Wearing a face mask can be very uncomfortable, especially for those with acne-prone skin. People with acne-prone skin are at higher risk for breakouts related to the improper use of face masks.
What are the causes of face mask induced acne (Maskne)?
Heat, humidity, and a lack of airflow under most types of protective face masks create the perfect microenvironment for Maskne to develop. Dry oil and dead skin cells accumulate under face masks, where bacteria and fungi can grow and thrive on the skin's surface. The friction of face masks against the skin can damage its natural protective layer, allowing the bacteria and fungi to invade the pores and cause acne breakouts.
Is Maskne preventable?
Fortunately, Maskne is very preventable! Diligence in keeping the skin under the face mask clean and dry will usually help to prevent new acne from forming. It is also essential to choose a face mask that is suited for acne-prone skin.
What the worst type of face mask for people with acne-prone skin?
The worst masks for acne-prone skin are tight cloth masks made with polyester or other synthetic materials, which create hot, humid environments – perfect for the proliferation of acne-causing bacteria (p.acnes), Staph aureus, and fungi.
Do disposable masks cause acne?
Disposable cotton masks are much better for the skin than tight cloth masks as they create less friction and allow more air circulation. That said, the downside is that they need to be replaced every day.
What is the best type of face mask for people with acne?
The MDacne No Maskne mask harnesses the power of copper and silver particles to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses on contact. Copper particles have been proven to have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Silver particles have well-documented antiviral, antimicrobial and antibacterial activity, and, as shown by recent studies, are effective against other airborne pathogens. Copper and silver fibers are used extensively in hospital bedsheets to fight infections, and can also be found in antibacterial and antimicrobial pillowcases to help prevent acne breakouts.
What is so unique about MDacne's Anti-Acne Face Mask?
MDacne's copper and silver infused face mask is the world's first face mask that is able to reduce the risk for Maskne. The copper and silver particles are woven into the three layers of the mask (not sprayed on the outer surface like some of the other copper/silver masks). The slow release of the copper and silver particles from the MDacne mask provides long-lasting protection, even after washing.
Masks made with a natural cotton and rayon (cellulose) blend are ultralight and breathable. Unlike most other cloth masks that contain polyester, the MDacne No Maskne mask is not too tight and does not rub on the skin, offering a sweat-free, breakout-free experience.
Multi-layer cotton face mask vs. disposable surgical mask vs. homemade masks - filtration power compared:
A recent study from Lake Forest Medical Center tested 13 different face masks, looking at their ability to filter out particles of 0.3 – 1.0 microns in diameter, the size of many viruses and bacteria. Cotton cloth mask with two or more layers of thicker cotton filtrated 79% of breathable particles compared to surgical masks that filtrated only 65% of the particles. The worst performers we single-layer Homemade masks with 1% filtration.
How do you clean your protective cloth mask?
For optimal results, reusable protective cloth masks should be washed every 1-2 days. It is recommended to have two masks handy to ensure that there is always a clean one available to wear. The use of improper cleaning methods can compromise the effectiveness as well as the appearance of protective cloth masks. In some cases, certain detergents can cause allergic reactions or breakouts, so it's best to look for mild, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free detergents. Good examples are this one and this one.
Washing a protective cloth mask in a washing machine or by hand are both equally effective. It is important to always remember to use hot water to kill the germs. Fortunately, the coronavirus is killed quite easily by most detergents, so there is no need to use extra harsh detergents to sanitize the mask.
What is the best way to dry a protective mask?
The easiest ways to dry a protective cloth mask are to place it on a rack in the sun or put in the dryer on a high heat setting.
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