Acne Mechanica’ is described a form of acne that is caused by a combination of friction, heat and weight against the skin. In other words, it is a rash that resembles small pimples that you may be seeing pop up on the bridge of your nose, your chin and your cheeks. This is caused when pores are blocked by sweat, oil and make-up. If you find that you’re wearing your mask for long periods of time, you may begin to perspire which, combined with blocked pores is a breeding ground for bacteria and acne breakouts.
Like most of us experiencing these breakouts, our first inclination is to exfoliate. This is actually is not what we advise you to do. Since ‘maskne’ is caused by friction, the last thing we want you to do is over-exfoliate and cause more irritation. One of the most important things you can do for beautiful glowing skin is cleanse. Now is the time to break out your gentle cleanser morning and night. In the mornings, make sure you are cleansing your skin with a gentle but hydrating cleanser and a mild toner like rose water or witch hazel. These ingredients will give you a gentle, but thorough cleanse without irritating already compromised skin.
You should also avoid using products that are drying to your skin like retinol. During this time you should be treating your skin as post-procedure skin. A post-procedure skin regimen is a gentle cleanser, gentle toner and a good moisturizer to protect the barrier of the skin. If you have oily skin, make sure to choose an oil free moisturizer and sun screen. After a couple of weeks of nurturing your skin you may do a light exfoliating scrub to help open the pores once or twice a week. If you are able, do not wear heavy make up during this time. We are trying to not clog already clogged skin.
Be consistent and patient during this challenging time and it will pay off. This would be a great time to see an esthetician to help with professional exfoliation and hydration. A gentle facial with hydrating product will assist you in your journey to healthy skin. Visit any one of our locations for a New Client Facial special.