I’m sure most of you can relate to having maskne at one time or another. I recently started breaking out around my mask area within the past month or so which I thought was weird since we have been wearing masks for over a year now. I couldn’t figure out why I was randomly breaking out.
I was wearing the same kind of disposable masks for months with no problem. So I decided to look at my skincare routine. I had changed my face wash a few weeks prior, so I thought switching back to my tried and true Clean and Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser would do the trick. I also got some 10% Benzoyl Peroxide cream to put on the breakouts since that seems to be the ingredient that works for my breakouts. After a couple of weeks, not much changed. I feel like the acne cream helped to clear up my current breakouts but I was still getting more.
Then I did some research as to WHY people get maskne. I read that you usually get maskne as a result of clogged pores from moisturizers, oil, dirt, and bacteria. Wearing a mask causes everything to build up even more and then the breakouts come.
And then I realized that I had switched my moisturizer recently and that must’ve been clogging my pores! So I switched back to another tried and true product, the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. After only a few days, I noticed my skin clearing up significantly.
I still had a few small bumps, so I decided to do an at home facial. I started with the Vanity Planet Ionic Facial Steamer to open up my pores. I then went in with my Trophy Skin Microderm MD to exfoliate and get rid of all the gunk under my skin. These two products are seriously a game changer and I will definitely continue to use them even after my skin is back to normal.
The last thing I started implementing were pimple patches. I found that I would get a breakout, pop it, and I would get three more. I think the bacteria from popping them grew under my mask, which is pretty gross. You use a pimple patch instead of popping them. You put one on overnight and it draws everything out of your skin, and the pimple is significantly smaller in the morning!
I hope these tips are helpful if you’re struggling with maskne!