How to Deal With Maskne

The world has adjusted to wearing face masks everywhere during the Covid-19 pandemic. If you’re like me, constant use of them in public has resulted in “maskne,” otherwise known as unwanted acne and breakouts around your nose and mouth. Here are some tips I found helpful to avoid and handle any annoying mask-related breakouts. 


Tip #1: Be cautious of reusing masks. 

Wearing the same mask builds up dirt and oil that will end up irritating your skin. It is better to dispose of the surgical ones or wash your cotton ones after each use. 

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Tip #2: Don’t wear makeup under the mask. 

Makeup from your eyes up is okay, but under your mask, mixed with humidity and bacteria, it can clog your pores and cause unwanted breakouts. Plus, no one will see your makeup anyways, so there is no harm in not applying any. 

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Tip #3: Wash and cleanse your face each night. 

After a long day of studying and attending classes with a mask on, washing and cleansing your face with warm water will help get rid of all the bacteria, dirt, and oil on your face. I recommend the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. It is fragrance-free, great for sensitive skin, and does a nice job of cleaning your face at the end of the day. 

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Tip #4: Put on a (skincare) face mask. 

If you already have acne from wearing a mask, establishing a skincare routine and using a face mask 1-2 times per week can help unclog your pores and prevent those breakouts from getting worse. There are many great and affordable ones to use, so find one that is best for your skin type and concerns. Your skin will thank you!

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Tip #5: Moisturize. 

No matter your skin type, it is important to keep your skin hydrated. I suggest applying a lightweight moisturizer, so that your skin doesn’t feel heavy with a mask on. Moisturizing also creates a small barrier between the mask and your skin that can stop unnecessary bacteria from causing acne. 

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Be sure to take care of yourself and your skin during these unprecedented times…and remember, Friars protect Friars, so wear a mask! 

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