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How to Treat Acne Caused From Wearing A Face Mask

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In our previous article, we discussed in depth what maskne (you can read more about it here) is. Essentially, when you wear face masks for several hours a day, you might begin to notice pimples and breakouts around your nose, chin and mouth area. That is maskne - mask induced acne, and in this article, we will elaborate on a few recommended treatment options.

Ways to Treat Maskne

Fortunately, mask induced acne can be treated, and it usually responds well to regular products and medicines you use for treating normal acne. Some of the steps you can take to treat maskne include the following:

  • Exfoliation and Hydration: Apart from washing your face twice a day, you should also make exfoliation and hydration a regular part of your skincare routine. Use an exfoliating cleanser instead of a gentle cleanser to clean your face, preferably the one with beta and alpha hydroxy acids. Also check if the exfoliator has hyaluronic acid, as it will deliver moisturizing effects too. Use this cleanser thrice a week, preferably at bed time. Check out our Clair Lotus Gentle Milk cleanser with hyaluronic acid here!


  • Spot Treatment: Even after all the preventive measures, acne can develop on your face due to friction and irritation caused by the mask. So, if you have already started noticing pimples in your mask area, give them some spot treatment with a product containing sulfate, salicylic acid, 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, and zinc. Zinc and sulfate are highly effective in unclogging skin pores and zapping pimples. 


  • Acne-Treating Cleanser: If you have acne-prone skin, then it’s particularly important for you to include some targeted treatment cleansers in your fight against maskne. People with such skin can actually benefit from a cleanser containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is an acne-busting ingredient that keeps working even when you wash it off. So, it will continue to deliver its benefits even if your mask rubs it off.


  • Use Retinol: Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, is a powerful active ingredient that accelerates production of new skin cells, and prevents any dead cells from clogging your skin pores. In the beginning, use retinol-based products sparingly and apply it to your face 2-3 times per week at night. Depending on your response to the product, you can increase the amount and frequency gradually. Retinol will not only treat your acne, but also make your skin look young and glowing.


These are just a few ways to treat maskne. However, to prevent such acne, use soft fabrics for your mask, wash your mask regularly, and avoid makeup while wearing one. 

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