Dealing with mask-associated acne or “maskne”? Wearing a mask can be hard on your skin. Here are some skin care tips to help prevent your mask from causing skin problems.
1. Cleanse and moisturize you face daily with a mild gentle cleanser. We love Cerave foaming facial cleanser. If you would like a mild exfoliating cleanser, we love our DDP Exfoliating Cleanser!
2. Avoid wearing makeup when wearing a mask. It will lead to clogged pores and pesky breakouts. Try a tinted mineral sunscreen like Elta Elements instead to protect your skin while giving you a little color.
3. Stick to a few essential skin care products and avoid putting too many products on your face. Essentials include a vitamin C serum or lotion, a mineral sunscreen, and a retinoid or other collagen booster at night. Avoid leave on products with active ingredients such as retinoids or salicylic acid under a mask.
4. Find the right mask for your face. Select a mask with a soft lining that is comfortable and snug but not too tight.
5. When it is safe to do so, and after washing your hands, try to take 10-15 minute mask breaks every few hours.
6. Wash your cloth masks frequently with gentle soap or detergent.
7. If you have acne, rosacea, or another skin condition, continue to follow the treatment plan your dermatologist designed for you.
Make an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist to help clear up your mask-associated acne today!