How to Prevent and Treat Maskne

Maskne. How to prevent it.
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Since wearing face masks many of us have had to deal with an issue we thought was long behind us—acne. But this time, we’re breaking out where our masks were and there’s even a name for this type of acne—maskne. Maskne is a real bother and in the warmer months, it’s even worse. Unfortunately, it’s something we have to deal with for the time being, but here’s the best way to control mask-induced breakouts.

Wash Your Face

One of the best ways to prevent maskne is to wash your face before you put your mask on and as soon as you take it off when you get home. Don’t wait until bedtime to wash your face. Make sure you wash your face at least twice a day.

Moisturize and Skip Makeup

After you clean your face, moisturize it to create a barrier between your skin and the mask. Look for products with lighter consistency that will prevent your pores from clogging and skip wearing makeup. Also, always wear sunscreen over your moisturizer.

Find the Right Mask

The type of mask you choose can have an impact on your maskne. Disposable ones are the most breathable and least likely to cause breakouts. Non-disposable cloth ones retain more moisture and swear, which can lead to maskne. If you use reusable ones, make sure you wash them after each use.

Seek Professional Advice

If you notice things aren’t improving or are getting worse, book an appointment with a dermatologist. They can give you a prescription for something stronger than you’ll find over-the-counter to treat your breakouts.