Skin care was an internet sensation before quarantine, but the pandemic has brought an influx of time for self-care — and mask-wearing calls for extra measures. Wearing a mask has become part of people’s day-to-day ensembles, but luckily there are ways to prevent “maskne” from ruining your quarantine glow-up.
First-year student Mckenna Griffin said she had to change up her skin care routine with the onset of mask-wearing.
“I used to have really really good skin and then we started having to wear masks and I’m struggling to control breakouts,” Griffin said. “No matter what I do it seems like it gets worse, so it’s kind of a struggle.”
Similarly, senior Katherine Wilder said she has been struggling with new breakouts as a result of wearing masks daily.
“I think before COVID-19 I would only wash my face once a day, and didn’t really focus too much on skin care because I didn’t really notice my face breaking out as much,” Wilder said. “With wearing a mask, especially combined with the hot weather, it’s the perfect recipe for acne and breakouts.”
First-year student Ronik Grewal had not given much thought to skin care before quarantine. But he said he has now decided to contribute some of his extra time to self-care.
“Now, I guess because I’m at home most of the day, I’ve been more effective in my face care routine because I’ve just slowed down and been taking more time with it,” Grewal said.
Masks can trap sweat and irritate your skin, causing breakouts. According to Neutrogena, an American skin care company, one of the key steps in preventing this acne is washing both your face and your mask on a regular basis, as well as using an oil-free moisturizer and as little makeup as possible.
"Vogue" Beauty Editor Zoe Ruffner also recommends washing your mask frequently and using creative eye makeup rather than trapping foundation under your mask. She also noted that sticking with gentle products and a consistent routine is crucial for taking care of your skin.