Have you noticed a breakout since wearing a mask? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, problem skin caused by mask-wearing has now become so prevalent, it’s got its very own nickname: “Maskne”. [See further below for our GIVEAWAY treatment valued at R1000 at Alphen Aesthetics]
To get to the bottom of Maskne, and offer us, mums, some real solutions, we caught up with the founder of Alphen Aesthetics, Dr. Bianca Le Feuvre. Passionate about both internal and external beauty, Dr. Bianca has spent the past decade exclusively focused on aesthetic medicine.
Having experienced the strain of balancing motherhood, a career, and finding the energy to glam it up on date night, Dr. Bianca realized that sustainable beauty can never be just skin deep; superficial treatments can never stand up to the stresses of our fast-paced urban life. This realization drove her to develop a holistic approach to wellness for her patients, seeking not to merely hide signs of aging, but rather optimize overall health, and to help patients present the best feeling, most natural-looking versions of themselves.
To do this effectively, Dr. Bianca has chosen to work together with experienced and like-minded skin therapists and health professionals. In this way, those who visit Alphen Aesthetics can enjoy the benefit of a team approach, where each practitioner brings their expertise to individualize each treatment plan. When she is not working, she can be found drawing at the dining room table, squeezed in amongst her 3 children.
[WIN] We have an amazing giveaway where you could WIN LED light and chemical peel combo treatment valued at R650 PLUS a voucher for R450 towards your next treatment at Alphen Aesthetics.
We caught up with Dr.Bianca to chat more about what ‘maskne’ is, how it is caused, and how to and how we can prevent it.
So what is “maskne”, Dr. Bianca?
Dr. B: Well, acne itself is a combination of excess oil production, inflammation, opportunistic bacteria, and a build-up of dead cells.
The medical name for maskne is acne mechanica. This refers to the type of acne formed by sustained pressure, heat, and friction against the skin.
Wearing a mask is great for preventing Covid-19 infection but a downside can be that the persistent rubbing of material against the skin causes this kind of irritation and an impaired skin barrier. Furthermore, if the mask does its job properly, it will prevent air circulation which can worsen an oily or sweaty skin – the perfect breeding ground for those opportunistic bacteria.
As if 2020 didn’t have enough crazy, unexpected twists and turns – now we have to deal with breakouts?
Dr. B: Well, it’s not inevitable. Here are some tips to keep your skin in tip-top condition…
- If possible, have multiple cloth mask options so that you can change your mask regularly.
- Use a face wash that contains salicylic acid. This will help to exfoliate some of the excess debris (sebum and old cells) on the skin. It’s also anti-inflammatory. Wash before and after and prolonged use of a mask.
- A moisturiser for oily or acne-prone skin can be helpful too. If you’re not usually prone to breakouts then start with a mild type as it is important not to further irritate an impaired skin barrier.
- Avoid wearing makeup in the area the mask touches – the last thing your skin needs is unnecessary concealer clogging your pores.
- If you do have a breakout, be thankful that it’s hidden under the mask! Try your level best not to squeeze them as this will cause more trauma to your skin. Rather, use a spot treatment serum.
- Tamarah, the skin therapist I partner with, recommends a superficial chemical peel like the Beta Peel (with salicylic acid) every 4-6 weeks to remove the build-up of dead skin cells and ease the inflammatory effects of maskne.
Popular treatments for skin renewal at Alphen Aesthetics are:
Dr. Bianca has extensive experience with botulinum injections, dermal fillers, and threads. Her range of botox applications includes wrinkle prevention, pain management for migraines & jaw clenching, and excessive sweating. Beyond this, her flair for the “Liquid Facelift” treatment has earned her a sterling reputation in the anti-aging community.
We’re giving one lucky MUMbox member the chance to win a personal skin consultation and a LED light and chemical peel combo valued at R650 PLUS a voucher for R450 towards your next treatment performed by Tamarah Renecle. Tamarah is an Aesthetic Therapist who practices independently at Alphen Aesthetic and is the owner of Skingen.
The LED treatment is performed with a device that uses a particular light wavelength that targets different skin issues – there is also an individualised serum applied to the skin during light therapy. This treatment is great both for those suffering from breakout-prone or sensitive skin.
Good luck MUMs!
Stay safe and keep healthy,
Chat soon x
*Competition terms & conditions:
The competition closes at midnight on Sunday the 30th of August and the winner will be selected and revealed and notified on Monday the 31st of August via the MUMbox Facebook page. This competition is open only to MUMbox members. A valid entry is to comment on this article with the 3 above-mentioned answers as well as share this article on Facebook and tag Alphen Aesthetics and Skingen. The voucher must be redeemed within 30 days of winning (Last day to redeem voucher is Wednesday the 30th of September 2020) Once the voucher has been issued, MUMbox is not liable for anything that happens before, during, or after the treatment. The winner will need to contact Alphen Aesthetics themselves to book the consultation and treatment with Tamarah Renecle. The voucher can not be exchanged for cash and must be used at Alphen Aesthetics for a consultation and treatment by Tamarah Renecle.