December 22 , 2020
The new normal requires us to wear masks regularly and for longer periods of time in some cases. While we’re covering up our mouths and noses to stop the spread of COVID-19, some of us are uncovering a new problem — maskne, or mask-related acne.
What is maskne?
This Maskne refers to acne that develops over skin around the area that comes in contact with a face mask, primarily due to the increase of heat and moisture that in turn increases the growth of microorganisms e.g bacteria and yeast. In fact, wearing a mask can cause other dermatological conditions such as rosacea or facial eczema to flare up as well.
It may occur in people who are already prone to acne in the first place; if you fall under this category, your acne is likely to be worsened in the mask-wearing zone of your face. If you're not typically prone to acne, and experience red bumps or whiteheads in the mask-wearing zone after a few weeks, this is probably attributed mainly to this phenomenon.
Is a silk face mask better for your skin?
It’s bad enough having to deal with UAE’s hot and humid climate on a daily basis. Throw in the friction and abrasion that comes from wearing a mask for an extended period of time, and you’ve got yourself a prime candidate for breakouts.
With maskne on the rise, perhaps silk is a better option than cotton or other thicker materials when it comes to skin.
Silk is a material obtained from the silk moth, a natural fiber used to spin its cocoon. The protein material called silk is not only hydrophobic and resistant to the entry of water but also antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibacterial.
Silk masks are one of the best things we can do for our skin due to the smoothness of the fabric. Silk is cooling, naturally hypoallergenic, and tends to absorb less moisture than cotton, so it won't dry out your skin.