Got Maskne? Five Tips To Get Mask Related Acne Under Control
Got Maskne? Maskne is a form of acne mechanica, which is irritation of the skin caused by repeated rubbing, heat, and moisture, which can be caused by wearing something tight fitting. Wearing face masks traps bacteria and debris from our breath and can cause increased buildup on our faces. This can lead to unwanted breakouts where your mask is sitting on your skin. According to a recent letter to the editor in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, over 80% of healthcare workers in China suffered from skin problems on the face related to face masks. We have noticed in our practice an increase of patients suffering from breakouts over their cheeks since the beginning of the pandemic.
There are a number of different strategies to combat Maskne. Here are a few that we have found helpful—
1. Always wear a clean mask?
We recommend disposable face masks as long as you throw them out after a single use. If you would like to use reusable face masks, we recommend 100% cotton since it is the least irritating. Also make sure to have a few so you can cycle through and wash them after each use with a hypoallergenic, fragrance-free detergent.
2. Cleanse your face twice daily?
We recommend a gentle face cleanser twice daily. This ensures the bacteria and other particles are removed from your skin before and after wearing your mask. If you have active spots, benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid facial treatments can be effective.
3. Skip the makeup?
This is your chance to take a break from your makeup. If possible, avoid applying any makeup that will sit under your mask because this can contribute to buildup of debris on the face and clog pores.
4. Use sunscreen and moisturizer?
UVA and UVB rays can still get to your skin even while it is under your mask. We always recommend wearing an SPF, and it is just as important to wear now. A hydrating moisturizer is also important to help add a barrier to skin to prevent irritation caused by your mask.
5. Invest in good skincare!
Using the right products is key when trying to treat and prevent maskne and other irritation. The quality ingredients in a medical-grade skincare system can help speed up the healing of the problematic skin you might be experiencing.
If you are continuing to experience severe breakouts or irritation, call or message us to schedule a consultation to come up with the right skincare regimen for you!