Here’s How to Combat Face Mask Acne (Maskne) Once and For All

Here’s How to Combat Face Mask Acne (Maskne) Once and For All

Word on the street is - face masks are summer 2020’s hottest accessory. Putting jokes aside, we all know the importance of continuing to wear PPE when we go out, and for most of us, wearing a face mask has become just another part of our routine. However, there’s another aspect of face masks people are just starting to become more aware of. It’s called “Maskne”, and it’s those pesky little breakouts you might experience after wearing a mask for an extended period of time. 

Today, we’re gonna talk all about maskne and the face mask skincare tips you’ll want to know moving forward. 

What causes ‘Maskne’?

So, why are we starting to see more people experience breakouts after wearing a mask? Well, the answer has something to do with the kind of skin environment face masks create.

When you wear a mask, dirt, sweat, and oils can become trapped on the skin. Couple that with your hot breath staying trapped under the mask, and it can become a veritable breeding ground for various types of acne. 

In addition to your mask creating a warm, moist environment on your skin, the friction, rubbing, and constriction that can potentially happen while wearing a mask can also cause a type of acne called acne mechanica. Plus, any residue left from fabric softeners or detergents used when washing your mask can cause irritation on the skin, leading to maskne.  

How to prevent face mask breakouts

The good news is, face mask acne or “maskne” typically only happens after you’ve worn a mask for a good while. If you’re only using a mask for quick errands like popping into the grocery store, you’re less likely to experience any negative skin issues. Still, it’s important to practice good face mask skincare whilst masks are still required. Here are our top ways to stop maskne from ever popping up in the first place. 

Wear clean masks

The most important thing you can do for your skin is to only wear clean masks. While it’s essential to only wear clean masks to help stop the spread of Covid-19, it’s also essential for protecting your skin from dirt, oil, and sebum that may become trapped in your mask after each use. Make it a habit to toss your mask in the wash (with unscented detergent) after every use!

Skip the makeup

When wearing a mask, it’s not a good idea to wear a lot of makeup. The humid environment a mask creates on your skin can cause occlusion, or clogging to occur in and around your pores, which can lead to breakouts. 

Stick to a anti-acne skincare routine

If your skin is already prone to breakouts and acne, it’s important to create a daily skincare routine to address any issues before they crop up. 

Start by using a gentle cleanser twice a day to remove any excess oil and sebum. To slough away dead skin cells that can become clogged, make sure to exfoliate twice a week as well, and finish with a hydrating moisturizer to help reduce any friction caused by wearing a mask. 

The best type of face mask to use to prevent maskne 

Lastly, an easy way to prevent maskne is to wear the right kind of mask. We recommend using cotton masks when possible thanks to their breathability and reduced levels of friction/rubbing. There are a variety of brands creating affordable and stylish options, but if you want to go the DIY route, they’re pretty easy to make!

Face mask acne is no fun to experience, especially when you’re just trying to keep yourself and others safe. Thankfully, there are easy ways to prevent and reduce the effects of maskne without changing up your normal routine too much!