In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, wearing a face mask has become part of our daily routine.
If you develop breakouts from wearing a mask, you’re not alone. This condition, known as “maskne” (mask acne), is a common side effect of using a mask.
Maskne doesn’t simply cause pimples, though. It may also result in skin issues including redness, bumpiness, and irritation.
If you’re concerned about maskne, read on. We’ll explore the potential causes, as well as ways to treat and prevent it.
Generally, “Maskne” is an umbrella term for several skin conditions that can be caused by wearing a face mask or covering. It can include:
- Acne. Acne happens when your pores become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and dirt. It can cause pimples, whiteheads, or blackhead.
- Rosacea. If you have rosacea, wearing a mask may cause flare-ups. This can lead to pimples and redness.
- Contact dermatitis. contact dermatitis occurs when you’re allergic or sensitive to the material of your mask. It can result in a red rash, along with irritation and blisters.
- Folliculitis. Folliculitis, or an infection of your hair follicles, causes bumps that look like an acne breakouts. You might also experience itchiness or pain.
If you already have one of these conditions, you may be more prone to developing maskne.
Because maskne can involve various skin conditions, the exact cause of your symptoms may vary.
In most cases, maskne is the result of clogged pores. You already have oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells on your skin. But when you wear a mask, these substances can build up more and block your pores.
A mask also traps humidity due to your breathing and sweating, which may increase the risk of acne.
Another possible cause is friction. The material of a face covering can rub against your skin, leading to chafing and irritation.
Or you may be sensitive or allergic to the material of your face covering. Some masks are pretreated with chemicals or feel rough on the skin. Similarly, wearing a mask that’s been washed in a scented detergent may cause irritation.
It’s essential to keep wearing a face mask, even if you have maskne. Keeping your mouth and nose covered is one of the best ways to protect yourself and those around you from COVID-19.
There are several ways to treat maskne symptoms.
During the pandemic, continue following your regular skin care routine to keep your skin healthy. We can help and advise with this with our skin solutions products. For more info contact the salon for a consultation. This is £10 redeemable against product purchase.
This includes cleansing, toning, exfoliating and moisturising the skin.
- once in the morning
- once at night, before going to bed
- after sweating or wearing a mask
When cleansing your face, use lukewarm water. Pat your skin dry with a flannel towel. Avoid rubbing your skin as this may cause irritation. We suggest buying a few cheap flannels that you can use once only and place immediately in the wash for complete hygiene. Using a fresh new towel each time.
Use a gentle cleanser
Our comfort gentle cleanser can help remove excess oil, sweat, and bacteria. Ideal for normal/dry skins.
If your maskne is more severe, our pore detox foaming cleanser is the answer as helps to combat breakouts.
Use a moisturiser
After washing your face, apply a moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated. We have various different types of moisturisers that we can recommend for different skin types. Pore Detox moituriser is ideal for oily skin prone to breakouts as it won’t block your pores.
Take a break from makeup or use our Mii Mineral Make-Up
Skip the makeup while you’re treating maskne. Some beauty products such as foundation, concealer, and blush can clog your pores and prolong healing. Even without the mask, some unnecessary ingredients can cause breakouts. Mii Make up is the answer to this with its mineral content and nothing nasty to aggravate the skin. For more info and a colour match call the salon for the perfect solution.
Since you’ll likely need to continue wearing a face mask in public for the foreseeable future, it might help to follow these maskne prevention tips.
Wash fabric masks after every use
Never reuse a cloth mask without first washing it. Use unscented hypoallergenic laundry detergent, then let it dry completely.
Toss disposable masks after each use
After wearing a disposable mask, throw it away. Consider keeping several face masks on hand in case you need a fresh one.
Remove your mask every 4 hours
It is recommended to remove your mask for 15 minutes every 4 hours. This will help give your skin a break. It’s also important to wash your hands before taking a mask break.
Apply moisturizer before wearing a mask
If your skin tends to be dry, a mask may cause irritation. Applying a moisturiser can help hydrate your skin. A moisturiser can also serve as a barrier between your skin and the mask. See our moisturiser selection for the right one for you or call the salon for more advice.
Choose the right mask
To avoid skin issues, be mindful of the type of mask you wear.
Try to wear a face mask that:
- fits snugly, but not too tight
- has two or more layers of fabric
- is made of natural, soft fabric (like cotton)
Avoid masks made of synthetic fabrics, such as nylon or rayon. These materials can irritate the skin.
Wash your face after wearing a mask
Once you’re back at home, wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Follow with a moisturiser to protect your skin. Washing your face is especially important after sweating while wearing a mask.
Our Maskne Facial is prescribed for your concerns so a consultation is recommended.