Maskne: face mask acne and how to prevent it

Why does maskne occur?

There are various reasons why wearing a mask over a long period of time could affect the covered portion of our face. A tight mask could cause rashes on the bridge of the nose and behind the ears due to friction. A rough fabric could rub our skin the wrong way. The material of the mask should be soft, ideally 100% cotton. Make sure you use a mild detergent as that can also cause irritation of the skin. Though one must not take off the mask in a public place or when in company, you could remove the mask when isolated or at home to allow your skin to breathe. The weather could also aggravate the condition. Excess dryness or humidity could adversely affect the skin under cover. If one has any existing underlying skin conditions such as rosacea, acne or psoriasis, these tend to worsen with a mask.

What precautions must one take for the mask before wearing it?

Firstly, make sure you have a few masks handy so you don’t end up re-using only one mask. Cleanse, tone and moisturize your face before and after wearing a mask. Always wear a clean, fresh mask. To avoid rashes, use a mask with a soft fabric that is neither too tight or loose.

How to treat maskne?

A lot of people are reporting acne eruptions, irritation and rashes on their face because of continuously wearing masks. You can avoid this by washing or disinfecting a mask each time you wear it. Make sure you clean your face before and after putting on a mask and don’t forget to rub in a gentle moisturiser so that your skin doesn’t dry out. Apply any calamine lotion on your rash after you have removed the mask and cleaned your face.

How to keep skin healthy when wearing a mask?

  • Wash your face regularly and keep on light moisturizer at all times. If you have dry skin, use a rich cream.
  • Apply a light sunscreen lotion or cream, preferably mineral-based. Be aware that there are certain chemical ingredients in sunscreen that may wear down the integrity of rubber or elastic materials on the mask
  • Avoid wearing heavy makeup like foundation) under your mask. This may cause skin break outs.
  • For those wearing cloth masks, make sure you wash them daily as per the guidelines to minimize bacteria growth that can cause acne.


How to prevent maskne from happening?

Follow all these above tips to prevent maskne. Cleanliness is absolutely essential. Choose the right mask that fits you well and is soft on the skin. Take care of your face by regularly washing and moisturizing.