hands and face, even the masks we use after a day could be of big help in beating out maskne and the lingering Covid-19.
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