Beneath the Mask


Graphic by: Aolani Velez

   Maskne (pronounced mask-knee) is acne that pops up on areas you wear your mask touches, has become a problem and many people don’t know what to do. Constant pimples appearing after using masks has caused discomfort for many but here are some helpful tips.

   Avoiding makeup or products that clog your pores in areas your mask covers is essential. This form of acne occurs when bacteria or oils get trapped in between your skin and face masks. 

   If you don’t wear makeup then try using a gentle facial cleanser. La Roche Posay has a great formula that helps unclog pores, but a more affordable version is the Cetaphil facial cleanser. 

    Along with the cleansers using products before going to sleep can also help Maskne. Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel is great to use if you want a quick overnight product. 

    A more affordable pimple treatment are patches. Local drug stores such as Walgreens have Band-Aid brand Hydro Seal patches that reduce inflammation and pimples.

   The types of masks and pillows you use can also have an impact on the severity of your acne. Silk masks or pillows are great compared to cotton because they are not rough and inflammation is less common due to the fibers being smooth.

    If you want to keep your skin smooth below the mask a good moisturizer is important. Depending on your skin type (dry, combination, oily) a moisturizer like the CeraVe facial moisturizing lotion can aid in maintaining the balance of your skin and reduce the appearance of blemishes.

   To maintain a balanced and un-blemished face avoid fragrance in facial products. Fragrance products can cause more blemishes, instead, look for products that contain hyaluronic acid and ceramide which reduces acne.

     These tips can help reduce and get rid of painful Maskne, but for further skin product recommendations contact a local dermatologist.