What causes mask acne and how to treat mascne

Masks help keep saliva and any other droplets-emitted from breathing, talking, coughing, or sneezing-from getting into the air and potentially transmitting Covid-19 (or other illnesses). That's what we want them to do, but this means that they trap moisture and bacteria inside, touching your skin resulting in a humid environment where acne-causing bacteria is able to thrive.

We cannot state this enough: You should continue wearing a mask while in public. But when you don't have to be in public, stay home and let your skin breathe.

Invest in a few masks that you can switch out and wash frequently and keep your DreamDots patches at hand. They now come in a handy wallet pack for easy storage.

Optimally, you should wash masks after every use if you're wearing them for extended periods of time. The experts we spoke to agreed that 100 percent cotton masks are the way to go, because it's a breathable fabric that's easily washed.

Disposable masks are preferable, but that can take a toll on your budget and the environment if you're wearing them every day. We suggest, even if you're wearing a disposable mask, to not wear the same one all day. It’s a good idea to change the mask throughout the day just so that the bacteria that has been forming doesn’t have a chance to continue to grow and disrupt the skin.

If you typically wear makeup, avoid putting it in the areas the mask is covering. (Now is the perfect time to focus your energy on your winged eyeliner, am I right?!) Keep your face clean and moisturized and don't over-exfoliate. People often think they need to dry out acne, but drying out your skin can actually lead to more breakouts. Even if you have oily skin, it is vital to keep your skin barrier intact. Moisturized skin will help prevent chafing or rashes.

Wash your face before putting on a mask and after taking it off. Use gentle foaming cleansers that will remove oil efficiently. If you have acne-prone or extremely oily skin, use a face wash that has salicylic acid so that the excess oil and dead skin can be removed, which can help prevent clogged pores or breakouts. Pro tip: Pimple patches: These have changed the game. DreamDots use hydrocolloid (the same thing you'll find in some hospital wound bandages) to draw all the puss and oil to them. Depending on the size and severity of the pimple, you could put one on at night and wake up with a smooth surface. They'll also prevent you from picking. There's some good news, too: You can wear them all over your face under a mask and no one will ever know.

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