How to Prevent Mask-Wearing From Ruining Your Skin

Is wearing a mask second-nature to you now? What might not be second-nature are the breakouts happening on the lower half of your face since you started wearing one. Thanks, mascne! With masks staying in our daily wardrobe for the foreseeable future, you should know what you can do to prevent those pesky acne breakouts from happening, and what you can do to treat acne if it surfaces. 

Preventing Mascne

You know how you’re supposed to regularly wash your sheets, towels, and anything coming in regular contact with your skin to help keep it clear? Go ahead and add masks to that laundry day, too. If you wear a reusable mask, it’s recommended that you wash it after every use, or at least every couple of wears. Regular washing removes dirt and oil buildup, which in turn will keep these skin cloggers from making extended contact with your face.  

It’s best to leave the “heavy” skin care products and makeup off your daily routine when wearing a mask. With reduced airflow to the skin, any additional barriers to your pores being able to breathe will just expedite acne formation. 

Treating Mascne 

If acne does begin to flare up on your cheeks and jaw, don’t stop wearing your mask! Look for products to treat your acne that are lightweight or use common over-the-counter ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. (If you use a product with benzoyl peroxide, check to see if it will discolor the fabric of your mask.) 

However, keep in mind that everyone’s acne is different! If basic acne treatments don’t seem to be working, it may be time to call your dermatologist. They can work with you to prescribe something that will address the acne breakout. If you don’t have a dermatologist, find a list of our Sebacia certified dermatologists here:

Another option for treating persistent acne breakouts is the Sebacia Acne Treatment. This acne treatment uses Sebacia Gold Microparticles that are massaged into your skin, placing our treatment into your skin’s pores to reach the sebaceous gland. This is where oil is produced and acne is created. The Sebacia Acne Treatment uses a laser to heat the Gold Microparticles and deliver their skin-changing effects to your skin. Once you complete three Sebacia treatment sessions, results should be visible within the first 2-3 months, and we have seen patients with results that last up to 24 months 1. And the best part? You can comfortably continue to wear your mask after treatment, as skin irritation is kept to a minimum. Your dermatologist may want to use Sebacia in combination with other treatments to make sure you get the best results for your skin.

Tips for Keeping Mascne At Bay Long-Term

After treating any acne flare-ups that occur, it is important to be diligent about caring for your skin while wearing your mask. There are so many mask options available now that offer both comfort and protection. Be sure to pick a mask that lets your skin breathe. Non-synthetic fabrics like cotton and silk are great options! 

You don’t have to drastically change your skin care routine in response to wearing a mask every day. Look through your current skincare products and make sure that you’re applying products that are non-comedogenic or oil-free, as they will reduce the chances of your skin breaking out. This is a simple skin care tweak that won’t stress your skin and will help it better handle being under a mask.

After wearing a mask all day, your skin will need some extra TLC to stay clear and calm. Wash your face with gentle cleansers and use a moisturizer that encourages deep hydration. Masks may prevent your skin from being able to effectively shed dead skin cells like it should, so treat your face to a regular exfoliating routine to keep dead skin, oil, and debris out of your pores. 

Don’t let wearing a mask ruin your complexion! Add these simple skincare steps to your daily routine to keep your skin clear while staying safe. If you’d like help keeping your skin happy and clear of acne, ask your dermatologist today if they offer the Sebacia treatment at their office. 

1 The US clinical study ended at 12 weeks and demonstrated non-inferiority to laser alone with Sebacia’s last treatment at 2 weeks and laser alone last treatment at 10 weeks, Sebacia’s treatment required significantly fewer laser treatment sessions and significantly lower laser fluence compared to laser alone.
In a non-randomized registry study in Europe, the average improvement in acne lesions at 24 months was 92% (77% free of acne medications, 9% used topicals and 14% used systemics at 24 months).
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