PSA: Here’s How To Avoid That Dreaded Maskne

That's breakouts from wearing a face mask, btw.


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At this stage, a face mask is basically included in our checklist when we’re running out the door. Phone? Keys? Face mask? But one thing we weren’t really ready for is the maskne that comes along with it. You’ve probably heard this new beauty phrase floating around for the past few months, by the off chance that you haven’t, it’s basically breakouts around the chin, jaws and mouth areas due to wearing a face mask constantly.

According to cosmetic doctor, Dr Sophie Shotter, “Face masks can affect your skin in a couple of key ways. One is by causing friction in the areas where the mask makes contact with your skin. This can lead to skin irritation and sensitivity, or can cause acne mechanica – a type of acne caused by repeated rubbing.”

She continued to explain to Grazia, “Underneath the mask, there is also a very warm, humid environment which is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Breakouts underneath the whole mask are not uncommon, especially if people are wearing heavy comedogenic make-up.”


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So, how can we prevent maskne, I hear you cry? First up, it’s worth checking that your mask actually fits you properly. If your mask is too loose, this is where the friction comes in, irritating your skin. One simple thing to do is to tie a not around the ear loops, so your mask is that little bit tighter. You’ll know yourself if it’s too loose or too tight, whatever feels most comfortable. Next, it’s time to skip heavier foundations. When you’re pairing a heavy foundation with a face mask, the mask will only push the formula into the skin, causing blocked pores and congestion. If you don’t want to part with your favourite foundation, mix it in with an illuminator (Laura Mercier’s latest are stunning) to lighten the formula slightly without changing it too much.

If you’re still having problems, it might be time to look at your morning skincare routine. If you’re adding too many products and formulas, it’s going to over complicate things adding a face mask into the mix. When it comes to both your skincare and makeup routine, keep lightweight products at the top of your list. Cut to the bare essentials, and you can reach for your additional, must-have products at night.

If you’re still having problems with breakouts, it’s worth investing in products with salicylic acid. Salicylic acid works as an exfoliant, helps to clear pores and reduce congestion. Be careful though, start off slow with salicylic acid so your skin can get used to it. Give Skingredients Sally Cleanse a go every third night to start off with and you’ll be on your way to clear skin in no time.