Mascne: What It Is and How To Fight It

There are two types of people in the world: those gifted with flawless, glowing skin and the rest of us who just dream of a day where we wake up without a red bump on our face. But these days, it seems many of us, regardless of the state of our faces pre–pandemic, have been facing a new skin care dilemma, namely the dreaded mascne.

Mascne is a pretty self–explanatory concept, its acne caused by continuously wearing a face mask or other facial covering. Now before anyone decides to take this as a cue to not wear a mask, it certainly is not. While the extreme breakouts caused by the change in lifestyle under COVID–19 restrictions may be frustrating, there are many products and practices that you can incorporate into your daily routine to assist and address this issue.

There are a number of factors that cause the dreaded mascne to arise. It can be caused by irritation from wearing your mask, not washing your mask often, a negative reaction to the materials in the mask, or even from washing your mask with a harsh detergent. Frequent mask wearing can also cause pores to clog up, which can result in even more breakouts.

As frustrating as mask–related breakouts can be, there are several ways that you can fend off those pesky red bumps. If you feel like your skin has been getting worse because of mask wearing, don't be disheartened. There are several skincare products and other non-medicinal interventions that are recommended to treat breakouts and mascne.

1. Wear a 100% cotton mask. This material is easy to wash and allows your skin to breathe–while still protecting those around you.

2. Avoid putting makeup on the lower half of your face.

3. Keep your skin moisturized.

4. Avoid over–exfoliation.

5. Wash your face prior to putting on your mask, and again when taking it off.

With these tips in mind, and a little patience, you can overcome the mascne crisis, if however, you are experiencing long term acne, or the breakout is becoming more problematic, it is best to consult with a specialist dermatologist to get some professional advice and treatment.