Who would have known that doing your part during a pandemic could lead to facial trauma and breakouts? Even Acne Experts like us couldn’t have foreseen the unsavory pandemic side effect known as Maskne. The technical term for Maskne is Acne Mechanica which is defined as acne caused by friction, heat, and pressure on the skin. These three elements block the skin from air, making sweat build-up inevitable. Like other acne types, Maskne can be treated and prevented using the right products and a little foresight!
Treating Maskne at Home
Rest assured that you can easily treat your Maskne from the comfort and safety of your own home! There are two different ways to approach Maskne based on how it manifests.
If you are experiencing mask-related skin trauma like rough patches, follow these simple steps:
- Cleanse with Ultra Gentle Cleanser. Refrain from using any toners, scrubs, or active ingredients if you are experiencing any irritation or inflammation. Healing the skin comes first.
- Apply a layer of Aquaphor or Vaseline to the compromised areas. Using an occlusive barrier can help prevent further trauma to the compromised area.
- Gently pat a pea-sized amount of Cran-Peptide Cream onto the skin—be mindful not to rub irritated areas.
- Always follow with your favorite SPF.
For Maskne breakouts (blemishes that are not accompanied by irritation), treatment is as easy as one step: Apply Sulfur Spot Treatment to blemishes that have popped up.
How to Prevent Maskne
If you have successfully cleared your Maskne or have been struck with a bit of luck, take the following precautions fend off Maskne for good:
- Check in with an Acne Expert for a toner that works best for your skin. Keep a bag of cotton rounds and your Face Reality toner to gently tone affected areas throughout the day.
- Keep skin as moisturized as possible!
- If using a reusable mask, wash it as frequently as possible using detergent free of fragrance and SLS.
- Spritz your mask with alcohol in between wears—make sure the mask dries completely before wearing.
- Avoid wearing makeup—even acne-safe makeup can increase the likelihood of friction.
- Invest in a silk or satin mask. These materials minimize friction. Less friction means less irritation and breakouts.
If you can’t seem to get a handle on Maskne, it may be time to partner with an Acne Expert for a full clear skin routine and regular guidance to live acne-free. Whether you live in an area that is slowly returning to business as usual or are still under shelter-in-place, our talented Acne Experts have an option for you!