How to Optimise Mask Wearing and Avoid Mask Acne

How to Optimise Mask Wearing and Avoid Mask Acne

We all know that wearing a mask is not the most enjoyable practice, however, it is now currently a legal requirement in many settings in the UK and around the world. We have put together some advice on how to improve your mask wearing experience! 

Skin and Hygiene

We are seeing a rise in skin related issues due to mask wearing. They impose friction, heat and a moist environment, which can be perfect conditions for skin problems. There are however a few routines you can follow to assist with minimising chafing, acne, irritation, flare ups etc.

  • Wash your face mask regularly. Natural oils from your skin and make-up will absorb onto the inside of your mask, which causes bacteria to build up on your mask, subsequently leading to acne/breakouts.
  • Ensure that you are washing your facemask at 60 degrees. This will kill any bacteria that is on your used mask.
  • Wash your face with a good cleanser to remove any dirt or pollution that may have built up underneath the face mask. Then apply a moisturiser before wearing a mask.
  • Avoid wearing heavy skin make up. According to the American Academy of Dermatology when wearing a face mask makeup on the skin makes you more susceptible to clogged pores, which can then lead to breakouts.
  • Use a cotton fabric face mask as opposed to a synthetic mask. Cotton has a more breathable composition as it is a natural fabric, this will help your skin breath.

Looking after your body from the inside

Ensure you are getting enough water intake

The NHS recommends that you drink 6-8 glasses of fluid a day. Drinking water helps flush out any toxins, keeps your body hydrated and helps prevent acne by balancing the oil and water content on the skin of your face.

Supplements

Ensure you are taking a daily supplement which includes the vitamins that your body needs to keep you healthy. This is particularly important during this time when our bodies could be faced with fighting the Covid-19 virus. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have stated in relation to Covid-19 that there is evidence that vitamin D may have a role in the body's immune response to respiratory viruses. A study published by NICE in September 2020 found that vitamin D supplementation in adults in hospital with Covid-19 may reduce admissions to intensive care. Immuniti’s daily supplement contains key nutrients for boosting your immune system, including Vitamin A, C, D and E. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps the body fight off infection, getting enough vitamin E is essential for helping protect your skin against damage from inflammation.

Our supplement also contains Zinc, which is important for overall skin health as well as inflammation. In a survey published by the National Library of Medicine, researchers investigated the plasma levels of vitamin A, E and zinc in both non acne and acne patients. They found that the levels of these vitamins were substantially lower in the acne patients. Their conclusion was that a diet rich in vitamin A, E and zinc could assist satisfactory results for patients suffering.

If you suffer from acne or have noticed breakouts appear since wearing a mask then a daily supplement could assist in controlling these unwanted skin issues. For more information on the vitamins included in our supplements and the benefits, head over to our Supplement section.

What type of facemask is best for me?

The World Health Organisation guidelines for Coronavirus disease mask wearing state that a fabric mask should be worn unless you are in a certain risk group. If you are over 60, have underlying medical conditions or are feeling unwell then a surgical/medical mask should be worn.

Facemask Performance

For information on the best facemasks for breathability, comfort and filtration head over to the Which website, where they have independently reviewed a variety of masks.