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  • Writer's pictureThe M Factor Corrective Skin Care

Are You Dealing with Maskne?

Did you know that there is a good chance, during these times of Covid-19, that you are subjecting your skin to “Maskne” AKA Acne Mechanica? Acne mechanica is a type of skin irritation that is caused by excess heat, pressure and rubbing against the skin. All of these facial masks we are wearing can cause debris, sweat and saliva to be trapped on the skin, which can result in breakouts and rashes, dubbed "Maskne".

Tips for Treating "Maskne":

  • Use a gentle cleanser and moisturizer before putting on your mask

  • When treating spots of acne, use a salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide topical treatment

  • Wear less product during the day to ensure your pores do not get clogged

  • No makeup is best, avoid wearing makeup underneath your mask. The combination of makeup and sweat under the mask can cause irritated skin and clogged pores

Tip: Retinoids increase cell turnover and prevent dead skin cells from clogging the pores

Are you dealing with dry skin during Covid-19 too from all the cleaning and alcohol based sanitizers? You are not alone, many people are also dealing with extremely dry skin, skin irritation and even eczema on their hands as a result of increased hand washing and frequent use of hand sanitizer.

Save Your Poor Hands:

  • Use a fragrance-free, gentle soap to wash your hands.

  • Moisturize your hands after you wash them. For severely dry hands, an ointment, such as Vaseline, is best.

Tip: When you can, always choose the option of using a fragrance-free gentle soap for washing your hands versus a hand sanitizer.


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