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Maskne: Is your face mask causing your breakouts?

The pandemic has affected every inch of our lives, from our mental health to the condition of our skin. While it may have encouraged us to ditch our daily makeup routines as we’ve stayed away from the office and nights out have become a distant memory, the new must-have accessory of the year – the face mask – while helpful in protecting us from the spread of the coronavirus, may not be as good for our skin.

Here’s how to keep maskne at bay and prevent potential breakouts caused by wearing your face covering:

Why are masks affecting our skin?

Anyone can get acne mechanica and that’s why face coverings are causing many of us to breakout. It’s a type of acne triggered by friction or excess heat. While common acne has its roots in our hormones, acne mechanica is the result of something trapping heat, putting pressure or rubbing against the skin, breaking down its barrier and clogging your pores, hence why the rise in face mask wearing has caused many of us to notice changes in our skin.

How to prevent your face covering giving you maskne

Prioritise your skin over fashion. While your face covering might look cool, it might not be made out of a breathable fabric. Choose a smooth texture to cut down on friction and a natural fibre like cotton or silk, which are both typically lightweight and gentle enough for sensitive skin.
Fit is important too. If you’re having to regularly adjust your mask and touch your face, you’ll transfer oil and dirt on to it. You also don’t want it to be too tight and cause friction. Opting for a mask with adjustable ties can help you customise the fit. Keeping it clean is also essential. Wash your mask with a non-irritating soap after every use to remove any oil, sweat or other nasties.

Your maskne skincare solutions

Just as keeping your mask clean is important, cleansing your skin properly is also key to remove the build-up of dirt and oil and maintain a fresh and healthy complexion.

Our Vichy Normaderm Phytosolution Purifying Cleansing Gel is enriched with salicylic acid to help purify and refresh your skin, removing dirt, dust and pollutant particles, so it feels cleansed and clearer.

To help protect your skin’s barrier and control excess oil, follow with our salicylic acid moisturiser, the Normaderm Phytosolution Double Correction Daily Care Moisturiser. This lightweight cream is easily absorbed and hydrates skin for up to 24 hours while also exfoliating.

For a targeted overnight maskne treatment, use Vichy Normaderm Phytosolution SOS Sulphur Paste. Enriched with 10% sulphur, niacinamide and glycolic acid, it helps to dry out spots and minimise their appearance and your pores while you sleep.

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