Maskne is caused by the heat and friction that is created by skin rubbing against face masks. Breathing, sweating, and talking with a face mask on can make skin become raw and inflamed, ultimately causing pores to become clogged with bacteria.
While masks are keeping people safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, they are creating a new skin concern.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything — including how people are treating their skin. While face masks have become the new normal to keep everyone safe and healthy, they are causing people to experience “maskne,” or acne that pops up due to mask wearing.
Here are six things you can do to help minimize/avoid maskne
Stick to a Skincare Routine
Clean skin is healthy skin. We recommend washing the face twice a day with a gentle cleanser — once in the morning and once at night — to ensure that dirt, toxins and impurities are washed away without stripping the skin of its natural oils and moisture balance.
Create a Barrier Between the Skin and Face Masks
Use a soothing and protective moisturizer that will protect your skin from the heat and friction caused by masks. This creates a barrier to fight against environmental and internal triggers that can cause skin stress.
How to Treat Maskne Breakouts
If maskne strikes, treat breakouts with ingredients that will fight bacteria and excess sebum without compromising their skin’s balance.
Properly Cleaning Masks
If you are wearing disposable masks, we recommend that you change it every day. This prevents the spread of excess oils and bacteria left on face masks. If your are wearing a reusable cloth mask, wash it after every use with a fragrance-free detergent and without fabric softener. Scented detergents can aggravate the skin, which can then clog pores.
Why Avoiding Heavy Makeup Matters
Wearing a face mask with a heavy foundation underneath will make matters worse. The added heat, moisture, and friction from masks will drive makeup deeper into the skin, which can lead to bacteria build ups and breakouts. We recommend that you stick with lighter options such as a tinted moisturizer.
Establish a Treatment Plan
While everyone’s skin is different, there are a few treatment options that can help treat maskne across the board. At Hand & Stone, we are recommending our clients start with Dermalogica’s Detox Facial or the Detox Blue LED Skin Phototherapy Facial. From there, our skincare professionals can work with you to tailor the approach as needed.
In the meantime, if you are wanting to perform a facial at home, the following Dermalogica products an help you perform an Active Clearing Mini Facial.
Products used in the video include:
Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash
Dermalogica Sebum Clearing Masque
Dermalogica Multi-active Toner
Dermalogica Age Bright Clearing Serum
Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF