With face masks the new ‘norm’ during the global pandemic, we’ve learned to adapt and style them to match our outfits, make our own DIY versions, and learn how to wear them in hot temperatures. What about the impact they have on our skin, though? For many, face masks can cause redness, irritation, and also breakouts. We’re here to talk about all things ‘Mascne’!

What is Mascne?
Many of us have ditched the makeup and given our skin a bit of a break during the quarantine. Countless people have suffered with their skin due to the constant wearing of face masks. If you’ve noticed frequent breakouts along your jawline and the bottom of your face, this is likely to be mascne, as people have begun to call it. This is a particular type of acne that is caused by wearing face masks.

As we’re expected to be wearing face masks for the foreseeable future, mascne may, unfortunately, become a part of our lives too. Not to worry, though, as there are ways you can treat it and prevent it.

What Causes Mascne? 
As we’ve already established, mascne is caused by regularly wearing a face mask. However, other things may also be contributing to your breakouts. For example, when we’re stressed, our body releases cortisol, causing a hormonal imbalance in your body and causing breakouts. Pair this with a face mask, and your skin is sure to suffer. Face masks can irritate your skin, lead to excessive sweating and clogged pores, allowing bacteria and sebum to get under your skin.

How To Treat and Prevent Mascne When Wearing a Mask 
The most important thing to ensure is that your skin is clean and moisturized before you put your mask on. Gently wash your face before and after wearing a mask to eliminate any dirt, makeup, or bacteria that could clog your pores and cause breakouts. While you might be washing your face already, you’re probably not applying a barrier cream! Apply a barrier cream to the area of your face that will be affected by the mask. This will act as a form of barrier protection for your skin.

You should also consider going makeup-free as certain foundations and face products could cause further irritation. Once the mask is off, give your skin a good clean and apply plenty of moisturizer and other hydrating products to soothe it.