Maskne: How To Deal With Mask Acne

Maskne: How To Deal With Mask Acne

By Neesha Desai, Pharmacist

As if the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t causing enough stress, we now have to deal with new skin issues. 

At Landys, one of the first common issues we heard complaints about in store was dry skin, principally caused by using hand sanitiser – the majority of these dry out the hands – and more frequent hand washing. 

We wrote a guide to hand creams you can use to help avoid dryness. And recently brands like Vichy and La Roche-Posay have released hand sanitisers which also contain glycerin; this is a natural hydrator and helps protect the hands a bit more from dryness whilst the alcohol content still works to kill germs.

Now we are also starting to hear a lot of complaints about acne caused by wearing masks. 

What Causes Mask Acne?

Mask acne, or 'maskne', has been brought on by the very necessary use of masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus when in public spaces. 

Over the course of the day, we all have skin that dies and falls away. But because of the masks being worn protectively, especially for those who have to wear them for long periods of time while working, that dead skin is getting trapped in our masks and clogging our pores. 

When combined with the warm weather that we’ve experienced over the summer, it means that we are creating the perfect breeding grounds for bacteria to grow, causing spots.

Preventing Mask Acne

The most important thing is to not panic and stop wearing masks – there are far safer and easier solutions to maskne. A simple skincare routine can help to keep the skin clean and protected.

As a preventative measure, we’d recommend using a cleanser on a regular basis, as well as a moisturiser or sunscreen, as they will help to keep the skin clean and to wash off the daily dirt. 

In addition it would be worth adding an exfoliator to your skincare routine; exfoliators are designed to help remove dead skin cells and leave the pores clear thus reducing the chance of bacteria build up.

If you’ve already succumbed to mask acne then all is not lost. There are specific products that can be used directly on spots like Vichy's Normaderm S.O.S Sulphur Paste and La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I.

Vichy Normaderm S.O.S Sulphur Paste

  1. Vichy Normaderm S.O.S Sulphur Paste 20ml Vichy Normaderm S.O.S Sulphur Paste 20ml



La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I.

  1. La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I. 15ml La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I. 15ml



These targeted treatments are great to reduce the appearance of blemishes and are mild enough to be put on the skin and left overnight for maximum efficiency. In addition you can also add a face mist like the La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray to your regular routine. This product is especially designed to help improve the appearance of blemishes but also works to refresh the skin without clogging the pores. When you use it it feels like a light mist on the skin rather than a heavy cream and this can be particularly useful in the summer.

La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray

  1. La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray 150ml La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray 150ml



For now, the most important thing is to recognize the greater benefits of wearing masks – but that doesn’t mean that you can’t continue to care for your skin!