Since the outbreak of Covid-19, face masks have become a part of everyday life. And though they do play a vital role in stopping the spread of the virus, a very unwelcome side effect of wearing face masks day in and day out is "maskne"—the acne and breakouts caused by wearing a mask for prolonged periods of time. While in the grand scheme of things a few pimples may not be a big deal, maskne doesn’t do wonders for one’s self esteem, so we're offering some advice on how to treat it.
We’ve already explained what causes maskne and tips on how to prevent it, but if you're struggling with breakouts, these product recommendations and treatments can help.
Face masks may not be going anywhere anytime soon, but hopefully your maskne will.
1. Wash your mask
It may sound obvious, but if you're wearing a re-usable mask, make sure to wash it every day to eliminate bacteria build-up.
Skincare expert, aesthetic nurse injector and registered nurse Kristina Kitsos, explains that "you can wash [your face mask] in the sink by hand and have it dry out for the next day. Any shampoo or mild detergent will work and make a huge difference.”
If you're using medical masks, be sure to not re-use these and wear a clean one every day.