• Lucia De Rosa

Skin care routine against maskne

Surely you have already heard of maskne, also known as mechanical acne, a phenomenon that now afflicts millions of people since the beginning of the pandemic, but what is maskne, and what causes it? How many of you have suffered from maskne at least once in the last year and a half? it seems right to clarify the nature of this event before moving on to solutions to improve it, do you agree? The maskne comes from the continuous rubbing of the skin in contact with the tissues of the mask added to the microenvironment that has been created in the space between the face and the mask, what it means? It should be taken into account that in the process of breathing the air exhaled by ourselves is blocked in the mask that, when it comes into contact with the sebum of the skin and the lack of oxygen gives rise to an abundant proliferation of bacteria, so, unfortunately, there is some type of skin that can act giving rise to maskne, other skins can give rise to folliculitis, in other cases we can see the aggravation of rosacea, rashes, erythema, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis.

Let's take a moment together to see the most common:

probably one of the most common phenomena of maskne is that of rashes, the appearance of pimples that arise when there is an excessive production of sebum that is blocked by a thick layer of epithelial keratinization, as a result, these rashes become inflamed;

subsequently atopic erythema, contact erythema arise due to direct contact with the mask, the continuous rubbing that irritates the skin, in many cases giving rise to lacerations, subcutaneous blisters, and irritations.

While folliculitis arises due to an inflammation of the skin hairs or to some men the follicles from which the beard arises can become inflamed always due to a continuous rubbing with the tissues of the mask.

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General rules of prevention

- Cleanse your face well with a mild cleanser in the morning before starting your skincare routine and in the evening before going to sleep to remove any bacteria and then pass a toner to restore the ph of the skin, which is very important to prevent it from becoming unbalanced;

- use a cream that is appropriate for your skin type, but with a light texture both in the morning and in the evening, so that the layer of cream is not excessively greasy and does not feel heavy once you go to wear the mask;

- do not use the same mask twice in a row without washing it;

- in case you feel itching or tingling after a few hours that you are wearing the mask, change it, it is always better to carry an extra one in your bag in case this happens;

- apply an SPF of 30 or more to protect the skin from any hyperpigmentation that may occur after the eruptions;

- do not touch your face even in case of tingling or discomfort, to avoid further bacterial proliferation;

- in case of appearance of any of the symptoms listed above it is always better to contact a dermatologist; DIY in case of contact erythema, eczema, or aggravation of acne and rosacea are not recommended.

Now after having made a summary of the causes and symptoms we also talk about skincare, a very important topic both in summer when temperatures rise to the maximum and, in winter when they fall abruptly, why is it so important skincare to prevent or limit the phenomenon of maskne? well first of all because the skin is the largest microorganism of our body, as such must be cared for so that it can always have its physiological ph (5. 5) neither lower, otherwise it would become acidic, nor higher to prevent it from becoming alkaline so, to prevent this macrosystem (it is defined as such because it is composed of various cells that work in symbiosis with each other) remains healthy and intact should use products that have a ph that is as similar as possible to the natural one so that, does not form any kind of imbalance and, our hydrolipidic mantle can continue to protect our skin from germs and bacteria; otherwise, at the moment in which in our epithelial barrier, formed by lipids and liquids, imbalances would be created, it would give rise to rashes, erythema, irritation, and redness.

We said that it is important to cleanse the skin, that's why we start with a cleanser of

Drunk Elephant, which is a brand based on natural active ingredients, which came to life because its founder could not find a cream that did not create irritation and redness, as well as suitable for her skin type, at which point, she identified six suspicious elements (essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical sunscreens, fragrances/dyes, SLS) and eliminated them from the composition of her products. Finally, she noticed that her skin was slowly starting to regain its natural complexion and that redness and rashes, which we all know are a symptom of inflammation, were disappearing.

Slaai™ Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser is free of fragrances, essential oils, and silicones, its composition is based on fruit extracts and is therefore rich in anti-oxidants, it was created to be suitable even for the most sensitive skin, in fact, among its components, there are marula and baobab oils that have the power to leave the skin hydrated after removing dirt and bacteria. Being a compact cleanser, it is activated the moment it comes into contact with water.

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Next, we recommend using the C-Firma Day Serum, which is nothing more than a vitamin C serum based on the fermentation of pumpkin seeds that allow you to obtain a powerful antioxidant solution capable of restoring radiance, firmness, and a more even skin tone as it has the power to combat photoaging.

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Subsequently, for more mature skin we recommend the use of this cream

Protini ™ Polypeptide Cream, which is based on antioxidants and plant proteins, helps to brighten the dull and stressed skin and smooth expression lines.

We have to keep in mind that all the Drunk Elephant products are essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical sunscreens, fragrances/dyes, SLS.

If you're curious to know more check out Drunk Elephant.com

Have you suffered from maskne in the last period? Did you know these products?

I hope this article can help you to solve these skin problems that always give a little bit of annoyance and concern.

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