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How to Treat and Prevent Mask Acne (AKA Mascne)

Mascne: This condition occurs when sweat and bacteria get trapped on the skin after wearing a mask. Continuously wearing a face mask can worsen acne by rubbing against the skin, causing damages to the protective layer, or trapping moisture.

The main difference between mask acne and other types is that it only affects the areas where the mask sits against the skin. According to medical experts, there are normal amounts of bacteria that live on the skin. However, if the pores become clogged after exposure to excess moisture and sweat when wearing a mask, the organisms will overgrow and cause pimples.

Studies have shown that the number of cases tends to increase significantly during the summer due to humid weather during the season. When you breathe under your mask, moisture is produced. If it combines with skin oils, products, and sweat, the pores may get clogged. Additionally, the friction that occurs while wearing a mask can also cause the breakdown of the skin.

Unlike what many people think, the cold and dry weather during the winter doesn’t mean you cannot suffer from mascne. The only difference is how it occurs. According to dermatologists, if your mask rubs against the dry skin, the hair follicles are likely to break down, attracting acne-causing bacteria into the skin.

Tips to Prevent Mask Acne

Fortunately, mask acne is preventable. The following are some of the things you can do to prevent mask acne:

Wear a Clean Mask

Look for a breathable and moisture-wicking fabric that cannot harm your skin’s protective layer. One of the reasons why people experience the medical condition is using the wrong fabric for their skin or reusing a dirty mask.

Wash Your Face Using Gentle Products

Your mask can block the skin follicles and trap dust and other contaminants. If that happens, you will notice breakouts around the mouth and nose. This explains why cleansing the skin is a crucial task. Ensure you clean your face daily and avoid using harsh soaps. If you have questions about which products to use, consult with our skincare experts or browse our skincare shop.

Treatment for Mask Acne

If the skin condition persists or worsens with time, contact a dermatologist as soon as possible for a diagnosis. By doing so, they will recommend some of the best treatment options for the condition. The following are some of the most common products used to treat the problem:

Epionce Purifying Wash and Spot Gel

Many facial washes can be too drying or not cleansing enough for acne-prone skin.  However, Epionce Purifying Wash is specifically formulated for cleansing acne-prone skin on both the face and body without dryness or irritation.  Its cleansing gel is formulated for daily use and penetrates pores to control acne blemishes and helps prevent new acne blemishes from forming.  Use with Epionce’s Purifying Spot Gel to target stubborn breakouts.

Facial Toners

If your cleanser is not effective on its own, consider trying these products. It is an effective solution for dry, flakey patches. The toners can also shorten the lifespan of the pimples.

Apply Non-Comedogenic Moisturizer

If a skincare product is non-comedogenic, it means that it cannot cause the clogging of the pores. Consider using such products right away, especially if you are already acne-prone. When applied, the moisturizers form a barrier between the skin and the mask.

Try a Chemical Peel

Chemical peels are completed by applying a topical solution to the skin, which removes dead skin cells and resurfaces the skin. For this reason, chemical peels can be a great option to treat acne! Chemical peels are a versatile treatment, with options ranging from superficial to deep peels depending on the degree of change you’re looking for and the specific concerns you wish to treat. Our specialists can help choose the correct peel option for you to achieve clear, healthy, beautiful skin.

Harmony AFT

Harmony AFT is an advanced type of IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment that rejuvenates the skin. During an IPL treatment, the skin is exposed to light energy, which damages pigmented cells so the body naturally removes them. This is an effective treatment for facial redness caused by acne as well as scarring, wrinkles, or sun damage.

Schedule an Appointment

If you notice any signs of mask acne, you can seek professional treatment or advice from our experts. Wisconsin Vein Center and MediSpa has an experienced team of professionals who can help to restore your healthy skin. The facility uses state-of-the-art technology to improve the patient experience. To get started, request your appointment online.

Owner / On-Site Medical Director at Wisconsin Vein Center & MediSpa | Website

Dr. Deborah Manjoney is a board-certified surgeon and physician with extensive training, including cardiothoracic surgery. She founded the Wisconsin Vein Center & MediSpa in 2002, where she specializes in vein treatments and minimally invasive aesthetic procedures. Dr. Manjoney is nationally recognized, having spoken at conferences, received awards, and contributed to medical publications.