Over the past year, we’ve seen an increase in acne in both people with frequent breakouts and those without. The cause of most of these cases is the routine use of protective masks used to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Mask-induced acne, now commonly referred to as masking, is caused by the moist environment underneath the mask that creates an ideal environment for bacteria to grow.
Furthermore, the friction caused by the mask rubbing against the skin can aggravate existing acne and cause rosacea.
This proliferation of masks further complicates the already difficult task of managing acne.
Jasmine Kang, founder of acne care brand Skinlycious tells CosmeticsDesign-AsiaThat what she considers essential acne care products has changed as a result of maskne.
“In the past, I have told my clients not to exfoliate daily because I believe that over-exfoliating can lead to sensitive skin. But now the advice is that if you wear a mask, you have to exfoliate. It will help dissolve the residue inside your pores, which has accumulated throughout the day when you apply the mask. “
Cosmetic doctor and founder of DRSQ Skincare, Dr Saba Qutub also advocates exfoliation and emphasizes the effectiveness of exfoliating serums for sensitive, acne-prone skin.
“The exfoliating serum works great. They are gentler, and they often have AHAs and BHAs, such as lactic acid or salicylic acid, to gently exfoliate your skin every day. So you wake up with a new skin and it also prevents the formation of acne and dark spots. “
Their experience helping people with acne has added to the gaps in acne care.
For example, Kang believes there is a huge opportunity for oral solutions that can fight acne internally and with principles from traditional medicine systems such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) based on natural ingredients.
Qutub also believes that more can be done by incorporating natural ingredients into topical skin care solutions.
“We need advanced cosmetics that move towards a more natural aspect… I think that’s something people feel comfortable using long term because I think the trend these days is more natural… If we can combine nature and medicine, let’s combine them to make people feel comfortable using them every day in their usual skin care routine. ”
To learn more about maskne solutions, watch the video above.