How to manage breakouts and skin irritation in a time of social distancing.

While Maskne isn't a new phenomenon, as medical professionals who have worn masks can attest to this pesky skin problem, but the condition has become more widespread amongst the general population.


Wearing a face mask has been a big adjustment for most of us and with that unfortunately, dry skin, irritation and break outs can come with the territory.


Masks impose heat and friction on the skin and when combined with a moist environment from breathing, talking or sweating, this is a recipe for breakouts.

Hopefully, this pandemic will over soon and when it does masks will go with it, but until then here are some tips you can take to help your skin get through it.


Avoid potentially pore-clogging ingredients. Make sure that products you’re using on and around your mouth aren’t making your breakouts worse. That includes products like toothpaste, lip balm, and moisturizers. Try finding products that are non-comedogenic, ( a fancy way of saying it won’t clog your pores when applied to skin.


Wear a clean mask. The moisture and friction that comes with wearing a mask may contribute to breakouts. Likewise, a used mask covered with oil, sweat, and product buildup may also aggravate a breakout. So, wash your cloth masks regularly, and try your best to wear a fresh, clean mask every day.


Gently wash your face. Your instinct might be to scrub away your acne, but that friction might make things worse. Make sure that you are washing with warm or cool water never hot, avoid harsh soaps or exfoliating scrubs. Reach instead for gentle hydrating or fragrance free foaming cleansers instead.


Apply a moisturizer – Not only will this keep your skin hydrated, it will also act as a barrier between your face and your mask by reducing friction. look for moisturizers that contain ceramides or hyaluronic acid, which will provide extra protection from friction.


Having the right skin care routine will lessen mask-related skin irritation and maskne,