Preventing and Treating Maskne (aka Mask Acne)

Preventing and Treating Maskne (aka Mask Acne)

Maskne is basically the new acne ("mask" + "acne" = "maskne"), and it's becoming increasingly common these days, what with us wearing face masks more frequently than before (thanks COVID-19 🙄). Read more to learn how to prevent and treat maskne.

What Is It, and What Are the Causes?

Maske is actually an umbrella term for a number of different skin conditions as a result of wearing a face mask. If you already have one of these conditions, you may be more prone to developing maskne. 
  • Acne: A result of clogged pores that end up causing pimples, whiteheads and/or blackheads. In most cases, maskne is the result of clogged pores Oil, bacteria and dead skin cells already exist on the skin. Wearing a face mask builds up these substances even more, which ends up blocking your pores. Face masks also trap humidity as a result of the natural acts of breathing and sweating, which may also increase the risk of acne.
  • Rosacea: Redness and visible blood vessels in your face. 
  • Contact dermatitis. Red rash, skin irritation and blisters caused by a sensitivity or allergic reaction to the material of your mask. Some masks are pretreated with chemicals which can also cause irritation, as can wearing a mask that’s been washed in a scented detergent.
  • Folliculitis: Inflamed hair follicles as a result of infection, often accompanied by itchiness and/or pain.

How to Treat Mask Acne aka Maskne | Standard Beauty

Wearing a face mask in public is mandatory, but there are still ways to prevent the dreaded maskne ~

How to Prevent It

There are preventative steps that can be taken to avoid maskne, but it will take commitment, as does everything in the world of skin care. This isn't a bad thing, babe, it's simply something to be mindful of as part of your skin care routine.

Apply moisturiser before wearing your face mask, as the mask may cause irritation to dry skin. Moisturiser will provide a good barrier between your skin and your face mask.

Avoid wearing face masks that are made out of synthetic fabrics like nylon, which can be irritating to the skin.

Always be sure to wash your reusable face mask after each use, and use an unscented hypoallergenic detergent and allow it to dry completely before wearing it again.

Carry a number of disposable face masks with you when you go out so that you can throw it away after each use

Allow your skin to breathe by removing your face mask for 15 minutes every 4 hours. Remember to do this only when you are in an isolated space, out of the proximity of other people.

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Our Lactic Acid Toner is the best product treat mask acne aka "maskne".

How To Treat It

Wash your face twice a day once in the morning and again at night before bed. Keep in mind that it's important to wash your face for one full minute to ensure proper cleansing of the skin. To avoid irritation, washing with warm water is better than hot water, and patting dry with your towel is better than rubbing. 

Use a toner 2-3 times per week. Our Lactic Acid Toner is a great product for treating maskne. It exfoliates the top layer of the skin, removing excess oil, sweat, and bacteria. 

Take a break from wearing makeup. Beauty products like foundation, concealer, and blush can clog your pores and slow down the healing process as far as maskne is concerned. Fortunately we aren't going out as often as before, and when we are, we're wearing our face masks anyway! Give the makeup a break and you'll be sure to see an improvement in your skin