6 Top Tips For Dealing With Maskne

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Ellen is a skincare and beauty blogger from Devon who loves finding affordable products and providing skincare advice (hence the tips on maskne). You can find her links at the bottom of the post.

Since face masks have become mandatory for many public spaces, a lot of us have been suffering from “maskne” – acne, or breakouts, caused by wearing a mask.

It’s a pretty annoying thing to happen, especially for people who try to take good care of their skin, although definitely worth it in the long run when helping keep yourself and others safe!

Luckily, there are a few tips that can help to prevent skin conditions associated with wearing a mask!

Why Does Maskne Occur?

Acne is caused from wearing a mask for some people due to how hot and humid it gets within the mask from breathing and talking. Because it’s so humid inside the mask, bacteria can develop and can cause breakouts.

Friction from the mask can also cause other skin problems, like irritation or dry skin. Normally, dead skin or dirt would shed throughout the day, but because masks trap these dead skin cells on your face, it can clog up pores and cause all sorts of lumps and bumps to develop.

It is always better to try and prevent a problem before it becomes a huge issue that needs treatment. There are a few ways you can prevent maskne:

Gently Cleanse Twice a Day

It’s more important than ever to cleanse your skin – clean skin is less likely to cause problems. You’ll want a gentle cleanser, as exfoliating too much can cause irritation, which will be made worse by wearing a mask.

If you have oily or acne prone skin, then a foam or gel cleanser with salicylic acid in is perfect for unblocking pores. For dry skin types, a cream cleanser is best.

Keep Your Skin Hydrated

Hyaluronic acid is your best friend at this time. Keeping your skin well moisturised helps to promote skin repair and prevents skin from drying out under your mask.

Try to Avoid Makeup Under the Mask

Wearing makeup under a mask massively increases the risk of maskne, as it can clog up your pores when trapped under the mask. Now is the time to really focus on some incredible eye makeup looks and perfect that eyeshadow blend!

Wash Your Mask Every Day

A reusable cotton mask is the best thing for your skin, but it is integral that you wash the mask every day that you use it, as repeatedly putting on a used mask is bound to lead to skincare problems.

It can be hand washed or machine washed with other washing.

Make Sure Your Mask Fits

If your mask doesn’t fit right, it’s more likely to move around your face, which causes friction. This friction can contribute to maskne problems, as well as causing irritation.

Treating Maskne

If you’ve got mask acne, then you’ll want to clean your skin with gentle products and avoid harsh exfoliation as you want to stop further irritation.

Salicylic acid gently exfoliates, breaks down dead skin cells and unclogs pores, so this is the best bet for mask acne.

Follow the above prevention tips to help keep the skin in good condition while it recovers.

Have you had any problems with maskne, or mask-related skincare issues, over the past few months? If you have any tips for dealing with mask acne, then please share them in the comments below!

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Thanks to Ellen and thank you all for reading,

Han xx


  1. These are fantastic tips! I’ve found that my (usually oily) skin has become dry from wearing a mask, so I’ve had to mix and match my skincare products to make it happy.

    Thanks for a great post 🙂

    Em x

  2. Maskne is such a problem now for so many people and I loved reading these tips on how to combat it! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

  3. How very useful! Definitely having some maskne issues, it’s nice to have some advice on how to fix it.

  4. This is sooo useful especially during this time! Masks are compulsory where I live and maskne is such a big problem for me, and it has been for the past 4 months – I am now on Accutane and I feel like wearing masks started the massive outbreaks.

    🌿 Marissa Belle × marsybun.com 🌿

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