Mask + Acne = Maskne
Masks have become a part of our daily lives and for many, that may also mean acne. You aren’t alone and there’s something you can do, at least for your acne.
Our Vanguard dermatology team gives you advice on how to take care of your skin.
Keep your skin clean
You want to keep your skin clean to prevent acne breakouts. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser before and after wearing a mask to wash away all the bacteria, oil, and grime that can accumulate. Your cleanser should be fragrance free and non-irritating. Our favorites include clara Foamy and clara Creamy from the clara skincare line. We also recommend Cetaphil and Neutrogena over-the-counter products.
If you’re able to wash your face during the day, that can also help to keep your skin clean under the mask.
Hydrate your skin
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. You will also want to use a moisturizer after you wash your face. Make sure it is fragrance free and non-comedogenic.
Our skin consultant Lisa advises, “You may find that lighter lotions fare better under your mask. After your mask comes off, you can opt for a richer cream. My favorites include clara Replenish and clara Recovery.”
Skip the makeup
Skip makeup such as foundation, concealers, and powder. People won’t see your face anyway, and under a mask, makeup can exacerbate breakouts.
Dr. Maria Sheron shares, “I am encouraging my patients to try to avoid wearing makeup under the mask. You can put your sunscreen on, but don’t put on makeup. It can make your acne even worse.”
If you do opt for makeup, use a mineral-based brand such as glo Minerals.
Keep your mask clean
If you are using a cloth face mask, wash it daily. Not only is that better for your overall protection, but it is also better for your skin.
Dr. Sheron suggests it may even be helpful to change your mask during the day so that you are using a clean mask.
Choose the right mask
You want to make sure your mask fits well and has sufficient protection. Beyond that, a mask that is 100% cotton and has a smooth texture will be better for your skin.
If this advice still isn’t keeping acne at bay, then schedule a dermatology appointment with one of our dermatologists or dermatology advanced practitioners. We can talk about potential treatments that can keep your skin clear, while you mask up to keep yourself and other safe.
If you are seeking a new skincare regimen, our aesthetic division clara offers complimentary skin consultations.
Vanguard Skin Specialists’ dermatologists treat acne and the full range of skin conditions including skin cancer, eczema, warts, hair loss, and other dermatology needs. Vanguard Skin Specialists has offices in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Canon City, and Woodland Park.
Dr. Maria Sheron also appeared on KKTV and Fox21 news to give her maskne tips. Watch more by clicking below.