Maskne, What Is It? And Celeb Facialist Approved Tips for How to Tackle

Bye, bye maskne

Caitlin U.
ByCaitlin U.

Acne may be a skincare concern that you struggle with at different points in your life. And whether those breakouts have become more of a distant memory, a recent byproduct of pregnancy hormones or simply a seasonal woe you encounter as your skin's needs change, you feel like you pretty much know what you're dealing with — that is until Maskne came about.

So what is maskne?

Maskne is commonly described as acne mechanica in the world of dermatology. This means that the breakouts are exacerbated by pressure, friction, rubbing, squeezing, or stretching.

Like many things that have come out of 2020, maskne is a real skincare concern we would all rather live without. But that doesn't mean we should forgo our mask-wearing habits. No, we can still safely and happily wear our masks and mitigate maskne breakouts. We went straight to skincare expert and Celebrity Facialist, Founder of Joanna Vargas Salons and Skin Care and Author of “Glow From Within," Joanna Vargas for three simple steps to help prevent and control maskne.

Step 1: Cleanse Your Skin ASAP. "I would encourage people to wash their faces as soon as they get home from wearing a mask for a long period." Try a cleanser like Joanna Vargas Vitamin C Face Wash which blends stimulating botanical extracts and oils to remove impurities as it illuminates your skin.

Step 2: Keep Your Mask Clean:  If you've been tossing your face mask in with your weekly load of laundry, that may not be enough. Joanna suggests that you wash your mask daily. Consider using a detergent like Tide Hygienic Clean Heavy 10x Duty Liquid Detergent or Pods which use innovative technology to get between the fibers to clean hidden, invisible dirt.

Step 3: Determine what could be causing the irritation. "If your maskne is from the mask rubbing on your face, a soothing oil with anti-inflammatory vitamin C works to calm the skin [once you remove the mask]." If your maskne is more of the breakout variety, "I would say after washing, apply a retinol [product] at night to help get rid of breakouts and exfoliate regularly, once a week, followed by a mask to help keep pores clean."

Have you been struggling with Maskne? What have you been doing to address it? Let us know in the comments!