It’s good to be back! However, I have encountered a new generation of skin problems lurking beneath every mask and face covering. We know that prevention is better than cure, understanding the potential problem will allow you to avoid it and of course we are always on hand for help and advice if you need it.
Officially known as Acne Mechanica, this is not acne in the true sense, it’s a ‘man-made’ skin condition. It usually effects the face, the area beneath your mask or face covering because of the occlusive environment that has been created. The air under your mask is humid and warm, and the mask itself may cause friction.
Let us look at these 2 issues individually:
The air under your mask is humid and warm – the ideal breeding ground for bacteria, fungus and virus
Breathing in and out in an occlusive environment means that nasal mucosa, oil, bacteria, fungus and virus are being deposited directly on to your skin. This may lead to the development of Cutaneous bacterium (Cutibacterium acne). You may also be more susceptible to the herpes simplex virus (cold sores) if you’re prone to them.
Its hot under a mask - this may lead to perspiration. Sweat contains bacteria and oil.
Sweat and bacteria mixed with make-up will lead to blocked pores and blackheads. With all of this going on. It’s likely that your skin barrier (the protective barrier that keeps the goodness in and the badness out!) will become damaged, leading to dryness, dehydration, and sensitivity.
The mask itself may cause friction.
This may make your skin red and inflamed, which may also cause further damage to your skin barrier.
How to help yourself throughout the day.
o Remove your mask (safely) as often as possible.
o Change your mask regularly for a fresh one, if you’re wearing it for prolonged periods.
o Avoid wearing heavy make-up when wearing a mask.
o Avoid long wear and ultra-wear foundation when wearing a mask.
o Avoid touching your face after applying drying hand sanitisers. It will transfer and dry your face.
We would recommend the following to prevent / combat mask acne:
Essential Miracle Cleansing Jelly - a gentle yet effective cleanser, with no added fragrance. It will help your skin while vulnerable.
Essential Deep Cleansing & Skin Rejuvenation System - its 4 times more effective than manual cleansing. The perfect way to ensure your pores don’t become blocked.
Essential Exfoliating Gel - prevents the build-up of dead cells. Dead cells block your hair follicles, and bacteria will ‘fester’ within them, leading to spots and blackheads.
Total Skin Repair Concentrate – will repair your skin, reduce inflammation and redness. Promote the healing process by stimulating regeneration and repair proteins (collagen, elastin). It’s your go to SOS treatment for all skin types.
Sensitive Skin Rich Cream - this will hydrate, nourish, calm and sooth your skin. Helping to reduce inflammation and keep you skin barrier intact.
Smoothing Resurfacing Mask or Repairing Nourishing Mask - depending on how dry your skin is, this weekly or bi-weekly treat will do exactly what it says on the tin. The Smoothing Resurfacing Mask isn’t harsh or aggressive, its deep cleansing formulation is infused with soothing Aloe Vera, which fights bacteria and virus on the skin
Regular Facials – alongside the above home care products to keep your skin clean, strong, and hydrated you cannot beat a salon treatment to ensure your skin is able to work to its best potential.
Please be careful with your skin, if you see spots appearing don’t rush out and buy harsh, stripping products for oily skin. It will make the problem worse. Come and see us!
Jan and Clare