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Maskne vs. Maskitis – What’s the Difference?

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Maskne vs. Maskitis 

Let’s open up about maskne and maskitis. After over a year of living with masks, we’re all accustomed to dealing with skin issues associated with wearing them. How can mask wearing affect your skin? And how can you tell the difference between Maskne vs Maskitis? And most importantly—how can you treat maskne?   

What is Maskne?  

When you wear a mask daily, especially during the hot summer months, your skin is susceptible to humidity and also irritation from the mask being close to skin, and possible rubbing of the skin — specifically on the nose, cheeks, and chin. After wearing your mask, you may see sweat, dirt, oil and makeup — even remnants of your skincare, such as your sunscreen or moisturizer — on your mask.  Maskne is acne that forms around the nose and mouth caused by mask wearing, but also by shields.  

What is Maskitis?  

Maskitis differs from maskne. Maskitis is a skin rash, characterized by small bumps, redness, inflammation and dry, flaky skin. The difference is important because if maskne isn’t diagnosed correctly, it can lead to further skin irritation. 

Culprits Behind Symptoms for Maskne & Maskitis 

Though the afflictions differ, the culprits that could be behind these symptoms include how the mask is fitting, whether the laundry detergent you’re using to wash your mask is irritating your skin, or it could be possible rosacea acting up.  

Tips To Avoid Maskne & Maskitis 

Wash Your Mask 

And wash it often! You should really aim to wash your mask after each wear. It’s safer for you from a health perspective, but also from a skincare perspective. Masks get dirty easily. Makeup, sweat, sunscreen and skincare products can get on your mask, not to mention what you encounter outdoors.  

Hand wash your mask in the sink after each time you remove it. Let it air dry and have another washable mask in your rotation to wear in the meantime. Use a mild, fragrance-free detergent to wash your mask is best if you want to avoid acne, skin irritation, or skin redness.  

How to Treat Your Maskne   

To take care of your acne-prone skin, try washing with Soothe Gentle Cream Wash and following that up with the Unblemish Regimen. The lineup includes four products that are formulated to work together to clear adult acne and visibly improve signs of aging. Use the Unblemish Clarifying Mask at least once a week. This treatment contains the maximum concentration of purifying Sulfur to treat existing acne and prevent new breakouts. A weekly Unblemish Clarifying Mask or Unblemish Refining Acne Wash three to four times a week helps for acne prevention. And if you do get a breakout, you may want to switch to the Unblemish Regimen. 

How To Treat Maskitis 

You already know the importance of keeping your hands clean and washing them often — and for 20 seconds each time to keep yourself safe and healthy. In addition to keeping hand sanitizer on you, you may want to keep face wipes on you, as well. Wipes help you keep your skin as clean as possible when you take off your mask. Just like using hand sanitizer is great in a pinch when you’re not near a sink, using a face wipe helps keep your skin clean when you can’t use face wash.  

Skin Irritation 

If it’s skin irritation you’re dealing with, the first thing to note is to be gentle on your skin. The Soothe Regimen isn’t intended for rosacea and psoriasis. However, some have seen great results with it. Please bring the ingredient list to your doctor to see if it will work for you. Soothe Calming Gel Cleanser is perfect for keeping your skin clean in between wears. The Soothe Regimen is designed for those with visible redness or dry, sensitive skin. This product line calms, nurtures, moisturizes, and protects skin instantly — and over time. Be gentle with your skin.  

Skin Redness 

To help calm skin down, a soothing and moisturizing mask will help. Try an application of the Soothe Rescue Mask while you watch your favorite show. After just 10 minutes, visible redness is reduced. This calming green mask provides moisture-attracting Glycerin to help skin feel softer and more comfortable. Calamine calms skin and neutralizes irritants to relieve stressed skin.  

Now you have some methods and knowledge when it comes to maskne and maskitis. Staying safe comes in many forms these days, and it’s possible to do so while simultaneously caring for your skin.