How to Combat “Maskne”

Our new reality requires us to wear face masks for extended periods of time, which has resulted in many of us experiencing the newly dubbed skin condition “maskne.” As the name suggests, maskne is a type of breakout that results from wearing a face mask. Maskne forms in areas covered by a mask and is basically acne that is a result of friction, pressure or rubbing.

So how can you prevent and treat maskne? Deena, esthetician at our Greenwood Village, Colo., store, always wears a mask during her workday at Pharmaca all day and has experienced maskne first-hand. Here are her tips and recommendations for helping combat this unique issue.

The first step is prevention.

Use a soft cloth mask—preferably organic cotton—since synthetic materials are more likely to irritate skin and cause acne or inflammation. And make sure to wash your mask every night.

Use a gentle cleanser.

Deena likes these cleansers that won’t irritate or strip skin of natural oils.

Use a gentle and hydrating moisturizer or restorative oil every morning and night.

Deena likes these products to hydrate.

Make sure to cleanse skin right after taking your mask off.

If you can’t use a cleanser right away, try using a mild antibacterial spray like the BLDG Active Face Hydrogel throughout the day.

Repair skin at night with a clay mask and a hydrating mask.

Try the Sonage Tulsi Soothing Clay Mask or Lavido 2-in-1 Purifying Facial Mask & Exfoliator, which is a great treatment for acne. I also love Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask to wear overnight—just remember to rinse it off in the morning. You will wake up with calm, hydrated, glowing skin!