2 Rules that Minimize Mask-Acne and Mask-Lines
Steps to end the vicious cycle of wanting to wear a mask to cover up skin problems
Have you noticed more blackheads around the nose, a never-before-seen pimple on the cheek, or painful acne around your chin and jawline?
What about deeper smile lines, those parentheses ( ) shaped lines on the sides of the nose that reach down towards the corners of your mouth?
Wrinkles and breakouts are common skin problems we all deal with. However, wearing masks frequently for long periods of time can worsen these issues to a whole new level.
If your skin tends to get more oily than dry, you may be experiencing more breakouts around the areas where your mask covers. On other hand, if your skin tends to be on the dry side, you may be more prone to developing deeper smile lines and fine lines around the mouth area.
As we step up our efforts to stay safe and keep others safe with new measures like wearing masks, we need to step up how we adjust to these new measures with sanitary mask wearing habits and collagen boosting skincare.
What Causes Mask Acne and Smile Lines
One of the two major underlying causes of mask-acne and smile lines from wearing masks frequently is bacteria. Acne in all its glorious forms from tiny whiteheads and blackheads to large, red, painful cystic acne that is impossible to pop, are caused by the same evil villain: acne vulgaris.
Common cloth masks being sold by clothing stores and nearly all stores nowadays are made with woven fabric. As nasty as it sounds, woven fabric is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Because unlike medical grade non-woven material masks, fabric masks naturally hold onto the moisture and warmth from our mouths and noses from breathing and talking. Moisture + warmth are like a fully furnished home for bacteria to move into and start a family of breakouts.
How to Properly Choose and Wear a Mask
Here are 2 critical mask wearing rules to follow to minimize your risk of getting or worsening mask-acne:
1. Buy Medical grade Masks:
Worn by nurses, doctors, and professional health care staff are made with “non-woven material” instead of (woven) fabric. This non-woven material makes it very difficult for bacteria to penetrate or build up on the mask.
Although medical grade masks don’t come in luxury brand logo prints or a Pantone color that brings out your eyes, they are so much more effective than commonly found fabric face masks at preventing acne-causing bacteria buildup. Make sure to select a medical grade mask that is packaged individually and has been sanitized.
2. Change your mask often:
Whether you are wearing a medical grade mask or a fabric mask, make sure to change your mask to a fresh new one after about four hours of use. The buildup of bacteria, dust, and other impurities in the air can make masks less efficient at filtering and more likely to trigger acne.
Suffering from milia? Gentle exfoliation with AHA and BHA infused toners, avoiding moisturizers that are too rich, and hydrating the area with serums can help remove milia while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
Skin Care for Mask Acne and Smile Lines
The other major underlying causes of mask-acne and smile lines from wearing masks frequently is heat.
Heat builds up quickly from breathing and talking while wearing a mask. This heat increases the temperature of our skin and triggers the collagen within to breakdown. Collagen keeps our skin plump and lifted; this breakdown causes deep wrinkles in the form of smile lines and forehead wrinkles.
Although this process is natural with aging, ultraviolet rays from the sun and excess heat speeds up this breakdown. A bit too much and anyone can end up looking older than their actual age…
Stimulating healthy new collagen to smooth deep wrinkles is the key to turning back the clock and looking not just younger but also healthier and happier
The Forte’s Serum immediately hydrates every layer of the skin with medical grade sericin and our Nourishing Nine Peptides™ that help stimulate collagen growth.
Sericin is a protein from silk that leaves your skin feeling and looking silky smooth. Ironically, oily skin is actually dehydrated and overproduces oil in an attempt to compensate. Sericin supplies a buffet of amino acids that help restore hydration and strengthen the skin barrier against wrinkles and acne.
By restoring hydration and collagen levels, deep smile lines and forehead wrinkles will start to look dramatically smoother. And with daily use, your skin will become more resilient against dryness and wrinkles.
Learn more about hydration vs moisturization and how to replenish both, here.
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the Cell Forté Skincare*
feel hydrated, smoother skin
see less fine lines & wrinkles
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1 Gorouhi F, Maibach HI. Role of topical peptides in preventing or treating aged skin. International Journal of Cosmetic Science. 2009;31(5):327-345. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2494.2009.00490.