I’ve seen a big increase in traffic to my cause of cystic acne post since we all started wearing face masks more often. I’m guessing, however, that more of us are suffering from mask acne than cystic acne this year.
Why is Maskne a Thing?
If you’ve had an increase in breakouts and acne since about March, you’re probably suffering from “Maskne.”
Under your mask, your skin can’t breathe and the only way it can rid itself of toxins is through breaking out.
How to Fix Mask Acne?
First, clean your mask. Most cotton masks are washable, so get to it and do it regularly. You might also consider a different type of mask.
On a similar note, my mask had a label that continuously gave me a zit in the exact same spot over and over again. Once I cut the tag, my issue went away!!
Second, be sure to clean your face morning and night with a least a gentle cleanser, toner, and cream. You can also try gentle exfoliants. A few recommendations are below.
If you’re out and about a lot wearing your mask, you’ll want to consider a toning spray to apply every time you take off your mask. This will help calm the oiliness your skin creates to try to push out dirt and gunk.