Yes, Maskne Is Real – And Here’s How You Can Treat It

In this new normal, although we’re protecting ourselves by covering our nose and mouths with a mask, it’s uncovering a new problem for many of us – maskne, or acne that occurs by wearing a mask, and the struggle is real.

Maskne has even got people who’ve never struggled with acne running off to the dermatologists, wondering why their skin is suddenly resembling a teenager’s. Although an occasional zit or two before my cycle has always been a friend of mine, my skin has seen more acne and post-acne scars in the last one month than it did in the last one year. No matter how much you’re tempted, do not make the mistake of popping them like I did, or you’ll be struggling to get the rid of the scars.

Wearing a mask all day can irritate the skin by rubbing against it, causing damage to the skin’s protective barrier. Breathing into it for hours also leads to build-up of moisture, oil and bacteria and clogs pores, causing acne cysts. This type of acne caused due to mechanical friction or rubbing against skin is called acne mechanica. Although it’s different from hormonal acne (since it occurs just around the nose and mouth), it’s just as frustrating.

Whether you’ve been tormented by maskne yet or not, the hot weather and new mask-life calls for some extra TLC for your skin. Following this skincare routine religiously can work wonders in preventing and treating acne:

1. Wash your face – Even if your skin isn’t acne-prone, washing your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser (before and after wearing a mask) is a must. You want to avoid over-washing it since that will strip the skin off its natural moisture and compromise its protective barrier.

Cleanse My Face Natural Cleansing Oil by Black Chicken Remedies



This gentle cleanser is great for both oily and dry skin, and leaves the skin hydrated, plump and dewy. The 14 healing and essential oils blended in this formula draw toxins out of your pores, dissolve dirt and makeup – just what your skin needs RN!

Foa-m My God! Extremely Gentle Cleansing Foam by Alkemie



Made using plant-based ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties, this gentle cleanser removes makeup and dirt without irritating the skin. The soothing and moisturizing cleanser is perfect for dry and sensitive skin.

2. Protective moisturization – To protect your skin from a mask, daily moisturization is necessary to create a barrier between your skin and the mask, and also between your skin and the build-up of moisture inside.

Perfect Balance 24H Calming Cream by Alkemie



Ideal for dry and sensitive skin, its organic ingredients and prebiotic and probiotic formula help restore the proper balance of the bacterial flora of your skin.

Hydrating Nutrient Mist by Mad Hippie



If you’re looking for fragrance-free moisturization, this mist is a perfect alternative. The blend of antioxidants and hydrating essentials help to replenish your skins lost moisture, leaving your skin feeling soft and supple.

3. Gentle Exfoliation – You still need to exfoliate regularly, but instead of using harsh scrubs, go gentle. Avoid products with too many active ingredients since your skin needs all the calming effect it can get right now.

Mission Complete Mild Scrub by Touch in SOL



This gentle exfoliating scrub cleanses the surface of the skin and removes dead skin cells, leaving the skin feeling smooth and radiant. Use it 1-2 times a week and feel your skin going baby soft.

Vitamin A Serum by Mad Hippie



Formulated with HPR, this new form of Vitamin A visibly reduces discolouration and signs of ageing. Ingredients such as Ceramide and Sodium Hyaluronate provide deep moisturization for a plumped, hydrated feel.

Shower all the love and attention on your skin. Check out all products from our skincare range right here.

By Surbhi Agarwal

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