What causes maskne?
Maskne is a type of acne that occurs from wearing a face-covering, face mask, or even a face shield. Acne occurs when pores are blocked by oil, sweat, or makeup. When wearing any type of facial covering, pores can easily become blocked or clogged due to pressure, friction, and the rubbing of material against the skin from the mask or covering.
How do I know if I have maskne?
This is a really personal question. You know your skin best, and you know when you break out and what usually causes your breakouts. But the biggest tell if you have maskne is the location of your acne. If you have new acne breakouts in areas where a facial mask or covering causes friction, then odds are it’s most likely maskne.
How you can prevent Maskne from ruining your day!
Maskne has become a real thing due to the wearing of facial coverings, but there are things you can do to prevent it.
- Have a solid skincare routine. If you do not have one or you want to improve yours, we can help guide you with the right products or services for your skin concerns and skin type.
- Air out your skin throughout the day. If possible, do not wear a mask all day. Your skin needs to breathe and needs a break from a covering or mask.
- Try a different mask. Sometimes the material of the mask you are wearing can cause excess irritation or friction on your skin. The material of your mask is important. Try finding the softest mask possible. Silk or silk-like masks are best, but it can be difficult to find a washable silk mask, so try and find the softest mask you can, and make sure it’s washable because keeping your mask clean is important.
- Wash your cloth mask daily. Keeping a clean cloth mask is crucial for healthy skin. You don’t want to wear a dirty mask since this can harm your skin.
- Hydrate, then hydrate some more. Drinking plenty of water is important for healthy skin, and in our hot, humid climate, it’s especially important.
Most people will fight off some sort of acne in their lifetime, and maskne is no different. Stress, hydration, lifestyle, and eating habits all affect your odds of developing acne or pimples on your face. With the added stress of everyday life and the uncertainties we all face, acne has become a concern for many. Many of us are now wearing facial masks or facial coverings to go outside. This can create the exact conditions needed for acne to develop, so I hope the tips on this page help you fight off your maskne, and if they don’t, then maybe it’s time to consider professional treatments to address your skin concerns. If you have any questions, you can contact me or even book a complimentary 15-minute virtual consultation.