Maskne (mask acne)
Wearing a mask has become part of our every day life in 2020, but it can lead to annoying acne. To make matters worse, our skin can be extra sensitive with the constant friction and typical acne regimens can be too harsh. Follow these steps to help prevent new break-outs!
First, wash your face with a gentle cleanser. We recommend Cerave, Cetaphil, or Vanicream.
Next, make sure to apply an oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer. From May through October, it is a good idea to include SPF30+, but in the winter months in New England, this isn’t necessary, (unless you’ve been instructed by your dermatologist that you need extra sun protection).
Make sure to avoid avoid wearing make-up under the mask. If make-up is unavoidable, look for lighter powders over heavy liquid foundations.
In the search for clear skin, make sure to avoid new masks and peels which can have drying ingredients and worsen skin irritation. If you use a retinoid or retinol-containing moisturizer, it may make your skin more sensitive to the constant mask-wearing. Consider decreasing the frequency or potency of the retinoid.
Remember to wash your mask daily, and to wash your hands before touching or removing your mask. If you can safely remove your mask during the day, consider taking it off for 10-15minutes. You can even use these gentle Cetaphil wipes to help prevent new break-outs.
If you’re still getting new acne despite these steps, call your friendly dermatologist! You might have a different kind of skin condition- such as perioral dermatitis- or may need prescription strength medicine to treat your acne.