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"Maskne" is that acne you get from wearing a protective face mask
What Exactly Causes Mask Acne?
If you want to know how to deal with maskne, there are a number of effective tips to try:
1 - Change your mask frequently
2 - Use treatments
When you are struggling with regular acne, you may turn to your favorite skincare products to clear it up. You should do the same when you get mask acne. As much as you can, only use products that are non-comedogenic and oil-free. When you’re shopping for products for your maskne, look for ones that have benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These active ingredients are common in face washes and spot treatments. If you’re trying out a product for the first time, test it first on your forearm to make sure it does not have any ingredients that will react badly on your skin.
3 - Rinse your skin
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These wipes from Suzan Obagi come in a convenient pack to keep on hand. If you have oily or acne-prone skin try the Acne wipes because they contain 2% salacylic acid. The regular cleansing wipes are very gentle and suitable for irritation-prone, rosacea, or sensitive skin. The gentle wipes especially can be used frequently throughout the day to keep your skin clean.
4 - Avoid touching your face
5 - Reduce friction
6 - Don't use makeup
7 - Have a good moisturizer
8 - Seek the advice of a professional
If you’re already applying all the tips listed above and you’re still experiencing maskne, then the mask may not be causing it in the first place. At this point, your dermatologist may be able to determine the root cause of your acne. Alternately, feel free to contact our office to get personalized recommendations for the products that will work best to solve your problem. Although we don’t offer in-person services at this time, Skin Deep continues to operate as a concierge skin care business.
The Bottom Line
Despite the fact that wearing masks has become the new normal, you can still save yourself from maskne. Adding small yet important steps to your routine will help you keep your skin flawless and free of damage.