You probably have heard of the term, maskne, pop up within the last three years. Now how did that term come about and what is it? Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve all been wearing masks for quite some time now, and with that fact, wearing masks can cause acne to form on your face. Now to answer the question about what is maskne. Maskne is essentially the words mask and acne combined, giving you the term maskne. Keep reading to learn more about the causes of maskne, tips to prevent it, and what products we recommend.

What Causes Maskne?

Like acne, maskne is the result of clogged pores. Wearing a reusable mask or a disposable mask can increase the build-up of oil, bacteria, and dead skin on your face as your mask traps humidity from you breathing into your mask. Another main cause is the friction of the mask rubbing against your face, which can also increase clogged pores.

Tips to Prevent Maskne

There are some simple tips to help prevent maskne and keep acne at bay:

  1. Make Sure to Wash Your Reusable Mask or Change Your Disposable Mask

    By washing your reusable mask, you are removing the build-up of bacteria sitting on your mask. If you haven’t been washing your reusable mask, start! It’s important to get rid of those unwanted bacteria, so the next time you put on your reusable mask, you won’t be clogging your pores! Changing your disposable face mask is the same concept. It will prevent your pores from getting clogged.

  2. Wash Your Face at Least Twice a Day

    When washing your face, make sure to use lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser to thoroughly cleanse your skin. Washing your face helps you get rid of bacteria and oil that is clogging your pores.

  3. Let Your Skin Breathe

    As wearing masks can sometimes make your face sweaty and increase the chances of bacteria build-up, it can result in clogged pores. If it is safe to do so, make sure to let your skin breathe for 10-15 minutes every couple of hours!

  4. Skip the Makeup

    As we all know, makeup can be a contributing factor that leads to clogged pores. Add a reusable mask or a disposable mask to the equation and you automatically increase your chances of having clogged pores. To ensure that you don’t clog your pores any further, try and avoid putting makeup on all together when wearing a mask.

Our Recommended Products for Maskne

Overall, wearing reusable or disposable masks can cause people to get acne. To prevent maskne, making sure you have a good skincare routine is important, especially if we’re all constantly wearing masks and will continue to do so for the next while. One of the few products we recommend is our Face Mask + Polish collection, consisting of four different mask options.

From our Face Mask + Polish collection, we highly recommend the Detox Face Mask + Polish as it consists of detoxifying properties. The main ingredients that will help with detoxifying your skin are black bean powder – which helps clear toxins from the body, activated charcoal – which detoxifies and helps remove oils and sebum from your pores, and orris root powder – which contains anti-inflammatory to reduce inflammation. And as usual, make sure to test the mask on a small patch of skin before applying directly on your whole face!