If you’re wearing a face mask almost all day every day, you might have become familiar with maskne. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent and treat mask induced spots.
- Expert Treatment
First of all, I’d recommend going to see a doctor, GP or dermatologist if you have acne. Going to the doctor for my acne has helped more than anything else. I’m very obviously not a doctor or skincare expert, I’m just here to share the things that are keeping my maskne under control in the hope it’s helpful to others. For more general acne skincare advice, take a look at my post How I Got Rid of my Acne.
If you do not work somewhere that requires you to wear a medical grade mask, I would suggest trying a silk/silk-lined face mask. Silk is known for being less abrasive on the skin than other materials such as cotton, so is less likely to cause breakouts.
You can buy silk masks everywhere – I’ve got 2 I bought from depop – here’s the link to the seller’s depop account (KMW Designs) if you’re interested! I encourage you to buy from independent sellers and small businesses rather than brands that grossly underpay their workers, naming no names (#boycottboohoo ew).
I wear my silk masks during 12 hour shifts, and can confidently say they feel much nicer on the skin than cotton and surgical masks do. Less irritation = less spots.
If silk masks aren’t an option, then take Dr. Pimple Popper’s advice (I love her videos) and spray salicylic acid inside your mask before putting it on. Take a look at this video for more tips from Dr. Pimple Popper!
I would also recommend wearing minimal/no makeup when wearing a face mask (no one is really going to see it anyway apart from you!), and take your mask off when you’re safely away from others e.g. breaks/time outside. Give your skin chance to breathe and heal.
- Products & Routine
Finally, here are some products that have been working for me to reduce maskne. Please remember that just because they work for my skin, does not mean they will work for everyone else’s. Go for products best suited to your skin type, and get professional help if you are struggling. My maskne skincare routine:
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel – this daily gel cleanser is designed for oily, blemish prone skin and comes at an affordable price. It’s really effective at removing the oil and dirt that’s built up beneath your mask during the day. Avoid if you have dry skin.
Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Purifying Cleansing Wash – this is mentioned in How I Got Rid of my Acne and I still love it. I personally find this a bit harsh for every day use, so I use it once or twice a week in place of my usual cleanser. Skin always looks better after use, and salicylic acid is great for reducing spots.
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toner – again, this is quite harsh so I use it every other day. This helps exfoliate the skin, and I’ve found it does improve your complexion over time. There are loads of different glycolic acid toners on the market right now so take a look at reviews to find which one will work best for you and if it’s suited to your skin type.
The Ordinary Niacinamide + Zinc – for a more in depth review of this serum take a look at my recent post. This product really helps soothe the skin, reducing redness and inflammation, and preventing new spots from appearing. If you only get one thing from this list, let it be the niacinamide + zinc.
Avene TriAcnéal Expert – I only use this at night as it’s quite heavy. This moisturiser is really soothing which is very surprising for an acne product. It helps to combat and prevent spots, and get rid of scarring.
Comment down below what’s worked for you in preventing and treating maskne, I’d love to know your tips!
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