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How‌ ‌To‌ ‌Prevent‌ ‌Acne‌ ‌Caused‌ ‌By‌ ‌Wearing‌ ‌a‌ ‌Face‌ ‌Mask‌ ‌ ‌

November 20, 2020 3 min read

How‌ ‌To‌ ‌Prevent‌ ‌Acne‌ ‌Caused‌ ‌By‌ ‌Wearing‌ ‌a‌ ‌Face‌ ‌Mask‌ ‌ ‌

How To Prevent Acne Caused By Wearing a Face Mask 

Unless you’ve completely dedicated yourself to staying home 24/7, there’s one thing that all of us can’t escape: Face masks. 

Love them or hate them, for now, it seems like they’re here to stay. 

But hey, just because it protects you doesn’t mean there aren’t some aspects of face masks that we would rather do without. Most notably, acne called by a face mask, a.k.a. maskne. 

Ugh, the worst, right? You want to keep yourself and those around you healthy, but you’d also rather do without all the additional pimples that started showing up around the time you started rocking your mask. 

So what’s a person to do? Well, never fear, because if you’re struggling with maskne, we’ve got some solutions that could help you out. 

  • Wash/switch out your mask 

  • If you’re wearing the same mask everywhere you go, it’s time to switch it up. In fact, even if you’re switching between two masks, you should still probably be switching more often than this. 

    If you want to really stop maskne in its tracks, switch up your mask each and every time you wear a mask, and be sure that you’re washing it between each use. If not, it’s almost like you’re taking a dirty face wipe and putting it next to your face, day in and day out. Ick!

    In addition, this is especially important if you’re wearing your mask for a long period of time or you’re sweating. In these cases, you can even switch the mask throughout the day to keep from an abundance of dirt, oil, and bacteria building up in your mask. 

  • Use a protecting moisturizer 

  • You should always start your morning off by moisturizing your skin, but to help protect against maskne, moisturizing is more important than ever. 


    Because using a rich moisturizer helps create a barrier between your skin and the mask. Without a moisturizer,your pores are left open and exposed to no shortage of bacteria that will clog your pores and result in acne. 

    Just be sure that you’re investing in a non-comedogenic moisturizer to protect against your pores getting clogged from the moisturizer. 

  • Oil is your worst enemy 

  • We love oils here at Jolicoeur. They’re great for keeping skin youthful, moisturized, and glowing; however, with the face mask, it’s best to avoid using oils in your daily skincare routine. 

    Oils combined with the mask can cause sweat and irritation, which is never a good combo when fighting acne. 

    Instead, opt for those protective moisturizers mentioned above, and reserve your oil use for at night when you won’t be wearing a mask. 

  • Gentle is best 

  • If you’re wearing a face mask on a daily basis for long periods of time, there’s a good chance your skin is irritated. 

    Because of this, it’s more important than ever to begentle with your skin to help avoid any further irritation. 

    Look for products formulated for sensitive skin,exfoliate with gentle scrubs, skip any retinol or harsh acids, and be sure to use a light touch when using your daily cleansers and moisturizers. 

  • Be careful with makeup application 

  • We know completely avoiding makeup isn’t practical for some, but we want to caution you about what kind of makeup you’re using and how much. 

    For instance, you’re definitely going to want to stay on the lookout for non-comedogenic face makeup, and, when possible, use light CC creams rather than heavy foundations and concealers. 

    In addition, keep in mind that people won’t be seeing your skin where the masks covers, so in these areas, we suggest going light or avoiding application altogether. 

    Protect Your Skin 

    Bottom line: Your health is the priority, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some small adjustments you can make to keep your skin looking its best. 

    Follow the tips from above, and let us know in the comments below how you’re handling maskne challenges. 

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