Janiqueel had a look at solutions to a problem we didn’t know existed a few months ago.
Nowadays everyone wears a mask
A mask of loyalty,
A mask of beauty,
A mask of caring,
A mask of friendship,
Remember those days so long ago say, January when we would leave the house with face bare to the world; with hands washed, but not obsessively so; when our pockets or pocketbooks didn’t bulge with a bottle or two sanitizers; when we had never heard of the skin condition “Maskne”? Remember? Ah, yesterday. Oh, how I long for yesterday, but yesterday’s gone.
It’s time to step up and face (pun intended) the fact that we live in a new world now. A world with challenges we could never have imagined at the beginning of 2020, but that are now the contours of our Covid-19 lives. Let’s start with MASKNE, then. Let’s have a quick look at what it is and what we can do to lessen the ramifications of mask-wearing. Because WE SHOULD BE WEARING MASKS. That’s a fact, a proven fact. We may not like it, but we’re stuck with it. So – let’s cope!
What is MASKNE?
Anywhere, but especially in a warm, humid climate – sound familiar? Yes, like right here in the Garden City or anywhere in Southeast Asia (Remember when we could travel around Southeast Asia? Oops, that’s another story of times past) where every day is a summer day. The pores of your skin know that and react by producing perspiration (often is imperceptible quantities) that flush the skin and keep it breathing and supple. Cover your delicate facial skin with fabric and friction comes and breathability goes. Producing a hot-spot ideal for bacteria growth, face masks are like a catalyst for blackheads, whiteheads, and spots. Add a covering of makeup to the mix, and you’ve got a perfect facial storm. Solution – lock the doors, call food delivery, and don’t leave the house until a vaccine is discovered. Janiqueel says so!
DON’T PANIC! There is a way out of this situation that is not so dire. That will work and even produce some long-lasting benefits.
Mask on? Let’s go!!
How to prevent MASKNE:
WASH YOUR MASK REGULARLY. Most commercial masks are made from materials that can be washed a few times. Have a few masks in rotation so that you can wash them after each use (I like a mild solution of baking soda and water) and let them dry before the next use (I hang mine over an open window letting a soft breeze gently dry the material). Some masks are more effectively washable than others. For the ultimate in style, form, and function try these:
“Crafted from pure mulberry silk”, the Slip Reusable Face Covering has a soft cotton lining that fits snugly against your skin. It sports an adjustable fit that keeps it in place. It’s machine-washable and comes in pink, black, or leopard (!).