Wearing a face mask causing acne breakouts? Here's how you can avoid them.

If you wear a face mask on the regular (which honestly why wouldn’t you?!?), it’s normal to notice small breakouts on your face after. Mask-related acne, also called maskne, is one of the side effects that comes with wearing a face mask, but don’t fret – there are clever ways to treat and avoid mask acne.

What causes maskne?

  • Maskne is the result of clogged pores. When you wear a mask, there can be a build up of oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells, and block your pores.
  • Your mask tends to trap a lot of warm and humid air when you breathe or talk. This is ideal for yeast, bacteria, and other flora, such as demodex (natural skin mites) - increasing the risk of acne.
  • Additionally, the chafing and friction from your mask may also lead to breakouts.

How to treat maskne?

  • Wash your face regularly - especially after you've worn your mask for a prolonged period. You can even use a dandruff shampoo from time to time. It contains ketoconazole or selenium sulfide which helps remove yeast buildup.
  • Use a gentle foaming cleanser - If you're prone to acne, look for one that has benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
  • Use a noncomedogenic moisturizer - These keep your skin hydrated without blocking pores.
  • Use cortisone cream together with a moisturizer containing ceramides - particularly if your maskne involves skin irritation.
  • Avoid using makeup during maskne treatment

How to prevent maskne?

  • If you are using a reusable fabric face mask, wash after each use
  • If you are using a disposable face mask, throw it away after each use
  • Remove your face mask for 15 min every 4 hours. Make sure you maintain physical distancing when your mask is off.
  • Choose a mask that fits snugly and is made of soft, hypoallergenic fabric

In a nutshell

  • Maskne, or mask acne, involves acne breakouts from wearing a face mask.
  • While frustrating, it’s important to keep wear a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Regular face-washing, moisturizing, and wearing the right mask may help prevent skin problems.
  • If your maskne is severe, or persists after trying these suggestions, please reach out to a dermatologist.

Note: All Hyjiva Disposable Face Masks are made with virgin medical-grade technical textiles that are hypoallergenic and soft on the skin.