What is “Maskne”?
Maskne (Mask + Acne) aka acne mechania occurs when friction, moisture and dirt get trapped under the mask causing pores to be clogged. Thus leading to breakouts around the mouth, cheeks and jawline. Here are our top 6 tips to help prevent acne problems under your mask.
Tip 1: Skip wearing makeup under your mask.
Makeup can aggravate the skin and cause pores to be clogged, leading to more irritations and acne breakouts. If you want to wear makeup, just focus it on your eyes!
Tip 2: Don’t over cleanse your face.
The number one mistake people make when dealing with acne is over cleansing. Contrary to popular belief, over-washing your face could lead to a whole set of other skin problems like sensitivity and dryness.
- If you have dry skin, we actually recommend skipping your morning cleanser and just rinse your face with water. However, if you insist on using a cleanser, we recommend using a gentle, non-foaming cleanser like CeraVe’s Hydrating Facial Cleanser or Sioris' Cleanse Me Softly Milk Cleanser.
- If you have normal to oily skin, we recommend a foaming cleanser like CeraVe’s Foaming Facial Cleanser.
Regardless of your skin type, we recommend doing a double cleanse. What this means is that you should be going in a first cleanser to break down all the oil-based impurities like sunscreen, makeup, oil, dirt buildup is thoroughly removed. We recommend these as first step cleansers:
Then going in with a second cleanser (like the ones that were mentioned in the morning routine) to break down water-based impurities and remove whatever that is left behind from the first cleanser.
Tip 3: Incorporate actives like Salicylic Acid and Retinoids in your routine.
When we say actives in skincare, it refers to the main active ingredient in a skincare product that addresses a particular skin concern. We recommend incorporating actives like Salicylic Acid and Retinol in your routine to help combat and prevent maskne.
Salicylic Acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) that is oil-soluble and can penetrate deep into the pores, exfoliating the skin and increasing the skin’s turnover rate. We recommend using CeraVe’s Renewing SA Cleanser a couple times a week to help unclog pores. Alternatively, you can go in with Be Plain’s BHA Peeling Ampoule, a gentle serum formulated with Salicylic Acid.
Retinoids is an umbrella term for all Vitamin A derived compounds that not only helps with fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation. It also helps to increase cell turnover to prevent clogged pores and help with acne prevention. We recommend using CeraVe’s Resurfacing Retinol Serum or CeraVe’s Renewing Retinol Serum, a great beginner-friendly retinol serum to help prevent acne and to treat post-acne hyperpigmentation.
SKNEDIT tip: We recommend avoiding retinoids, salicylic acid while pregnant. Please consult with your doctor or ask a doctor free online if you are unsure of any of the products mentioned.
Tip 4: Simplify your skincare routine.
We understand, acne is frustrating. When you are at that point that you’ve tried every product under the sun and you are at wits end with your acne. Just go back to the basics, the essentials of every good skincare routine: cleanser, moisturiser, and sunscreen. We talked about cleansers above, now let’s talk moisturisers. They will keep the skin feeling soft and smooth, protecting the skin’s natural skin barrier.
Tip 5: Always wear sunscreen, even under your mask.
Sunscreen is always non-negotiable. Rain or shine. Acne or no acne. Wearing a face mask does not protect you from the sun’s UV rays. You still need to use a sunscreen under your mask to prevent post acne hyperpigmentation from worsening. Our favorite sunscreen to recommend for all skin types (and for both men and women) is Keep Cool’s Soothe Bamboo Sun Essence, a broad spectrum organic (chemical) sunscreen that protects the skin against both UVB and UVA rays. It is the sunscreen we love for people who hate sunscreen because it feels like nothing on the skin.
SKNEDIT tip: We recommend avoiding organic (chemical) sunscreens while pregnant. Please consult with your doctor or ask a doctor free online if you are unsure of any of the products mentioned.
Tip 6: Change or wash your mask regularly.
You should be changing your mask every single day, regardless if you are using a disposable mask or not. If it is not obvious enough, a disposable mask should not be reused. However, if you prefer to use reusable masks, we recommend washing your mask every single day with a gentle, hypoallergenic and fragrance-free detergent to prevent any skin irritations. You can also choose a reusable mask with a breathable fabric like cotton or silk.
We hope that these tips help you combat your maskne problems. Still feeling overwhelmed about what skincare products you might need? Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will give you a 1-on-1 skin consult.