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How to prevent Maskne

2020 & 2021 has been a rollercoaster of emotions, right? And just when we think we’re coping, the world of skincare throws a maskne-shaped curveball our way. But what is maskne and how we can we prevent it?

Maskne, or acne mechanica if you like the technical term, is essentially a collection of blemishes that form in the areas your face covering touches your skin. And although it’s a relatively new term, many professionals from around the world have long struggled with the negative impact wearing a face covering can have on your skin.

What causes maskne?

With face coverings now mandatory in many parts of the world, you’re probably spending more time than ever wearing a face mask. And although face coverings can help slow down the spread of germs, they’re also the perfect breeding ground for breakouts, trapping sweat, oil and bacteria on your skin.

How to prevent maskne

Maskne may be super-annoying, but it’s also completely treatable. Here are 5 simple steps you can follow to help you achieve clearer skin.

1. Save make-up for mask-free days

The bonus of wearing something that covers half of your face is that you don’t have to worry so much about make-up. Keeping your skin clear of pore-clogging foundation and concealer will slow down the build-up of bacteria, oil and sweat that can get trapped on your skin.

Can’t go without? Try lightweight BB creams or make-up with blemish-fighting ingredients and try to avoid layering make-up around your mouth and chin area. Instead, focus on bringing out your eyes with gorgeous eyeshadows, eyeliners and volumising mascaras.

2. Cleanse twice a day

That’s morning and night, using a cleanser that suits your skin type. Cleansers containing soothing ingredients are perfect for those with skin that feels dry and irritated. Alternatively, if you struggle with oily/combination skin, look for a cleanser containing the ingredients such as salicylic acid . This spot-fighting wonder works by exfoliating the dead skin and keep pores clear. It's a perfect for cleansing face after a day of wearing your face cover.

Looking for an extra boost? Use a lightweight gel to double cleanse your skin. Ingredients such as micellar work to remove any remaining make-up, oil or bacteria so your skin is left feeling clean and fresh.

3. Keep your skin hydrated

Using a lightweight, oil-free moisturiser will help to repair your skin’s natural barrier and prevent dryness. If you’re really struggling with maskne, opt for a moisturiser with salicylic acid, eucalyptus extract or witch hazel. They’ll not only leave your skin calmer and reduce skin irritation.

4. Use targeted treatments

Sometimes the best way to get rid of a blemish is with a targeted treatment, spot treatment or serum. Such products can help to treat acne and reduce swelling and redness caused by blemishes.

5. Choose the right face covering for you

Just like your clothes, it’s important you wear a face covering that’s made from a natural material that allows the skin to breathe. Many disposable face covers are made from synthetics, such as nylon, which help ramp up the bacteria and oil build-up on your skin. Instead, look for reusable 100% cotton face coverings which will not only be kinder to your skin but the environment too.


With face coverings not going anywhere any time soon, we hope our skincare guide for maskne has you prepped and ready to fight any blemishes that decide to raise their ugly heads!

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