"Maskne." The New Acne.

You're Not Alone.

As more states and businesses across the country require people to wear face coverings in public in order to fight the spread of COVID-19, individuals with sensitive skin are asking how to fight what’s under the mask — skin irritation and acne.

Maskne isn’t a new phenomenon, as medical professionals who have worn masks can attest to this pesky skin problem, but the condition has become more widespread amongst the general population.

Catalyst is here to help! Here are some helpful tips from our Catalyst Dermatology Providers!

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5 Ways to Prevent "Maskne"

Cleanse & Moisturize

Are you cleansing morning and night on the days you are wearing a mask? This is vital! This prevents dirt and oil from being trapped on the skin surface, which cause breakouts. Your face should always be clean before putting on your mask.

Also, apply a moisturizer after cleansing! Not only will this keep your skin hydrated, it will also act as a barrier between your face and your mask, reducing friction. Apply onto a cleansed face before and after wearing a mask. Try to avoid fragrances amongst other common contact allergens. This may take trial and error to find the right formulation for your skin type. We have a wide variety of medical-grade skincare options available at Catalyst!

Ditch The Makeup

IF makeup is used, be sure it is mineral based! We carry Jane Iredale at Catalyst which is a great, safe, mineral-based makeup.

Wearing skin makeup under a mask causes clogged pores and breakouts. Makeup residue will also soil your mask.

Wash Your Mask!

Wash your mask as much as possible! If wearing a cotton mask wash it after each use as its surface contains dirt and oil and can become a breeding ground for bacteria from your nose and mouth. Fragrances can irritate your skin, so skip the fabric softener, too.

Stay Away From Harsh Products

Medicated skin care products that contain benzoyl peroxide, retinols and salicylic acid will be more irritating to the skin under a mask — be careful about how much and what you use.

If you’re experiencing “maskne,” you might need to take a break from harsh skin products and just go back to basics when it comes to skincare. 

See A Professional

If you still don’t see a difference in your skin after implementing the skin care tips above, it may be time to call dermatology provider! Whether it be a telemedicine visit or in-person office visit, it’s improtant to seek guidance from a professional. 

Having the right skin care routine will lessen mask-related skin irritation and maskne.