Enter 2020. Enter the coronavirus. Masks became the new normal, and all of us, as responsible and ethical humans, donned face coverings. Health experts continue to assert that face coverings are society's most effective defence against the further spread of COVID-19, so we lean into our new normal and stock up on cute masks to wear outside. Maskne, on the other hand, has wreaked havoc on the skin as a result of this good.
The name speaks for itself. Maskne is the acne induced by wearing a mask. Apart from the general irritation experienced while wearing a mask, the buildup of oil around the nose and the mouth, along with friction, can result in rashes, itchiness, and clogged pores.
Although we are still struggling to bring an end to the pandemic, luckily there are various tips and tricks to battle past maskne and fortunately, the answer doesn't have to cost you the price of a Zoom call with a dermatologist:
- Commit to cleansing
The most basic and effective way to deal with acne is by using a gentle and skin-friendly facial cleanser. Exfoliating with a scrub can be a tricky move since the skin is already flared and irritated, so a mild cleanser may be the way to go. Oceglow’s Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser with aquamarine extracts helps nourish as well as calm the irritation.
A good and effective moisturiser that is appropriate for your skin type takes the fight against acne a notch higher. It helps to build a protective layer to prevent dryness caused by wearing a face cover for long spells. Apply the moisturizer immediately after washing your face to get the best results. The Oceglow Water Cream is an ultimate water booster providing skin with a nourished and ultra-hydrated appearance. It improves skin’s elasticity while maintaining an optimal hydration level.
- Skip make-up
Wearing make-up under a mask can accelerate the clogging of pores and lead to breakouts. Take a break from make-up and flaunt your natural beauty. Oceglow’s Vitamin Complex Glow Serum can be a great layer of protection that also doubles up as makeshift make-up to make you look radiant and glowing.
- Use clean skincare
Take a break from trying new skin products that can potentially irritate your skin. Wearing a mask for even a short time can make your skin more sensitive. Avoid harsh products that have strong chemicals. The entire Oceglow product range is free of artificial dyes, sulphates and phthalates, making them gentle and sensitive, ideal for most skin types.
- Wash your face mask
It may sound like the most basic solution, but it is definitely one of the most effective. Using a cotton mask over a synthetic mask can help reduce unwanted irritation. Washing the mask daily in hot water with a mild detergent will help it stay fresh and free of bacteria.
Take a break
Take a 15-minute mask break every 4–5 hours. Frontline health care workers fighting the pandemic have found this technique to be very helpful in saving their skin as it helps the skin breathe and adapt to environmental changes.
Go on then. You've got the tools. Let’s win this battle and make our skin proud!