Canada has done an amazing job in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Even as restrictions loosen up people are encouraged to wear face masks or coverings when out in public. As a result, many people have been developing issues with ‘maskne’. It’s the term people have coined for mask-related acne. Even those who haven’t had previous issues with acne are experiencing it. So, what exactly causes maskne and how can you prevent it?


What Causes Maskne?

As with all acne, there are a few different factors that can cause it. As we talk and breathe, the mask traps hot air. This creates a warm and humid environment inside the mask, which is an ideal setting for yeast, bacteria, and flora to grow. These bacterial imbalances and friction can promote acne to appear.


Stress is also another major factor in acne. Ever notice how you break out before a big event? It’s not surprising that people are experiencing more stress than normal during the pandemic. Increased stress combined with friction and humid air is the perfect recipe for maskne to develop.


How to Prevent Maskne?

There are a few things you can do to decrease maskne. Eat well, stay hydrated, and try to manage your stress. While lighter fabric face covers may promote more air circulation, these provide less protection against COVID-19, so it’s recommended to stick with the normal masks and thicker face coverings.


To prevent maskne change and wash your mask regularly, especially after exercising or sweating in it. You may also want to reduce the amount of makeup you wear under the mask.  Washing and cleansing your lower face may also help, but be careful of drying out your skin too much.


How to Treat Maskne?

A good cleanser and skincare routine are the best ways to fight against maskne. This will keep your skin clean and calm. If your maskne is persistent and not responding to your regular treatments, consider consulting a professional. AFYA offers free skincare consultations and we have a number of treatments that can help with acne.


Final Thoughts

Wearing a mask can be uncomfortable and irritating, but it’s incredibly important for the health of everyone to wear one. Maskne may be an unfortunate side effect, but there are ways to prevent and treat it. If you’re looking for acne treatments contact us today and book a complimentary consultation! Our skincare experts are more than able to help you with your skincare needs.

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