While the origins of the term ‘maskne’ might be a little cloudy, one thing is sure – this 2020 buzzword is not disappearing anytime soon, especially with the recent news that from 24 July, all UK residents will be required to wear a face covering (mask) in shops by law.
So… what exactly IS maskne and how is it evolving our beauty regimes? Read on to find out more about this new skin concern and discover top tips, tricks and products you need in your beauty arsenal.
What is Maskne?
A play on words which combines the words mask and acne. It isn’t featured in any of the official dictionaries yet but based on the recent addition of ‘Brexit’, we give it a few months before it’s official.
Maskne is a term for skin concerns experienced as the direct result of wearing a face mask (specifically experienced during the Coronavirus pandemic), including acne, rashes and excess dryness. The main causes of these concerns are:
- Blackheads and whiteheads – the result of friction from a face mask clogging pores (especially the t-zone area) where skin is prone to congestion.
- Acne – the result of moisture contained within a face mask (from breath and sweat) contributing to increased bacteria which further clogs pores and increases the risk of blemishes.
- Dryness and sensitivity – also the result of friction (often experienced by already normal-dry skin types) where the mask gradually rubs at the skin’s barrier and compromises moisture levels beneath the surface.
Regardless of these new (or aggravated) skin issues, we all understand that this is the price we must pay to keep ourselves (and others) protected and safe during the pandemic… so what can we collectively do to help our skin recover?
Excess oil/blemishes: introduce an AHA or BHA
If your skin is naturally oily and/or blemish prone and you’ve noticed an increase in blemishes because you’ve been wearing a face covering, we’d recommend introducing a naturally exfoliating ingredient to your regime. An AHA (Alpha-Hydroxy Acid) or BHA (Beta-Hydroxy Acid), for example, will help to thoroughly clean your skin of the deep dwelling dirt and excess oils which can lead to breakouts.
Products you need: Delve into the world of BHAs with our best-selling Salicylic Acid Purifying Cleansing Wash (£7.99); formulated to detox and deep clean congested skin, without causing added irritation. Follow-up with our Salicylic Acid Purify & Refresh Facial Scrub (£8.99) a few times a week (or when skin feels most congested) to further prevent breakouts.
Dryness/sensitivity: opt for a soothing alternative
Sensitised and dry skin types can rely on our Rose Gentle Foaming Cleanser (£11) as a gentle alternative, which equally prioritises cleansing and removing daily impurities, but has been enriched with a soothing (and hydrating) cocktail of Hyaluronic Acid, Rosehip, Aloe Vera and Marshmallow to tackle any dry and sensitive patches.
All skin types: try a hydrating night-time cream
Locking in moisture is vital for all skin types, regardless of whether your skin is dry or oily, in order to maintain optimum skin balance. Using a night-time treatment is most beneficial, as night creams are generally thicker and boosted with a higher concentration of key ingredients in order to rebalance your skin while you sleep.
It’ll come as no surprise that we’re rooting for a hydrating night cream with soothing properties to help your complexion recover from the daytime effects of wearing a face mask (and the usual daily environmental aggressors).
Our recommendations? Opt for our award-winning Rose Hydrate Peaceful Skin Night Cream (£14.99) if you have dry/sensitive skin or the Hyaluronic Acid Firming Super Lift Night Cream (£16.99) if you identify as normal/oily.