If maskne doesn’t make its way into Merriam-Webster soon, we’ll be shocked. Maskne is a common term used to describe the breakouts and acne that occur due to wearing a mask for extended periods of time. This condition can be caused by the accumulation of sweat, oil, and bacteria under the mask, leading to clogged pores and skin irritation. Some masks can create the perfect setting for bacteria to flourish; allowing blemishes and pimples to pop up.
Its cure, however, has proved a bit more complicated. Search “how to clear up maskne” on Google, and you’ll be met with approximately 297,000 results. Can you say overwhelming?
Thankfully, we’ve cracked the code to leaving maskne behind you. All it takes is a three step skin care routine:
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Here's a summary of skincare tips to help prevent maskne:
Cleanse your skin regularly, especially before wearing a mask.
Use non-comedogenic and oil-free products.
Choose breathable masks and change them frequently.
Apply a thin layer of a spot treatment containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
Moisturize your skin with a light, water-based moisturizer.
Avoid touching your face and mask.
Practice good skincare habits like drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep and eating a healthy diet.