What is Maskne and what to do about it?

by Kelli Parisian June 18, 2020

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What is Maskne?

So, you made or bought your own face mask and have been diligently wearing it. Now, out of the blue, you're experiencing breakouts in strange new places on your face. 

You're likely dealing with Maskne (think acne)-- clogged pores, and breakouts caused from long periods of wearing face masks that happen at any age. 

Maskne can show up as pimples, redness, or irritation around your mouth, cheeks, and jawline.

Constant friction against your face, as well as trapped breath and moisture, can create or exacerbate existing skin problems. Bacteria can build up on masks, especially during the summer.

It's a good idea to stay away from polyester and nylon masks as these fabrics cause you to sweat more. Opt for breathable cotton masks instead. 

What Dermatologists say about Maskne

Dermatologist, Dr. Abigail Waldman reports, "The best way to prevent maskne, is to keep your mask clean and by throwing away your disposable masks once they begin to look dirty. Reusable masks should be washed every day, preferably in sensitive skin detergent.

Your mask can press on the skin and actually occlude (clog) the hair follicles causing a breakout. Also, you can get a buildup of makeup and other allergens coming from the outside, on the inside of the mask, causing sensitivities, redness, and irritation."

The best way to prevent Maskne

Dr Walman recommends washing your face before and after wearing a mask with a gentle facial cleanser and then moisturizer.

If hormonal type acne is a problem, consider a facial cleanser with activated coconut charcoal. Coconut is a step above regular activated charcoal and is considered more pure, effective, and safe. It pulls out toxins and impurities from the skin easily and helps our skin to have a soft, clean, and clarified appearance.

Have you experienced Maskne?


Kelli Parisian
Kelli Parisian


Kelli Parisian - Founder of Parisian's Pure Indulgence Organic Skin Care. Contributing writer to LivingBetter50 online Woman's Magazine. Come along with me, and learn how to have a healthy, vibrant, beautiful life after 50!

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