Sixty million Americans have acne and now, thanks to the new “normal”, those numbers are increasing rapidly. Of course, I am talking about masks.
Masks trap oil against your skin. This causes irritation of pimples some already have, and it is also causing others with normally clear skin to develop breakouts for the first time, i.e., “mask-ne”. Untreated and uncontrolled acne can leave both emotional and physical scars, so let me give you some words of advice to help get the upper hand on your acne flares.
Getting ahead of acne breakouts is the best way to prevent acne scarring. When you feel like a breakout is beginning, sooner is better than later. Early treatment help decrease the severity of breakouts and scarring. Having a good daily regimen is the first line of defense against acne, new acne scars, and the worsening of preexisting acne scars.
- Keep your face oil free by using a facial cloth when possible. Make sure your hands have been thoroughly washed and do not take off your mask in public. Pat your face dry after using a cleansing cloth; Cetaphil, Cerave, and La Roche-Posay have tremendously beneficial facial cloth products.
- Do not scratch your face. Yes, your face itches with acne, yes, the itching is worse when you wear a mask, but scratching causes irritation and inflammation to the bumps which means more intense redness and scarring.
- Make sure your mask fits correctly, firstly, for the benefit of your own safety, and secondly, so it does not add extra friction and pinching on the pores of your skin.
Less is less, but it is for the better
Makeup and thick moisturizers may be part of your daily routine, but under special circumstances, like a pandemic and having to wear a mask, are not going to be doing you any favors. Skip steps like this to ensure you are not adding any unnecessarily aggravating factors to your skin.
You do you
You know your skin type better than anyone. If you are dry, look for a moisturizer that has the word “light” or “sheer”. If you are oily, keep oil remover pads in your bag so you can spot treat when necessary. Make sure your facial cleansers are right for your skin type, too. Exfoliating beads may feel nice, but if you have dry and/or sensitive skin, it is a better idea to steer clear of those products.
Doctor knows best
If over the counter benzoyl peroxides and spot treatments are not making a dent in your acne, speak to the doctor. They will lead you in the right direction and give you a more tailored routine so you may keep the acne on your face, or body, in check during these trying times. If you do not feel comfortable coming out to the office for an appointment it is no problem! We are offering telemedicine appointments where you can video chat with the doctor and have your prescriptions electronically sent to the pharmacy, all without leaving your house.
A lot of changes have happened over the past few months but one thing that has not changed, nor will change, is that we are here for you. Let us take the weight off your shoulders of keeping your skin healthy and looking great.