This year has been one of the most challenging for the majority of the people around the world due to the changes it has brought in lifestyles. For many, it has also led to an increase in both mental and physical health issues due to difficulty in management and seeking medical treatment on time. Skincare problems and acne flare-ups are now also more common since the start of the ongoing health crisis.
Most of the people ranging from teenagers to older adults are experiencing an increased number of skin-related issues. This problem has been consistent even if a person maintained their normal skincare routines throughout the year.
As a result, changing skincare products or trying natural remedies for minimizing acne flare-ups is prevalent. However, skincare experts have stated that the products are not likely to be the cause of the problems, especially if they started after the worldwide lockdowns.
There are a number of reasons why acne-related problems are increasing even in older adults and in those who have never had such issues prior to the pandemic. The changes in lifestyles have been a fundamental contributor.
For instance, masks have become an important part of the daily routine as many countries around the world have mandated it. As they are essential in controlling the spread of the coronavirus infection and can provide sufficient protection from the virus, every person has to wear them.
Wearing a mask constantly can indeed safeguard from the infection but can also take a toll on the skin. People who wear face-covering for a longer period of time especially experience acne from the mask or ‘maskne’ frequently in the areas that are covered by the mask including the chin, lower cheeks, and the nose.
To avoid this from happening, experts recommend switching to antibacterial masks or silk masks. If using reusable fabric masks, make sure to wash the mask daily or use disposable masks and change them on a daily basis.
Before wearing a mask, make sure to still wear a lot of hydrating moisturizers to reduce friction, which, in turn, will prevent irritation on the skin and existent acne. After coming home, remove the mask and wash the face as soon as possible.
In addition to masks, another contributor to skin problems is high-stress levels. Studies have already shown the association between stress and acne. Being constantly stressed can not only cause new breakouts but also worsen the existing ones.
The solution for this is to engage in relaxing activities, take a break from work, or seek professional help if possible specifically in cases of chronic stress as it is likely to lead to other habits that also worsen acne such as not sleeping and having a poor diet.
Lastly, another fundamental contributor to breakouts is simply thinking about acne. Due to staying at home more often, many people have started obsessing over their physical appearance. This is an unhealthy practice that can not only worsen acne symptoms but lead to low self-confidence, anxiety, and depression.
In such cases, seeking professional help from a dermatologist along with getting help for mental health is recommended.