Mask Acne

As COVID-19 lingers, our wearing of face masks has become part of our regular routine.

However, wearing a mask all day can have an uncomfortable side effect called “maskne”.   Fortunately, there are some preventative measures that can reduce the likelihood of this condition.

Here are some helpful tips:

  1. Wash and moisturize your face both day and night. Wearing a mask all day can lead to your skin becoming excessively dry. This means that it is important to wash and moisturize before bed, in addition to your morning routine.
  2. Wear lip balm. Although not related to acne, dry skin extends to your lips and it is important to keep your lips moisturized throughout the day.
  3. Avoid makeup under the mask. Beneath the mask, your pores are more likely to clog.  In addition, mask movement and rubbing against the skin can  also clog pores.
  4. Wear the right mask. Soft, natural, breathable fabric such as cotton on the inside of the mask can help protect your skin.  Also make sure that your mask is comfortable and snug so it doesn’t move around on your face.
  5. Resist the urge to touch your face. Wearing a mask is not a normal sensation and you may feel the need to touch, itch, and rub your face.  Not only can this help spread Coronavirus, but it also increases the likelihood of getting unnecessary oil and dirt on your face as well – causing pore clogging and pimples.
  6. Avoid picking. It may be tempting, but avoid picking at those pesky pimples.  You risk causing long term damage to your skin.
  7. Medical facials. Having regular facials with deep cleansing and moisturizing benefits can provide long term positive results.

Our certified medical aestheticians are experts at acne and understand the skin related issues that come with wearing a mask.  We can help clean your skin, address those pesky blemishes, and provide a customized skin care regime for future prevention.  Don’t wait until your skin breaks out.  If you are in a profession where you wear a mask regularly, give us a call to set up a consultation.