Updated: Jan 12, 2021

To keep yourself and others safe we are all required to wear facial mask. I like, a lot of other people are suffering from MASK ACNE :(. This is a real problem. Dermatologist call it Maskne. Dermatologist for Loma Linda University Health explains this is not a new phenomenon, medical professionals who have to wear masks have had to deal with this skin condition for years.


The medical term for “maskne” is acne mechanica, a skin condition brought on by prolonged wear of facial personal protective equipment. Masks impose heat, friction, and occlusion on the skin and when combined with a moist environment from breathing, talking or sweating, this is a recipe for breakouts. Pores get clogged and can become pimples or acne cysts, add to that heat and sweat the end results is mask acne.

Acne isn’t the only skin condition reported by mask wearing, Here are some other skin problems that could occur.

* Allergic contact dermatitis– Some manufactured mask may contain a chemical that causes an allergic reaction. Formaldehyde and bronopol can be found in polypropylene surgical masks.

* Rosacea – Classically worsened by heat and stress, mask wearing can increase flares.


1. Wash your face everyday NO MATTER WHAT. Keeping your face clean is very important. Its your 1st line of defense. Use a gentle cleanser that is free of fragrance and oil. Find one that works best with your skin type. Washing your face regularly will prevent dirt and oil from being trapped on your skins surface, which will cause breakouts. Your face should always be clean before you put on your mask.

2. Apply a moisturizer. Not only will this keep your skin hydrated, it will also act as a barrier between your face and your mask. Apply moisturizer on clean skin before and after wearing your mask. Moisturizers that contain Hyaluronate acid works on all skin types also serums work wonderfully as a barrier for your skin. Avoid moisturizer that contain heavy oils and fragrances. These products tend to clog pores. Use oil free or oil control moisturizer. If your skin is dry try a night cream to help skin stay moisturized.

3. I’m a glamour girl from the nose up. I’m all in eyeshadow, eyeliner, lashes and eyebrows. But under the mask I keep it simple. My skin is oily and I get hormonal acne and now mask acne. So I keep it simple under the mask. No heavy foundation. That will cause a breakout.

4. Wash your mask. If wearing a cotton mask wash it after each time you use it. Dirt and oil get trapped in the material and can become a breeding ground for bacteria from your nose and mouth.

5. Choose a fragrance-free laundry soap. Fragrances can irritate your skin and skip the fabric softener.

6. If you are using any prescription skin care products make sure to use them at night. Retinols, salicylic, and benzoyl peroxide can make the skin sensitive and the mask can cause skin irritation.

If you're suffering from breakouts or if you have acne prone skin use a natural cleanser that has glycolic acid. Try our Glycolic Exfoliating Cleanser and our Glycolic Rejuvenating Serum. Both products are gentle but very effective treatments. This potent blend of botanical extract and glycolic acids help stimulate cell turnover. Enriched with natural vegan ingredients your skin will start to look and feel better over time. Using good products and getting into a good daily skin care routine is very important.

Renee Murfitt

Owner SweetPea & Bumblebee Beauty

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