Maskne: Why Extended Mask Wear Can Cause Acne, How to Prevent Maskne & How to Treat Maskne

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Maskne is a growing concern among the general population with masks becoming an integral part of our lives during the current pandemic. Acne is caused when pores are clogged by a buildup of excess dead skin, oil, sweat and makeup. One of the first criteria for treating or preventing acne is to let your skin breathe. Maskne can be a very real thing when wearing masks for prolonged periods, which makes letting your skin breathe especially difficult.

If you feel your skin has become prone to breaking out ever since you started wearing masks on a regular basis, you are probably suffering from Maskne. Read on to find out what causes maskne and what can you do to prevent maskne in the future.


What Causes Maskne

If you want to know what maskne is caused by, there are two main reasons behind the breakouts you are experiencing.

Mask Fabric

The fabric on your face mask might chafe the skin, causing you irritation throughout the day. Wearing a loose mask is not advisable when you are going out but wearing it too tightly can cut into your skin. It may result in additional sweating, quickly clogging your pores and resulting in itchiness and irritation.

Excessive Humidity

Masks prevent the humidity from escaping, and the warmth and dampness inside the masks can lead to bacterial formations, resulting in breakouts. The nose, cheek, and chin are the typically the areas affected.


How To Prevent Maskne

If you have to wear a mask for prolonged periods of time and you are experiencing an increased amount of acne, there is no need to despair. Following our tips can help you prevent maskne so you can continue to protect yourself and others without worrying about breakouts.

  1. Wear Breathable Masks

To start, make sure your mask is breathable. As stated earlier, maskne can be caused by excess humidity. This can result in your skin secreting more oil and sebum, eventually causing a buildup in your pores.

To avoid this, make sure your face mask is made from a breathable fabric like cotton or linen. This will allow the humidity to escape and the sweat to dry out. You should avoid any synthetic material which might prevent your skin from breathing properly.

If you have very sensitive skin, you can also opt for silk masks that are very light on the skin and reduce irritation.

  1. Reducing Skin Irritation

Skin irritation can give you acne. Irritation typically occurs along the edges where the mask rubs against your skin. To avoid this, make sure that the mask has no harsh stitches, and it is not too tightly fitted. If you are wearing a mask with elastic straps, they should be firm but should also go comfortably around your nose and ears.

Check the various styles of masks before you buy them to ensure they follow the natural contours of your face as much as possible. A mask that fits you well may make a big difference in how your skin reacts.

  1. Clean Your Masks Regularly

Wearing a clean mask can reduce the intensity and occurrence of maskne to a great extent. Avoid wearing a mask for more than five hours without cleaning it. If you have to wear a mask much longer, it may be best to carry a spare mask with you to change into. The idea is to change the mask before bacteria and oils start building up and have a chance to affect your skin.

Change the mask and when you are home, make sure you wash them thoroughly with a mild, disinfecting soap. If you have a busy schedule and you do not get enough time for regular cleaning, then opt for disposable masks and keep changing them after a few hours.

  1. Following a Skincare Regimen

If your skin is prone to acne and breakouts, then it may need additional care.

Avoid using heavy makeup while wearing a mask to help your skin breathe. Before washing your face, Dr. Dennis Gross recommends taking off the mask when you get home and letting your skin equilibrate for 20 minutes. Next, remove all makeup, cleanse your face thoroughly with a mild, anti-acne face cleanser with lukewarm water, and moisturize with an oil-free moisturizer, and apply an acne treatment if you notice blemishes forming. You can also use a face steamer to open and refresh your pores.

Tip: To ensure your skin can breathe under a mask, Dr. Dennis Gross recommends wearing a mask on a cleansed, bare face without makeup, moisturizer, serums, or treatments on your skin.


How To Get the Right Skincare for Maskne

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When you experience a breakout on your skin, try the Dr. Dennis Gross line of products to treat it as soon as possible:

As the age-old adage goes, prevention is always better than cure. Make sure you have taken the necessary precautions for preventing maskne in the first place. If you skip our steps for prevention, you can always try to treat pesky maskne with a product from the Dr. Dennis Gross line of skincare.

Dr. Dennis Gross is a practicing dermatologist with an extensive background in skin cancer research. The products in our skincare collection for acne-prone skin are 100% inspired by nature and deliver professional results at home without causing irritation. Shop our acne skincare range and our full range of bestselling skincare.

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