2021 Cosmetic Trends: Maskne Treatments

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2021 Cosmetic Trends: Maskne Treatments

Stemming from the mandatory guidelines of mask wearing for the majority of 2020, and continuing into the new year, “maskne” was one of the biggest talking points in the beauty world – and still is.

Wearing a face mask every day, and for some all-day every day, has resulted in many people experiencing skin irritation. Even people who have never suffered from ‘problem skin’ have seen themselves facing breakouts and sensitivity.

With social distancing measures still in place and face masks still advised and required, it’s safe to say that skincare treatments to help with maskne will be a continuing trend for 2021. In this article, Jarvis Cosmetic Developments briefly explores:

What is Maskne?

First of all, to clarify, “maskne” is an umbrella term for the dermatological conditions which are caused by wearing a face mask. These conditions include breakouts and acne, contact dermatitis, folliculitis and rosacea. Wearing a mask can trigger these conditions or it can worsen existing conditions.

Why Does Maskne Occur?

Simply put, face masks provide the perfect environment for acne and skin irritation. The 3 main factors that cause maskne are:

1. Clogged Pores
2. Friction
3. Sensitivity

Oil, bacteria and dead skin cells are all naturally occurring but, with a face mask on, these substances build up more and clog your pores. Add humidity in the mix from your breathing, and the risk of acne and breakouts is extremely likely.

Friction refers to the material of your face mask rubbing against your skin which will lead to skin irritation. Also, this chafing will consequently cause more oil production which then leads to clogged pores, as mentioned above.

Lastly, if you have sensitive skin already or if your reusable mask gets washed in a scented detergent, wearing a face mask will increase skin irritation. The rough feel on the skin will trigger any underlying sensitivity and cause redness.

What Maskne Treatments Are There?

There is no one magic product that will cure maskne; as we all know, everyone’s skin is different and, as mentioned above, maskne is a diverse collection of dermatological conditions. There are, however, a number of things you can do to help keep your skin healthy and to avoid maskne as best you can.

Strictly Follow Your Skin Routine

By continuing to follow your skincare routine religiously, you will be able to keep your skin clean and healthy. Cleanse your face in the morning and in the evening with your preferred products that suit your skin. Cleansing your face after wearing your mask is also a good idea. Moisturising with a light moisturiser before putting your mask on can also help reduce the friction between mask and skin, which contribute to breakouts and abrasions.

Change or Wash Your Mask Regularly

Sustainable, reusable masks are great for the environment but aren’t great for your skin unless you wash them often. If you wear your mask for a long period of time, the humidity and build-up of other factors can affect your skin, so it is always good to wash it after long periods and to change it often. Frequent washing of your masks is also essential to ensure they are effective in helping protect you and others from virus transmission.

Avoid Wearing Makeup When You Can

Beauty products such as foundation, concealer and powders can clog your pores even further and make your maskne worse. If you know you need to wear a mask, don’t apply makeup so you can remove this risk. By not wearing makeup, you can keep your skin as clean as possible when you wear a mask.

Remember to Exfoliate

By gently exfoliating a couple of times a week, you will keep your pores clear and prevent breakouts. Be careful not to over exfoliate as this may make your skin more susceptible to maskne and irritate your skin further. Choose a gentle exfoliator to ensure your skin’s sensitivity isn’t affected.

Maskne Aftercare Treatments

At Jarvis, we have seen an increased demand for skincare products to help tackle maskne and increased breakouts, as well as treat the aftereffects of maskne.

Wearing a mask has also resulted in things like hyperpigmentation and scarring for many people, so the demand for products to help with this has risen and will continue to rise in 2021.

If you would like to discuss this topic with our industry experts, please get in touch.


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