Wearing a face mask outside given the humid weather can be a skin infection waiting to happen. What may look like a normal pimple could turn out to be a maskne breakout, which is often caused by sweat, bacteria, and excess oil that get trapped under your mask. When these skin irritants linger on your face, they can seep through your pores and clog it up, leading to maskne.
Of course, the last thing you should do is ditch your face mask when going out. After all, it’s a health mandate that helps keep us and others safe. And while there are dermatological downsides to wearing this protective gear, these can be curbed with the right precautions.
Washing your face isn’t enough
The obvious solution to preventing maskne is to wash your face frequently, right? Not exactly. While washing your face twice a day is good practice, it’s not the be-all-end-all solution. To make your anti-maskne initiative more effective, you might want to start reading the fine print on your cleansing products.
Most facial cleansers take out dirt, oil, and makeup, but not all of them deal with bacteria. When left unchecked, acne-causing bacteria can thrive in your pores. This then leads to breakouts on your cheeks, jawline, or chin.
How to get rid of maskne
If your skincare products don’t have antibacterial properties, it might be time to introduce them into your routine. Start by using a facial cleanser that helps treat maskne right at the source, like the new Pond’s Anti-Bacterial Facial Foam. This is formulated with salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that thoroughly rids your pores of dead skin cells, excess sebum, dirt, and most importantly, acne-causing bacteria. Use it once in the morning (before wearing your mask) and again in the evening (before going to bed) for best results.
Aside from washing your face, make a habit of carrying antibacterial products, especially when going outside. Pack Pond’s Anti-Bacterial Face Wipes and Pond’s Anti-Bacterial Face Mist in your purse or bag to protect your skin on the go. These travel-sized skincare essentials use alpha hydroxy acid or AHA to help exfoliate the top layer of your skin so it stays clean and bacteria-free. For when you’re getting sweaty or when your face is exposed to pollutants, freshen up with a spritz of the mist or dab the wipes on your face to prevent pimples.