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How to Say Goodbye to Your Maskne

If the stress of school and the pandemic isn’t making you breakout, I’m sure your mask might be. Maskne is a struggle, to say the least, and for the foreseeable future, masks are here to stay. Here are some tips that will help you reduce your maskne:

1. Find the right mask

Finding the right mask is essential. A mask that is too tight will create friction on your skin. On the other hand, a mask too loose won’t protect yourself or others from COVID-19. Many people wear surgical masks due to convenience, however, it’s best to save those for hospitals and essential workers. Instead, opt for a homemade mask! I love my 100% cotton masks — they are so breathable, soft on the skin and are better for the environment.


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2. Wash your mask 

If you’re like me, you always wear reusable masks. I have to admit, I am guilty of wearing my mask for days without washing it. Unfortunately, that is the perfect storm for a breakout. Throughout the day, so much sweat, makeup and oil can build up under your mask. In order to keep your skin clean and fresh, you should wash your masks after each use. Try to use a fragrance-free laundry detergent to decrease any chance of irritation!

3. Lighten up the makeup

Opt for a lighter foundation, or better yet, no makeup at all. Makeup and masks are totally not friends. Your mask will trap your makeup and clog your pores! Keeping your pores clean is crucial to under-the-mask skincare.

4. Cleanse your face

Always put your mask on a clean face! Use a gentle cleanser that is fragrance-free and oil-free to avoid breakouts. It is also so important to cleanse your skin after wearing your mask all day. Something that has helped me is incorporating salicylic acid into my skincare routine. It helps to exfoliate your skin and unclog those pores. If it’s part of our routine to wash our hands, why not wash our face too? Say goodbye to all that bacteria!

woman standing in front of a mirror applying cream
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5. Moisturize

If you’re not already on the moisturizing train, it’s time to hop on board. Not only does moisturizing hydrate your skin and prevent wrinkles, but it also creates a barrier between your skin and your mask. A mild fragrance-free lotion is key to reducing friction, redness, and inflammation.


woman applying lotion
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6. Relax

I know, easier said than done, right? But seriously, take time for yourself every morning and night. Try to incorporate some self-care to help relax and unwind. Decreasing your stress levels will help control your breakouts, not to mention it will improve your mental and physical health. 

If you adopt these tips into your routine, your skin will be looking clear and glowy this summer! Keep wearing your mask and keep taking care of your skin!

Chloe Davis

Illinois '24

Hi! My name is Chloe and I am a Sophomore at UIUC studying Advertising.
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