Is your Face Mask causing your skin to freak out?.. - Elm Beauty

What causes Maskne?

Maskne is a previous play on the infamous term backne,

We are all experiencing maskne due to wearing a mask every day, all day and facial redness in the geometric distribution of the mask, with the greatest prominence at the border, so people get a lovely oval red outline. These areas are usually tender to the touch and any cream/lotion one would apply stings, as the skin barrier has been disrupted and in the setting of inflammation, the sensory nerves are hypersensitive.

While acne is one trigger for maskne, maskne may be a bucket term for a few conditions caused by wearing a mask.

Physical manipulation and pressure of a mask on the skin triggers acne.With the combination of friction, occlusion, and emotional stress of COVID-19… you have a perfect recipe for acne. Being a chronic inflammatory disease resulting in chronic skin barrier disruption, any stress on the skin or system overall can exacerbate this condition. Noting that stress is known to trigger facial flares of acne, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and rosacea.


In addition to triggering acne flare-ups masks can worsen or trigger rosacea, perioral dermatitis, as well as seborrheic dermatitis, a dandruff-like facial redness with scaling. While certain features of rosacea can mimic acne, rosacea is different. Rosacea is a unique chronic inflammatory disease that results from skin barrier dysfunction, an overactive local immune response, and hypersensitive nerves around the blood vessels causing them to widen persistently, resulting in chronic facial redness. The same issues arise with wearing a mask all day in terms of disease exacerbation.



How to Treat and prevent Maskne.

Here are a few ways to care for your skin while wearing a mask.


Apply emollient

Skin irritation with masks is most common along the bridge of the nose and central cheeks, where the flexible nosepiece is secured into place. this can be minimized by using a thicker emollient, such as Phytocorrective Masque from SkinCeuticals, in the area to augment skin barrier function and provide lubrication for the junction of the mask with the skin.


Wearing lighter consistency moisturizers, ideally with anti-acne ingredients, such as retinol and salicylic acid. When the skin is inflamed, it makes itself too quickly, which in the setting of acne is even more problematic, as this can result in clogged pores, further worsening the condition. Topical retinol is ideal for this remember all retinols can be drying and irritating when you first start using them, so to ease into using them by applying a pea-sized amount to the entire face and dry skin every other night for several weeks.

When you remove your mask gently cleanse and exfoliate your face. Also, making it routine to clean masks once you take them off is recommended.Certainly, the buildup of oil, dead skin cells, and other debris can be irritating to the skin among other things.

Avoid Heavy makeup , Washing of hands Regularly & let your Cream dry before hand.