No matter where you stand on the mask mandate, masks are still going to be around for the foreseeable future. The worst part of them are the subsequent breakouts.
These breakouts have been coined as ‘maskne.’
maskne (mɑːsknɪ)- acne and other facial breakouts that arise from regular use of facial masks traditionally worn by medical professionals.
Since I wear a mask almost everyday, I’ve found out what works best for my skin. My skin is typically oily, which isn’t a great mix with the extra mask moisture. But by sticking with a skincare routine and taking precautionary steps, my face has been clearer than ever.
Here’s the products and tips that have protected my face from maskne and might help you too.
Skin Care Routine | Eclectic Serenity Skincare Products
Remember when I went and got reiki done a few weeks ago (and again recently)? Well, Kiersten at Eclectic Serenity, also makes skin care products.
My face has drastically gotten clearer and smoother after using these products. Besides that, I love actually being able to pronounce everything that’s actually going on my face.
I cleanse and tone twice a day and use the serum once a day. She also makes makeup wipes. They take all my makeup wipe in one cotton disc.
The ingredients in the products are easy on my skin and still make a huge impact. They smell amazing too.
They’re locally (to me) made in Uhrichsville, OH and she ships!
Although I’d love for you to try Eclectic Serenity’s products, a skincare routine is a must to protect against maskne. Make sure to cleanse and tone, especially at the end of the day.
Less Face Makeup
Working away from home the last few months has forced me to do my makeup again. Yet, half of everyone’s face is covered by masks.
The solution I’ve found with masks and makeup is to stop wearing face makeup. Well, at least on the bottom half of my face. It might look a little silly, but just focusing on what people see or not wearing it at all has worked so far.
It feels like the combo of makeup and mask helps clog pores. If we have to have one, the other goes.
I feel like this has helped my face stay clear and keep money in my pocket.
Masks with Good Material
What you put on your skin matters. Purchasing and wearing masks that are made of quality fabric will do wonders for you skin.
One of the best types of fabric to keep maskne away is cotton. I’ve bought reusable masks from the start, but fell in love with this listing on Etsy. They’re stylish and just feel light on your face. It didn’t take long to ship either. PLUS, they’re good for the environment, which is so important to me.
I know a lot of people wear disposable masks, so the key here is to not wear just one all the time. Make sure you’re using new masks so you have a clean slate.
This year, I got two big humidifiers. I mostly got them to keep my plants healthy this winter, but they’re really good for your skin too. Humidifiers keep the air humid and not dry, that helps keep your skin nice and moisturized.
So, when I’m home and not wearing a mask, it helps a lot.
They also make the air you breathe better too. Just overall a ton of benefits for having humidifiers in your home. I like bedside ones to keep on at night!
Honestly, this one sounds so simple, but I think sending out a reminder is good for everyone!
If you wear reusable masks, they need cleaned and refreshed often. It’s nice to have a few masks to rotate through. Most are machine washable and can either be thrown in the dryer or air dried.
Honestly, I like drying mine in the dryer. Masks can stretch out, so getting them a little smaller helps the fit!
Obviously, clean masks help keep your face clean. That ultimately helps you fight maskne.
Even though I’ve gotten a little maskne here and there, this fall and winter I’ve definitely found what works best for me.
What have been your tips and tricks to prevent maskne?