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. “


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