Do you suffer from ‘Maskne’ and what is the treatment to deal with it?

maskne treatment

IMAGE Skincare National Trainer, Michelle Ryan explains the problem and the solution.

Maskne is an ever-growing concern amongst many of us and is caused by the current requirement to wear face masks. The skin cannot breathe as easily while wearing a mask and this results in acne forming around the area of the mask and has developed the title ‘maskne’.  I will run through some advice on maskne treatment and how to prevent it.

Maskne Treatment

As part of your daily skincare routine start with a thorough cleanse each morning and evening. Also, a double cleanse can be done from time to time to make sure your skin is squeaky clean. When wearing a mask, we would advise to only use oil free skincare and make up products.

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Mask wearing tips and skincare routine

It is important to change your mask regularly and it is important that the mask is kept clean and free of bacteria.  If you are using a cloth mask – try washing it with your skincare cleanser rather than powder as this will be gentler on the skin. Make sure your mask is not too tight to your face.

Acne scaring

If you do develop some maskne – try to avoid picking at your skin as this just causes bacteria to spread and may eventually cause scaring. It is important to wash your make up brushes frequently or maybe try using an oil free tinted moisturiser or a mineral foundation for a little while.

Maskne Products

If you are looking for active skincare products as a maskne treatment, we have selected the following from the IMAGE Skincare range:

  • CLEAR CELL clarifying gel cleanser is a Salicylic based treatment cleanser is designed to dissolve oil and congestion in the skin’s pores.  Apply 2- 3 times a week by mixing with water and massage into the skin for 2 minutes. The product is also suitable to treat body acne, keratosis pilaris or ingrown hairs. Salicylic is a BHA (Bata Hydroxy acid) and known for is ability to dissolve oil and dead skin which can build up inside the skin’s pores. It also has anti-bacterial properties and can help to stop the spread of bacteria on the skin and reduce inflammation
  • The I MASK purifying probiotic mask contains a mix of yogurt-based probiotics to regulate your skins natural flora and to regulate your skin’s individual microbiome. The mask also contains charcoal which will draw out impurities from the skin. Apply in a thick layer 2 -3 times a week and leave for 15 minutes.
  • For extra plumpness and hydration try the I MASK hydrating sheet mask. This product is safe to use on everyone in the household including pre-teens.
  • In order to bring more balance to your skin, apply the CLEAR CELL restoring serum – this is an anti-bacterial serum designed to give your skin hydration without clogging the pores. It is oil free so sits nicely under masks and will help prevent oil build up and the spread of bacteria. You will also have the benefit of minimising the appearance of enlarged pores. Apply two drops daily.
  • Complete your routine with PREVENTION+  SPF 32 – This oil-free, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen delivers high sun protection in a mattifying, antioxidant-rich base that’s perfect for oily and acne-prone skin types. Micro-sponge technology absorbs surface oils and gives skin a flawless, shine-free finish. It doubles as a protective primer to create a healthy glow before makeup application.

To summarise, our advice is to change your mask regularly, and if using a cotton or silk mask it is important to wash them.  It is important to cleanse your skin to address bacteria build up and carefully choose oil free skincare products with ingredients that will treat and help prevent acne.  It is a good idea to avoid wearing make-up or at least ensure that it is Your oil free.

Should you wish to learn more, please visit our website for further information and a list of professional skincare advisors throughout Ireland.