Maskne? Yup. It’s a thing.
Mask acne, or acne mechanic for those of us who want to get clinical. Triggered by the irritation of a mask rubbing against your skin, maskne is yet another reason to stick with a gentle, yet effective skincare routine specifically designed for acne-prone skin.
You’re masking up to protect your health and the health of everyone in your community. But what about your acne-prone face? Can your skin be impacted by wearing a mask? Unfortunately, yes. Irritation from mask-wearing can cause redness, dry patches, or dark spots. When skin is already sensitive or inflamed with active acne, even short-term mask usage can add irritation and lead to more clogged pores. Additionally, warm moisture buildup under the mask could cause pores to clog and bacteria to grow, which may lead to pimples even if you have your typical hormonal acne breakouts under control.
So, what was once primarily a skin-related issue for healthcare workers has come to the forefront of general consciousness with everyone from Esquire to Instyle to evening news anchors talking about 2020 being the Summer of Maskne.