Not only has the pandemic changed the way we work and interact with each other, it has also brought disruptions to the way we approach skincare. In particular, the mandatory wearing of face masks has led to breakouts and other skin conditions, also known as “maskne”.
What is Maskne?
Maskne – the beauty buzzword of 2020 – refers to acne and skin irritation caused by mask-wearing. The phenomenon is primarily the result of clogged pores. We already have oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells on our skin, but when we wear masks, these substances build up even more, clogging up our pores. Masks also trap humidity in our breath and sweat, which causes our pores to open, making it easier for dirt and bacteria to enter the skin. Finally, there is friction when our masks rub against our skin, which can lead to further chafing and irritation.
Trend #1: Mild Cleansing
In light of the extra build-up on our skin, we may be tempted to exfoliate more often, or use stronger cleansers to remove all these extra impurities. However, when we exfoliate or over-cleanse, we weaken our skin, making it more vulnerable to external aggressions. Thus, we recommend that you exfoliate less often and use mild face cleansers and toners formulated for sensitive skin, like the Skylake Natural Herbal Foam Cleanser and the Skylake Oriental Herb Relax Toner.
Trend #2: Light Coverage
Going without makeup is a trend that was already gaining traction pre-COVID. Mask-wearing has accelerated the process, with masks smudging carefully-applied foundation and lip products. However, if you don’t wish to give up your makeup routine just yet, you can try out Derma Science's Derma Vivant BB cream. Beyond evening out your skin tone like a regular foundation, it boasts several skincare properties, such as sun-protection, whitening, and anti-wrinkle. Furthermore, it has a light formulation and feels comfortable on your face despite your wearing a mask. Having a layer of product between our skin and the masks we wear is important if we want to reduce skin chaffing due to friction.
Trend #3: DIY Derma Care
During the lockdown period, we were unable to frequent facial clinics for treatments. Although many facial clinics are now open and operating under COVID guidelines, many of us are now used to doing our own treatments in the comfort and convenience of our homes.
If you’re looking for a DIY, luxurious facial treatment, we recommend the Dr Jart Cryo Rubber series. It’s a soothing, effective rubber mask that has a simple 2-step use process. The series is inspired by cryotherapy and features dermatological ingredients such as Allantoin, Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C.