Maskne is the term given to an outbreak of acne or irritation on the face, generally focused around the mouth and nose area, as a result of wearing a face mask for an extended period of time.
Wearing a face mask or face covering for short periods of time likely won’t cause too much irritation, but longer-term use, either due to environmental or health care factors can lead to this condition becoming more prominent, particularly in those with blemish-prone skin.
How can I prevent it?
The golden rules are; avoid synthetic fabrics, a breathable natural cotton is best, non breathable fabrics are a breeding ground for sweat and bacteria. choose a face covering that fits properly, not too tight or too loose, as this can cause the skin further irritation or spread to unaffected areas.
Ensure your face covering is changed and/or washed regularly, and always placed on a clean face ideally makeup free.
How can I treat it?
It is important to let your skin breath so only wear your face covering when required. If your face covering becomes damp change it. If you are opting for reusable make sure you clean it regular and wear a fresh one each day. As well as keeping your face covering clean you should ensure your skin is thoroughly cleansed, Our Bubble Purifying + Charcoal mask deep dives into pores and lifts away dirt, bacteria and impurities. To treat an existing breakout or one that’s on the way use our Spots + Blemish face sheet mask, packed with Tea tree and Salicylic Acid help cleanse the skin’s pores and clear spots. Witch hazel assists in tightening pores. These ingredients remove pore-clogging oil, reduce shine and redness without over drying, helping to maintain a healthy and clear complexion