Maskne or acne mechanica, is a skin condition brought on by prolonged wear of facial masks. Wearing a facial mask for prolonged periods of time can cause clogged pores that become pimples or acne cysts due to heat, friction and occlusion on the skin. Developing dry skin and itching is also common after wearing a facial mask.
Here are a few stops you can take to prevent maskne:
- Cleanse and moisturize your face twice daily with mild fragrance free cleanser and moisturizer.
- Protect your lips by applying petroleum jelly
- Skip the makeup when wearing a mask
- Use the right mask: soft, comfortable, breathable fabric, that fits snug, not tight
- Wash your cloth masks with each use
Here are a few steps you can take to treat maskne:
- Washing your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser
- Apply an oil free moisturizer for your skin type after washing your face
- NO picking, poking, popping pimples!
- NO touching or leaning your hands on your face
- Avoid sugary foods and eat more fruits, veggies and whole grains.
- Wear sunscreen daily to protect your skin from UV rays
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine
- Drink 8 glasses of water daily
- SLEEP – aim for 7-9 hours a night
- Avoid stress (yoga, mediate, self-care)
- Exercise (30 minutes daily)
Still having trouble after all of these suggestions? Set up an appointment with a dermatology provider for evaluation and treatment.
Gina C. Bird MPAS, PA-C
Christie Clinic Department of Dermatology