During the Coronavirus pandemic, you might’ve noticed your skin looking irritated or breaking out more frequently than ever before. Even though you’ve probably been partaking in chocolate binges (We all have!) and battling far more stress and anxiety than ever before, there are other reasons your skin may be taking a turn for the worst. Maskne, a blend of the words “mask” and “acne,” may be the reason for your extra blemishes, red skin and unsightly spots. Let’s dive in deeper to learn about maskne, what it is and the best way for you to treat it.

What is Maskne?

The term maskne is actually called acne mechanica. It’s caused by excessive rubbing, sweat, heat and pressure that causes your skin to develop acne-like bumps that look irritated and inflamed. It can be noticeably visible and often times painful. It’s usually common in sports athletes, like football players or soldiers, when their equipment becomes bothersome. You might also get some acne mechanica from bra straps, hats or headbands. You can get these types of breakouts anywhere on your body from your face and head to your bottom, back or shoulders.  They are not only uncomfortable, they can also be embarrassing.

Who can get Maskne?

Once reserved to the above scenarios, the global push for mask-wearing is causing maskne to pop up all over the world. Dermatologists are seeing a rise in cases especially in those that are required to keep their masks on for long periods of time. Doctors and nurses that are required to wear several layers of protective face coverings are also seeing maskne after long shifts. But now with more Americans wearing masks each day and students returning back to school, more masks are required and are being worn for longer time periods leading to a rise in maskne in the regular population.

How does it happen?

You get the tell-tale red bumps and breakouts after bacteria grows under your mask. When you breathe in and out, it creates an environment of intense moisture. When this bacteria has the ideal place to breed, it takes off and leaves behind an acne rash. When you combine this with other elements like dead skin cells, oil, sweat and makeup, the effects can be devastating. Tight-fitting masks can cause other skin irritations like cuts, abrasions and even hyperpigmentation once the skin begins to heal.

What should I do if I have maskne?

Thankfully, there are several things you can do to battle these pesky breakouts. First of all, make sure you’re wearing a 100 percent cotton mask when possible and don’t forget to give it a daily wash. You’ll also want to look for a mask that is smooth and feels good on your skin. Then, make sure to limit the use of abrasive skin cleansers or harsh soaps. Avoiding makeup or limiting what you wear on your face can also help you steer clear of maskne. But what if you’re already seeing maskne and don’t know what to do about it. Let’s take a look at how DermYoung is joining the fight against maskne during the Coronavirus 2020 Pandemic.

The DermYoung Defense
Common inflammatory skin disorders, such as eczema, rosacea and acne, are multifactorial diseases. No matter what the causes are, impaired skin barrier and internal inflammation are two imminent contributing factors in their development. DermYoung products are designed to combine the power of our proprietary botanical extracts with that of a highly selective group of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to combat problem-causing cytokines meanwhile repair or reinforce skin barrier. No matter you are getting a DermYoung facial from DermYoung partnering spas or you are using DermYoung products at home, the result is a fast or almost instant relief from red, itchy, irritated skin. Just take a look at these results:

What we learned is that our DermYoung facial helped restore the skin’s natural balance. It was like directly treating the skin with vitamins, antioxidants and peptides that helped the skin heal. It vastly improved the acne rash and helped the skin start to dry up and heal. There was a noticeable reduction in the amount of acne, as well as, a reduction in inflammation and red spots.

By providing the right elements to help your skin moisturize and heal, it’s possible to beat maskne at its own game. If you’re experiencing maskne or want to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to take care of your skin during this stressful time, reach out to us at DermYoung and we can make sure you get the products you need to ensure your skin is in top shape.  

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