'Maskne' Why Your Face is Breaking Out

Living during the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way all of us live our daily lives. A lot of us are working remotely, social distancing and of course, wearing face masks when we venture outside of our homes. While face masks help prevent the spread of disease, they also wreak havoc on our skin.

If you’re experiencing an increase in clogged pores, blemishes, inflammation and irritation with prolonged mask use, you’re not alone. This condition sweeping the nation is called, ”maskne,” which is a clever combination of “mask” and acne”, and it’s defined by occasional breakouts and irritation along the chin, nose and cheeks caused by friction from wearing a face mask.

So, how do we prevent face mask breakouts? Find out my essential tips for preventing and treating maskne blemishes!

Why do I get pimples after using a face mask?

If you don’t generally deal with acne, you may be confused by this increase in pimples and blackheads after wearing a mask. Here are two reasons why this can occur:

Skin cells can’t shed properly underneath a mask.

Dead skin cells clog pores and lead to blemishes. Normally, we shed them from our face throughout the day, but when you’re wearing mask for prolonged periods, they have nowhere to go, causing them to stay on your skin. Ultimately, they end up in your pores, right where you don’t want them.

The area beneath your mask creates a humid