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Beauty Byline with Sanah: Unwanted guests taking over your face? It may be Maskne.

We all break out for different reasons but if you’ve started to notice acne around your mouth,

you may have a case of Maskne - acne caused by masks. As masks quickly become a

necessary accessory, your skin will need some extra TLC. Those pimples won’t stop popping up

without your help.



If you’ve worn a mask recently (you should be!), you know those things can be hot, sweaty, and

uncomfortable. The sweat buildup plus the bacteria from your exhale can clog your pores

causing acne. The constant rubbing against your skin can also cause irritation and

inflammation. Your face is not used to this.


You do not have to live like this. Make some minor changes and your skin will thank you.


Clean your mask: Never wear a dirty mask. You should be washing your mask after every

wear to ensure it is bacteria-free. If you’re in an environment where you’re sweating or dirty, you

should have extra masks to swap out so you can keep your skin as clean as possible.


Pick the right fabric: There are masks in so many different fabrics. People are getting creative

with embellished masks but if you can’t wash it, you can’t keep it clean. You need to be able to

wash it after every wear, so it has to be durable. You should try out different fabrics to see if

you’re sensitive to some more than others. My skin has responded well to one hundred percent

cotton.


Add some new products: You should be washing your face before and after wearing a mask.

Experts recommend switching to a gentle or sensitive face wash and finding an acne ointment

to control the flare-up. Adding a protective barrier cream or petroleum jelly could also help with

the breakout.


Don’t overdo it: Patience. Give the products a chance to work. If you keep piling on acne

creams, you’ll only irritate your skin more. You should also stop touching your face when you’re

not wearing a mask.


Avoid wearing makeup: Masks can get hot and humid, trapping in moisture. If you must wear

makeup, keep it light and make sure it is not going to clog your pores. Your skin needs to

breathe as much as possible.


Let your skin breathe: Unless you’re having to wear a mask for long hours at work, you need

to let your skin breathe. Health experts say you only need to wear a mask if you can’t maintain a

safe distance and in enclosed public spaces.


There are many reasons why you may be breaking out but these tips could help keep the acne

away. I use Clinique products to help with my random flare-ups. They’ve been working for me so far.


Share with me at threadbeautyspa@gmail.com what you’re doing to keep your skin

feeling fresh and healthy.


Mask Up and Stay Safe.


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