6 Tips on How to Avoid “Maskne”

Masks are here and they aren't going away anytime soon.  They come with us to the grocery store, to the workplace, to the classroom, and everywhere in between.  And while they help protect us from spreading the virus, they aren't doing any justice for our skin.

It doesn't matter if you're young or old, maskne is haunting all of us.  Masks trap in oil, sweat, and dirt that is left to lurk on the skin's surface for hours at a time.  As you can imagine, this buildup clogs pores and results in the dreaded maskne.  

But don't fear -- maskne can be prevented and treated!  With a little extra love and care for our skin, it’ll be like maskne never even existed!  



1. Ditch the Makeup (From Mask Down)

Let's be honest.  Although I’m sure your foundation, contour, blush, and highlight look stunning, when you wear a mask, nobody can see your makeup!  Save yourself time in the morning (and a few breakouts!) by ditching the makeup from the top of your mask and down.  

Reducing the amount of excess oils and products that get trapped under your mask will dramatically help maskne become a problem of the past.  Lately I’ve been doing my eyes and brows as normal, as well as a little bit of concealer on my under eyes and forehead.  Find what works best for you and make it your new 2020 look!   

p.s. you can skip the lipstick but make sure to still apply a chapstick or lip balm!  

2. Wash Your Mask After Every Use

If you aren't doing this already, make it a priority!  Homemade masks should be washed after each day of use.  If you're using a disposable medical mask, you should throw them away at the end of the day as well to practice the best skin hygiene.  

Washing your mask rids the material of any leftover makeup, germs, and grime.  Think about it like this -- if you wear the same mask everyday, you're not only spreading germs, but you're also letting days of oil touch your skin.  Gross!  Plus, who doesn't love the smell of a freshly washed mask? 

3. Cleanse and Moisturize Your Face Twice Daily

Cleansing your face twice a day will, one again, remove dirt from the skin and may even help with oil production.  If you struggle with maskne, you may want to look into purchasing a acne targeting cleanser.  I love the Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser because it's not too harsh and doesn't dry out the skin, but helps fight my acne with salicylic acid.  Stay away from rough exfoliating cleansers, as they will strip your skin of all oils, which -- I know it sounds counterintuitive -- will lead to heavier oil output. 

I don’t know about you, but for me, after I wear my mask all day, my skin feels dry and tight.  Breathing out warm air all day along with your mask irritating the skin can lead to serious dry patches.  To prevent this, after each time you cleanse, make sure to reimburse your skin with a moisturizer.

4.  Opt for a Cotton Mask

Cotton is soft, hypoallergenic, and less irritable than other fabric options.  It is also very breathable, but still protects from the spread.  The less your mask bothers your skin, the less likely you are to break out.  That being said, be sure to choose a cotton mask that isn’t too loose but  isn’t too snug.  

5.  Use a Toner

If you are still noticing oil build up, add a toner to your skincare routine.  Toner is a quick way to remove traces of makeup, pollutants, and dirt from the skin without stripping the natural oils.  

Use toner on a cotton pad after cleansing and before moisturizing. Swipe the pad in upward and outward motions, starting from the center of the face and working your way out.  This ensures that the dirt stays out and that your pores are nice and clean. 

6.  Take a Breather and Switch the Mask

When working long shifts, try to take a 10 to 15 minute mask break every couple of hours (only within reason and while keeping your distance, of course).  If you can take your break outside and are allowed to remove your mask, take advantage of that opportunity.  Allowing your skin to breathe for even just a short amount of time can be a life saver. 

If you happen to have an extra clean mask in your pocket, you may want to switch your mask out while you have a chance.  Changing your mask every 4 or so hours can help lessen the amount of bacteria that rubs into your skin underneath the mask.   And like I said before, nothing beats a new and fresh mask!

Hang in there, love!  With these quick tips we can overcome maskne for good!


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