Maskne Guide: What Is It and How To Prevent Acne Caused by Masks.

Masks have become an integral part of our lives now. If you think we are going to stop wearing masks anytime soon, it’s not happening. A major pro is, it takes out all the attention from our double chins. But the dreadful con of wearing masks, ACNE, is surely haunting all of us.

The Internet comes up with tonnes of jargons and it surely did for acne caused by masks – MASKNE. We know you must have a lot of questions like- what really causes maskne? can I prevent maskne? how can I prevent maskne? how to prevent maskne

Hold on and read this article,  you might get answers to your unasked questions too. 

What really maskne is?

We all understand the need of the hour is to wear masks whether we like them or not. Unfortunately, it brings along redness, irritation, spots & bumps around your chin, mouth and nose. It might not necessarily be as nasty as your typical pimples though.

Wearing a mask for a long time means the dead skin cells, oil, bacteria have nowhere else to go and make your pore their home, thus clogging your pores. The closed environment and humidity become a breeding ground for all the bacteria.

Another cause can be the friction rub between your face and the mask material.

People who have acne-prone skin or sensitive skin types are more prone to get maskne.

How to prevent maskne?

Before we get into how to CURE maskne we must know how to keep it at bay. Let’s start with the basics:

Take a mask break

Take a 15 min break from your mask every 4 hours, to give the breather your skin needs. 

Wash your mask

While you take care of washing your face, it is also very important to wash your fabric mask regularly and discard your disposable face mask after one use. Change your mask after regular intervals and we ensure your bacteria won’t stand a chance!

Skincare is your best friend

  • Choose a sulfate-free gentle cleanser to wash your face.

(Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water

Wishful Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub)

  • Use a non-heavy moisturizer 
Clinique Moisture Surge
  • Gently exfoliate or scrub your skin every week to kill some already dead skin cells


  • Don’t forget to wear sunscreen even if you are wearing a mask


How to treat maskne?

It’s essential to wear a mask even if you have acne. So here are some tips to treat maskne:

Wash your face

Rinse, rinse and rinse is the first basic step to prevent maskne.

Wash your face in the morning, at night and every time after you remove your mask.

Use lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser to wash your face.

Avoid scrubbing your face more than once a week as it can cause irritation. 

Use a suitable moisturizer

Using a moisturizer is an essential step. Non-Comedogenic moisturizer or one containing ceramides can be a major plus. It won’t clog your pores and help you soothe irritation and redness.  


COSRX Balancium Comfort Ceramide Cream


Opt for a gentle exfoliator and include it in your routine. Exfoliating your skin twice a week, it helps remove those dead skin cells and kills the bacteria.

Choose the right mask for you

Choose natural fabrics like cotton for your mask. Make sure it fits you properly, not too tight or loose. Breathable fabric reduces the chances of irritation.

Breakup with your makeup for a while

When you are curing maskne, taking a break from makeup really helps. Using makeup products clogs your pores and string out healing. Just ace your eye makeup game and you’re good to go!


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