In the past two weeks we’ve seen temperatures hitting highs of 36.5°C and 37°C. Coupled with the completely illogical bouts of sun showers, the weather has been unbearably hot and humid – a perfect recipe for triggering mask acne.
Fondly christened maskne since COVID-19 came about, mask acne comes about when humidity, sweat, bacteria, and oils are trapped under that protective face mask that you don daily. At times, it’s caused by bacteria growing on reusable cloth face masks which aren’t properly washed and sterilised. Also, some of us may even have acne-prone and sensitive skin that are allergic to cheap disposable masks.
Maskne solution? A visit to the GP (general practitioner) taught us that if you have maskne, we should drop the reusable cloth mask – at least until your maskne has been resolved. And instead, opt for disposable surgical face masks.
While you make the switch, you’ll want to start on acne treatments to kill the acne-causing bacteria, dry up the pus, reduce the swelling, soothe the skin and clear those unsightly post-acne marks.
Here are 10 fast-acting acne treatments that you can easily find in stores or online: