Let’s Talk About Acne, Maskne, and Cures.
Maskne Cures and Tips on Prevention
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, anything can cause acne breakouts; from your chosen diet to exercise to genetics to underlying skin conditions, there are numerous reasons for those annoying pimples on your face.
However, in the age of mask mandates because of coronavirus and the humidity of the rainy season, there is an even higher risk of breakouts than before. Finding an acne treatment program in Singapore is possible. Visit us at cAL for a consultation on your skin!
What causes acne?
Acne starts when the pores in your skin get clogged with oil and dead skin cells. “The clinical term for maskne is acne mechanic and it is caused by friction, rubbing, and occlusion of the skin by outside forces.”
Each pore is connected to a sebaceous gland, which produces an oily substance called sebum. Extra sebum can plug pores, causing the growth of a bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes.
Your white blood cells attack P. acnes, leading to skin inflammation and acne. Some cases of acne are more severe than others, but common symptoms include whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples.
Many factors may contribute to the development of acne, including:
After figuring out the cause, let’s prevent future breakouts. As always, standard facials and treatments are the most effective for reducing acne. Schedule a consultation at cAL for a custom skin care management program.
Tips on Maskne Treatment & Prevention
Clean your face before putting your mask on
Moisturise your skin after cleansing
Use natural materials for your face mask
Clean and change your face mask often
Don’t wear makeup under your mask
Handle the bacteria in your mouth
Carry some skincare items with you to freshen up throughout the day
Other tips to prevent the trapping of acne-causing bacteria on your face;
Text instead of call
An article for Today.com compared using your bacteria-covered iPhone to rubbing your cheek on a New York City sidewalk, and if that doesn’t gross you out, I don’t know what will. This article recommends wiping your phone down with a cleansing wipe or avoiding calls altogether.
Change your sheets
According to an article from Business Insider, your body sheds 15 million skin cells per night. That is a lot of food for hungry dust mites. That same article cited a study that found your pillowcase can have more bacteria than your toilet seat.