Maskne is a thing. Follow these simple tips to prevent breakouts caused by face masks

Whether you’ve been fully PPE’d for weeks or are just starting to use a face mask in public places, you may notice that it’s less than comfy. The warm air,  sweat, friction, and bacteria make a perfect environment for breakouts.

More and more people are now complaining about acne caused by face mask usage. Yet, we can’t really ditch them right now, and it looks like we’ll be stuck with face masks for a while. 

How do I know it's maskne?

If you're using a face mask on the regular and breaking out around the chin area, it's possible that you have maskne. We list our best tips on how to prevent it. 

1. 1. Cleanse properly

Cleansing has never been more important

First and foremost, cleansing has never been more important. Avoid harsh cleansers and go for gentle and natural ones, gel or oil-based tend to be the gentlest on the market. Make sure you remove all makeup and cleanse for about a minute so that all traces of pollution are removed.

Also, stick to fragrance-free. Fragrance is a major problem in cosmetics and you just don’t need all the extra burden on your face right now.

Once cleansed, pat the skin dry. DO NOT RUB, we repeat, do not rub.

2. 2. Moisturize

Moisturizing is key in acne prevention

This may feel counterintuitive but moisturizing is key in acne prevention. It will replenish your skin barrier and prevent it from drying out. Again, calming and fragrance-free is the way to go.

3. 3. Avoid makeup if possible

Avoid makeup if possible

If you’re going to use a mask all day long, you may want to skip makeup altogether. This way your pores are less likely to get clogged further.

4. 4. Wash your mask

Don't forget to wash your mask

Don’t forget to wash your mask every day, spray it with disinfectant (make your own by mixing half a cup of distilled water, half a cup of vinegar, ten drops of tea tree oil and ten drops of peppermint oil) and wash thoroughly.

5. 5. What if you get a spot?

What if you get a spot?

If a spot rears its ugly head anyway, cover it with a patch. You can get these online and in pharmacies, they usually contain ingredients that prevent spots from inflaming further. Just pat one on so there's an extra barrier between the spot and the mask. 

6. 6. Choose the right mask

Choose your mask wisely

If you have opted for a reusable mask instead of the disposable ones, consider the fabric it's made of.  A soft, cotton mask will reduce the possibility of irritation. If you're going for a run, remove the mask as soon as it's safe, wash thoroughly, and cleanse your face. If you've chosen a reusable mask, consider having at least two so you can change as needed. 

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