Just when we were finally settling into our new normal, and remembering to grab a mask on our way out, along with our keys and other essentials, we walk by the mirror and catch a glance of something new going on with our skin, and it isn’t good. After all these months of social distancing our skin should be glowing with zero imperfections, right? Sadly, the short answer is no. While acne can show its ugly face at any stage of life, skin irritations, rashes, and acne have become increasingly popular with mask wearing. 

Maskne or mask related acne is real. “It has always been an issue in professions where you have to wear a mask regularly, but now that the general public has to wear masks, the incidence of it has certainly increased.” (1)

No worries. We are tough and we can conquer this too. There are several ways to help alleviate mask related skin irritations. Maintaining a daily and gentle skin care routine can help to prevent and heal. Let’s run through it.

Keep your skin clean and dry.

Not only is skin cleanliness a priority, so is a clean and proper fitting mask. Many medical professionals suggest washing cloth masks after each use. Regular washing removes dirt, oil and skin particles that contribute to skin irritation. Follow the care instructions on your mask and keep them clean, with regular hand or machine washing. Do you work out in a public gym? Consider having a second, dry mask to change into. A proper fitting mask, snug yet comfortable, can limit skin friction and irritation.

Back to skin. Clean skin is so important. Equally important is using a gentle yet effective product. Plexaderm Peppermint Exfoliating Cleanser contains an invigorating blend of oils and extracts to calm and soothe the skin while the exfoliating beads work to remove daily build-up of dirt, oil and makeup. 

Keep your skin moisturized.

Moisturizing before and after mask wearing can help towards preventing problems. Moisturizers form a barrier between your skin and mask limiting friction. Many dermatologists recommend moisturizers with Hyaluronic Acid and ceramides in their ingredients. Plex-Perfect Daily Moisturizer is an oil-free moisturizer and is fragrance free, non-greasy and contains ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid to aid in retaining moisture and fighting skin dryness and irritation. The perfect companion for mask wearers!

Avoid makeup products under the mask.

Makeup and other topicals can irritate the skin under your mask. Keeping your skin clean throughout the day can sometimes be challenging. With our Reset & Replenish Pads, you can “wash” up – no sink required, effectively and quickly. If you are not cleansing, you are doing your skin an injustice. 

Take a mask break when you can.

“Take a 15-minute mask break every 4 hours. Health care workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic have found that this helps save their skin. Of course, only remove your mask when it’s safe to do so and after washing your hands.” (2) Here are a few places that in general are considered safe to be without a mask.

Outdoors, as long as you are allowing for proper social distancing requirements.

In your car

In your home

One final note. While we remain in a masked environment for an unforeseen amount of time into the future, the eyes are now the first impression. If you need a temporary solution to visibly reduce under eye bags, lines wrinkles, and dark circles, Rapid Reduction Serum is your go to for results that last up to 10 hours.  Visit Plexaderm Skincare today and see how we can conquer all of your skincare concerns.