5 Ways to Fight Maskne
“Maskne” is a term coined specifically for acne caused by wearing masks. While it may not be 100% preventable, there are a few things you can do to lessen it.
Stop wearing foundation under your mask.
Y’all. This is a huge no-no!! First of all, no one can see that area of your face anyway. Secondly, the mask is just rubbing your foundation into your pores and creating congestion. I’ve always been a less-is-more person when it comes to foundation, but seriously, no benefit comes from wearing foundation under your mask.
Be mindful of what fabric your mask is made of.
Your mask is on your face all day long, so try choosing a fabric that’s soft. Cotton, microfiber, etc.
Avoid washing your mask with irritating detergents or overly-fragrant soap.
If you normally throw your masks in with your laundry, try switching to a fragrance-free detergent. Fragrances can be extremely irritating to the skin, and wearing a mask that’s been washed in a highly-fragranced detergent can cause breakouts. To avoid switching detergents, simply hand-wash your masks with anti-bacterial unscented soap.
If possible, change your mask every 4-6 hours.
If you’re sweating a lot under your mask during the day, or you’re naturally oily, it’ll be beneficial to change your mask every few hours during the day to prevent buildup of oil, sweat and sebum. Walgreens sells black cotton face masks that I literally recommend to everyone. $9 bucks for a pack of 3. Just carry them with you and wash them all when you get home at night. I recommend hang-drying the cotton masks so they don’t shrink.
Wash your face as soon as you get home, and absolutely moisturize.
As soon as you get home, it’s best practice to go ahead and cleanse. Remove all the bacteria and ick before you relax for the evening. Follow up with moisturizer, as you always should, but especially since your skin will most likely be irritated from wearing fabric over it all day.