Say Goodbye To Your Maskne!

After a month of re-opening, catching up and dispatching your orders safely and on-time. We are back to provide you with great skin care tips, more importantly focusing on our change of lifestyle involving social distancing and wearing face masks whilst travelling outside.

As of 15th June it will be compulsory to wear a face mask on public transport. As great as this is for helping control the spread of Covid-19, the pro-longed wear of face masks can definitely lead to acne breakouts. In this blog we cover what causes maskne alongside a great routine to help diminish and prevent acne breakouts.

What Exactly Causes Maskne?

As the name indicates, maskne is a type of breakout that occurs from wearing a face mask. Maskne is the result of acne mechanica, which is prompted in areas impacted due to friction, pressure or rubbing. For masks in particular, breathing for hours with the mask on creates humidity allowing to form a breeding ground for acne. This in combination with the friction caused by the mask can irritate the skin's natural barrier, and make it more vulnerable to breakouts.

To add to this, a lot of people are applying make-up then wearing a face mask to travel. This humid environment can lead to clogging up pores, and leading to sebum (oil) and bacteria proliferating under the skin in the effected area covered by a face mask.

How To Treat Maskne?

Treating maskne or acne mechanica needs to be done gently. As this is caused by friction and skin irritation, applying an aggressive, powerful anti-acne treatment could lead to doing more damage than good like further skin redness. It's more about carefully rebuilding the skin barrier than diminishing the current breakout. Using more gentle ingredients such as salicylic acid rather than pure retinol can lead to a quicker, stress-free treatment process as this will get rid of acne causing bacteria without exacerbating irritation.

Below we've constructed a great routine featuring some of our best acne treatments that you should use to get rid of or help prevent maskne.

Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme


Clinically developed with a unique blend of acids to gently remove dirt, make-up and surface oils without causing irritation. Most importantly, this cleanser excludes glycolic acid which although is great for oily/acne prone skin types, can damage dry, sensitive skin. This clinically proven formula results in the skin feeling clean, soft and smooth with improved texture.

Clinisept Prep & Procedure Solution


Clinisept gently cleanses to provide high levels of anti-microbial protection, but leaves no residue or chemical burden. Clinisept has been dermatologically tested providing optimum conditions and an ideal environment for recovering skin. A skin neutral pH, non toxic formula that also contains no alcohol, chlorhexidine, petroleum or oils and has been proven non-sensitising even to sensitive skin. Clinisept also released a statement during the first of March claiming that the product has been rigorously tested and proven to be highly effective in killing all enveloped viruses, including Coronavirus in under 15 seconds.

BiRetix Duo Anti-Blemish Gel


An anti-blemish gel with keratolytic and clarifying activity. It's exfoliating action and the presence of ingredients which help prevent micro-organism proliferation make it especially suitable for improving the first stages of acne. Formulated with RetinSphere Technology, an innovative combination of retinoids that prevents pore blockage, and BIOPEP-15, an oligopeptide that inhibits the activity of micro-organisms which contribute to the development of acne. The presence of ingredients with exfoliating and antioxidant activity boosts its efficacy. This exclusive formulation stimulates cell renewal and gently exfoliates surface skin layers, helping to reduce blemishes and preventing their formulation. Vitamin E contributes to maintaining the skin barrier balance.

La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Serum


This serum targets the appearance of pigmentation, for a more luminous complexion. Specially formulated to be suitable for sensitive sin prone to pigmentation. Designed for use on the face and lower neckline, as an addition to reduce the appearance of pigmentation. With a gentle moisturising fluid texture, skin tone is left looking more even and radiant. Serum helps to fade ingrained dark spots and lastingly even out complexion. This serum offers instant and lasting efficacy, combining LHA with the powerful complex to significantly reduces the appearance of dark spots and pigment flaws for a complexion that looks more even. Its anti-dark spot efficacy helps to maintain long lasting skin uniformity and radiance.

NeoStrata Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum


Works to volumise slack skin with Aminofil to help plump and firm skin for a more lifted appearance. Tone is renewed with gluconolactone, formulated to enhance exfoliation and even pigment for enhanced clarity. Smooths skin with low molecular weight hyaluronic acid while providing surface hydration and exfoliation for increased luminosity. This serum is great for targeting all signs of ageing, formulated with a proprietary triple anti-ageing complex to help volumise and sculpt skin, filling the look of deep wrinkles and improving the appearance of skin laxity.

Oxygenetix Acne Foundation SPF 30


Oxygenetix Acne Foundation effectively covers and helps heal post-procedure skin, this breathable foundation is both a treatment and lightweight make-up. Enriched with aloe vera and revolutionary ceravitae complex to increase to increase the skin's oxygen uptake and help speed up the healing process of post-procedure scars. Complete with salicylic acid to help unblock pores and control sebum production. Finalised with added SPF 30 to keep delicate skin protected again UVA/B rays. Available in 14 different shades so you can find your perfect match.

Heliocare 360° Gel Oil Free


The ideal sunscreen for problematic, sensitive complexions. It's SPF 50, oil-free formula aids in controlling sebum production to prevent blemishes and minimise shine. Enriched with antioxidants and Heliocare's patented Fernblock to ensure that the skin is well-protected from UVA and UVB rays, visible light and Infrared A-radiation.

 

If you have purchased or used any of the products mentioned, let us know how well they did! If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at sales@healthandbeautyonline.co.uk


FAQs About Face Mask Acne "Maskne"

What exactly causes maskne?

As the name indicates, maskne is a type of breakout that occurs from wearing a face mask. Maskne is the result of acne mechanica, which is prompted in areas impacted due to friction, pressure or rubbing. For masks in particular, breathing for hours with the mask on creates humidity allowing to form a breeding ground for acne. This in combination with the friction caused by the mask can irritate the skin's natural barrier, and make it more vulnerable to breakouts.

To add to this, a lot of people are applying make-up then wearing a face mask to travel. This humid environment can lead to clogging up pores, and leading to sebum (oil) and bacteria proliferating under the skin in the effected area covered by a face mask.

How Do I Treat Maskne?

Treating maskne or acne mechanica needs to be done gently. As this is caused by friction and skin irritation, applying an aggressive, powerful anti-acne treatment could lead to doing more damage than good like further skin redness. It's more about carefully rebuilding the skin barrier than diminishing the current breakout. Using more gentle ingredients such as salicylic acid rather than pure retinol can lead to a quicker, stress-free treatment process as this will get rid of acne causing bacteria without exacerbating irritation.

How does Salicylic Acid treat acne?

Salicylic acid is a form of beta-hydroxy acid. It works as a liquid exfoliant to prevent excess oil from clogging pores and causing breakouts. Salicylic acid dissolves oil buildup on the surface of the skin while acting as an anti-inflammatory to reduce irritation.

What causes acne and blemishes?

Acne is most commonly linked to changes in hormone levels during puberty, pregnancy or the menstrual cycle. The NHS have said that roughly 80% of people aged 11 to 30 are affected by acne. The main cause of acne is from our body producing an excess amount of sebum (commonly referred to as oil) which can enrage the usually harmless bacterium and lead to inflammation, blemishes and pus.

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