How to Avoid Maskne | Breakouts Caused By Face Coverings

How to Avoid Maskne | Breakouts Caused By Face Coverings

We know how important it is to continue wearing masks or face coverings out in public, even when it causes uncomfortable breakouts. But how can we stop 'maskne'?


What is Maskne?

Maskne is breakouts caused by wearing masks or face coverings. (mask + acne = maskne, even though technically these breakouts aren't acne!)

Dermalotologist Amy Kassouf explains that Maskne "has always been an issue in professions wher you have to wear a mask regularly, but now that the general public has to wear masks, the incidence of it has certainly increased"


Who Gets Maskne?


Anyone can be effected by 'maskne' or breakouts, but it is more likely to occur if you suffer from regular breakouts or acne already, have sensitive skin, allergies or rosacea. The longer and more regularly you are required to wear a face covering, the more likely it is that you will break out around this area.


What Causes Maskne?


Maskne is mainly caused by the consistent rubbing or friction of the mask against your face. This weakens the skin in this area, meaning it is much easier for dirt to cause clogged pores and eventually breakouts. Breathing into a mask also creates an uncomfortably damp environment for your skin, causing a build up of sweat, oil and bad bacteria. It is no wonder this all leads to breakouts, really!


How Can I Avoid Maskne?


Of course, breakouts or not, it is still so important to wear a face covering to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Here are some top tips on what you can do to reduce your chances of maskne.


  1. Wear less make up on the bottom half of your face. Nobody can see it under your mask anyway! Focus more on gorgeous eye looks and less on lipstick and foundation.
  2. Double cleanse after wearing your mask to remove any build up of dirt and oils. 
  3. Exfoliate regularly - but don't overdo it. Use a gentle exfoliant and avoid harsh scrubs.
  4. Build up your skins barrier with specific barrier enhancing products. Dermalogica have a great range of these.
  5. Consider a reusable fabric mask rather than a plastic or paper one. These are much softer on the skin.
  6. If you are using a fabric mask, make sure that you are washing it after every use at least 60 degrees. You should be washing your mask anyway to ensure it is safe to use, but also to keep your face clean.
  7. Remember to take some time to relax in the evenings. The combination of wearing a face covering alongside increased levels of stress is a huge no-no for your skin. 


Products to Help Maskne


DERMALOGICA BARRIER REPAIR | Moisturiser for Sensitive Skin


This velvety Dermalogica moisturiser helps fortify sensitised skin with a damaged barrier. Use this unique anhydrous (waterless) moisturiser after toning to help shield against environmental and internal triggers that cause skin stress. 




This unique mist-all-over purifying toner controls excess oils and helps eliminate breakouts on the face and body. Refreshing extracts help cool and revive skin.


SKIN & TONIC GENTLE SCRUB | Face Scrub for Sensitive Skin



Gentle enough to use a couple of times a week and suitable for all skin types, this Skin & Tonic Gentle Scrub will draw out impurities and remove dead skin cells, leaving skin polished, radiant and clear. 



What to Remember

If you are suffering with Maskne, remember that you are not alone, however this is NOT a reason to stop wearing your face mask in public. It is an essential in stopping the spread of COVID-19.