Maskne is a real thing- How to fight it

As the name suggests, maskne is a type of breakout that results from wearing a face mask. Face masks can cause irritation by either physically rubbing against the skin causing damage to the skin’s protective barrier, or by trapping moisture, which can cause acne. This unfortunate side effect could show up as pimples, redness, or irritation around your skin covered by a mask. But this is no excuse to skip wearing mask especially when the Covid-19 cases are increasing (again). Instead let’s fight maskne & wear face masks for everyone’s safety!

Here are a few easy ways to keep your skin healthy under the mask!

Consider the type of your mask

If you are wearing a cotton mask wash it after each use as it contains dirt, skin oil & bacteria from your nose and mouth. If you are wearing a disposable mask, try to replace it as often as possible or allow it to air out in between uses. 

Go easy on your makeup routine

Wearing too many products under the mask can cause a build up on the skin. This is especially true if you work out in your mask. Look for the terms “non comedogenic” and “oil free” on the product to reduce the chances of an outbreak & allow your skin to breathe.

Wash your face regularly

Use a gentle cleanser that is free of fragrance and oil. This prevents dirt and oil from being trapped in the skin, which is the main cause of breakouts. Make sure your face is clean before you put on your mask. In addition to your twice-daily washing, another important step in your skincare routine that can help maskne is an exfoliating cleanser.

Use a moisturizer

Apply a moisturizer or hydration after washing, look for products with hyaluronic acid. Opt for more lightweight water-based products underneath the mask. Lightweight moisturiser can also act as an additional protective barrier and prevent chafing.


If you’re already experiencing a crop of mask-related pimples, you can use a spot treatment. Spot treatments are great for pimples because they deliver a powerful dose of active ingredients typically salicylic acid, zinc, or benzoyl peroxide.