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Maskne: How To Treat + Prevent Breakouts Caused By Your Face Mask

Easily treat and prevent ‘maskne’ with skincare solutions and mindful beauty habits to keep your skin clear and comforted.

Updated October 20, 2020 by Amanda Dixon

Maskne: How To Treat + Prevent Breakouts Caused By Your Face Mask

‘The new normal’ is a phrase we’ve been hearing a lot lately. In an effort to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy in the midst of a pandemic, our routines have completely changed. Practicing ‘social distancing,’ avoiding crowds, and (of course) wearing a face mask or face covering has become common practice for many. But blemishes, breakouts, and irritation caused from wearing a face mask—termed ‘maskne’—has become a pesky problem for many. 

The medical term for ‘maskne’ is acne mechanica, a skin condition brought on by prolonged wear of a facial covering or PPE. Heat, friction, sweat, and a lack of fresh air can lead to clogged pores resulting in acne, blemishes, and even itching or irritation. Luckily, you can easily treat and prevent ‘maskne’ with skincare solutions and mindful beauty habits to keep your skin clear and comforted.

Superior Cleansing

Washing your face is one of the most important rituals in your beauty routine. So don’t underestimate the power of a fantastic face wash. Holifrog Shasta AHA Refining Acid Wash is packed with nutrient rich ingredients to purify and rebalance skin. The non-foaming, cleansing serum contains zero fillers and no unnecessary ingredients—only vitamins, antioxidants, gentle exfoliators, and plant extracts to cleanse, replenish, and revitalize skin. 

Holifrog Face Wash

Healthy Hydration

The best way to avoid breakouts while wearing a mask is to avoid heavy makeup whenever you can and opt for nourishing skincare instead. Try Origins Clear Improvement™ Pore Clearing Moisturizer with Bamboo Charcoal for soft, hydrated skin that never feels greasy on skin. The oil-free cream formula delivers all-day moisture while 1% salicylic acid and bamboo charcoal gently exfoliate and unclog pores. Skin feels refreshed and comforted while looking healthy and bright. 


Face Coverings for Clearer Skin

Let’s face it—there are dozens of options out there right now, but not all face masks are created equal. Harsh fabrics like cotton can absorb essential hydration leaving skin dry and irritated. These fabrics can become dirty with sweat, makeup, and dust resulting in clogged pores. Slip® Re-Usable Face Coverings are made with the highest-quality Slipsilk™ fabric for amazing softness and comfort. Each mask is customizable with adjustable elastic ear-loops, nose wires, and a 100% cotton inner lining for protection. Even better? This mask comes in a variety of colors and patterns to match your unique style.

Slip Silk Face Covering

Pro Tip: Use Slip® Gentle Silk Wash to gently remove impurities from your reusable face coverings and masks. The hypoallergenic formula won’t irritate sensitive skin and keeps fabrics ultra-soft.

Revitalizing Nighttime Skincare

Evening is the perfect time to rest, rejuvenate, and revitalize your skin after a long day of wearing a face covering or PPE. We love Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil for its unique ability to hydrate, soothe, and detoxify all in one. A unique blend of cumin, licorice, chamomile, and neroli instantly soothes irritation and calms redness. Purifying tea tree oil helps to clear pores and prevent future breakouts for calmer, softer, brighter-looking skin each morning. 

U.F.O. Sunday Riley

Supplement Support

Fight ‘maskne’ from the inside out with HUM Nutrition Glow Sweet Glow. These delicious, orange-flavored vegan gummy supplements are packed with skin-loving ingredients for a balanced, radiant complexion. These sweet gummies are formulated with low molecular hyaluronic acid that is easy for your body to absorb, ensuring skin stays moisturized and comfortable throughout the day. Powerful vitamin C from amla fruit and vitamin E create a protective barrier so skin looks healthy and glowing—even under a mask, for now.

HUM Nutrition

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