Get rid of Maskne without leaving acne scars
As if 2020 wasn’t challenging enough, the dreaded Maskne had to be added to the mix. Maskne happens from wearing a mask, especially for prolonged hours. Talking and breathing with a mask on can trap a lot of heat behind the mask, which creates a humid environment for your face, and an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive. This creates acne, rosacea and perioral dermatitis. At BMF, we have finally cracked the code on how to treat Maskne and keep it at bay!
With Maskne or acne in general, most people tend to self-medicate and pick at their pimples – we know it’s hard but we strongly advise against that!
The last thing you want is inflamed skin exposed to the conditions under the mask. Picking at your pimples will also cause scarring – so come seek professional advice at BMF!
The best treatment for Maskne would be BMF’s Advanced Propolis Acne Control. Although the name includes acne, it applies to all skin types. The key ingredients used in this acne treatment include propolis, natural mineral sulphur and mineral salts – all of which are among the best natural ingredients around, which have been proven to treat acne. They may be potent, but are extremely gentle on the skin.
After the first facial, most clients experience cleaner and healthier skin, and are able to visibly notice less congested and clearer skin. Because the facial helps to remove the build-up of sebum and bacteria in the pores, inflammation and acne can be prevented. This is why most clients will also notice less acne breakouts in the days after the facial. In order to build up the natural defence of your skin and ensure that it will remain stable and clear, regular sessions is recommended. Besides helping to heal blemishes and prevent acne breakouts, this facial promotes cell regeneration, which is why many clients also notice that their acne scars look less visible than before.
To improve skin versatility to combat Maskne, BMF recommends:
For oily/combination skin
Bright C15 Booster
This concentrated Vitamin C serum helps to lighten skin pigmentation. Regular use of this product will leave skin more even-toned, brighter and firmer.
For normal/sensitive skin
This serum is crafted to rediscover the touch of youthful and rejuvenated skin. It releases a plethora of nutrients to promote natural cell turnover, helps diminish rough texture and promotes skin elasticity for firmer, younger-looking skin.
For dry/all skin types
Cellular Multi-Active Serum
A formulation of potent and concentrated active ingredients that has dramatic skin-health generating and anti-ageing effects on the skin. Skin health is optimised when used daily as part of your skincare regime to achieve a more youthful appearance.
After applying the Cellular Multi Active Serum, follow up with BMF’s Skin Integrity Cream one minute after serum has fully absorbed into the skin. This luxurious day cream is formulated with key active ingredients – Poly-Lift, a biopolymer of sweet almond and cell culture Vitashape that promotes the synthesis of elastin and contains detoxifying properties. The formula is also enriched with CellIntegrity™, an antioxidant and DNA protector developed from raspberry stem cells, which is clinically proven to prevent oxidative stresses and enhance cellular longevity. The skin will experience a tightening effect where wrinkles are perceptibly reduced and skin texture smoothened, with suppleness and lift restored.
These are things you can do concurrently to reduce Maskne:
- Don’t skip the moisturizer!
If your skin is too dry, your face may secrete more oil, aggravating Maskne. To ensure your skin has enough moisture without being oily, we recommend BMF’s Hydra Defence Gel Cream. This gel cream has a melting texture that dissolves into the skin, soothes irritation and inflammation, giving the skin comfort even to the most fragile zones. Its antioxidant-rich formula also helps the skin defend against pollutants, environmental stress and blue light.
- Nutrition plays a part
You are what you eat. After your treatment at BMF, do approach our in-house nutritionists to advise you on how your Maskne can be healed from the inside out as well!
- Switch to a fragrance-free laundry detergent
The Maskne-causing culprit could possibly be your detergent! Fragrance within fabric is often known to irritate skin. To minimize the chances of Maskne, try switching to a fragrance-free detergent when washing your masks.
- Ensure you are drying your masks properly
After washing your mask, lay it flat or hang it up to dry in a ventilated area. Ensure that your mask is 100% dry before storing or wearing them. Damp material is a breeding ground for bacteria and we definitely don’t want any of that near our face!
- Break up with your makeup
Now is finally our chance to take a break from makeup and let our skin breathe! When you apply a thick layer of foundation or concealer, it’s clogging your pores, so more sweat, moisture and oil will be trapped on our faces. Break up with your makeup and instead, focus on putting on the right skincare to let it work its magic under the mask throughout the day.
Which types of face masks are more suitable for your skin?
Using a fresh, clean paper mask is probably the safest bet – and cloth masks are okay if they are washed frequently.
The most suitable masks though, are probably the simple, no-frills, regular, disposable paper masks. These can be frequently replaced, and thus will not collect oil and dirt. Do make sure your mask isn’t too tight to avoid skin damage.
If you choose to use a cloth mask, remember to wash it every day or two!
Regular and consistent skin treatments are vital in your journey to clear and youthful skin. As a start, come and book a consultation first and have our consultants take a look at your skin.