Since the progression of Covid-19 over the past few years, Mask Acne, also known as “Maskne” is new to many of us. However, this issue has always been prevalent for people who need to work with a mask worn, even before the pandemic. Now that Maskne has become an increasing issue, many people are desperate for a resolution.

When you breathe or talk, masks tend to trap in hot air. Apart from being incredibly uncomfortable, this can cause a humid environment… AKA the perfect breeding ground for bacteria!

There are measures to take to avoid Maskne, and as we know prevention is key.

Finding a suitable mask can be the first step to preventing this type of Acne. Disposable masks should be worn where possible, however if opting for a fabric mask, washing your mask often is important to remove oil, makeup, and other debris. A poorly fitted mask can also contribute to Maskne due to friction, therefore make sure your mask sits flush against the face!

For those that already have Maskne symptoms, a combination of cosmeceuticals and treatment is best.

The “Mirra Skin” retinol is great for those suffering with acne due to its antibacterial properties. As many of us know, retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A is a staple of most skincare routines due to its numerous benefits. This super potent product can help to unclog pores, control excess oil production and exfoliate dead skin cells.

Vitamin B or niacinamide is also amazing for acne prone skin as it protects from environmental stressors and has anti-inflammatory properties, while also increasing hydration in the skin.

While vitamins promote healthy skin, an SPF is also essential. No matter what skin type, age, or skin colour, every individual should be wearing a good quality sunscreen all year round! When choosing the right SPF for acne or oily skin, oil free and lightweight Sunscreen’s are best. Avoid heavy creams as this can block the pores and potentially make the acne worse.

In terms of treatment for Maskne, our signature “active acne treatment” does the skin wonders. This treatment combines a few different elements including blackhead extractions, chemical peels and LED light therapy.

A combination of lactic acid and salicylic acid chemical peels are used during this treatment. Lactic acid works to exfoliate dead skin cells, brighten the skin and hydrate while Salicylic acid is anti-inflammatory and helps to reduce oil production in the skin.

Following this with LED ties the treatment in together to make it the perfect acne fighting trio. LED is a light therapy that uses varying wavelengths to treat different skin conditions. Generally, a combination of blue and red light can assist with acne. The theory behind blue light is that it can target oil glands making them less active while also killing any acne causing bacteria in the skin. Red light or infrared light on the other hand, can reduce inflammation and improve circulation.

This treatment is not just effective for those concerned with mask related acne but can also be great for any acne sufferers for a more holistic approach to skincare and treatment.

Although Acne in general can be irritating, rest assured there are ways to prevent and treat mask causing acne. At Mirra Skin & Aesthetic Clinic we strive to provide long term results. Through preventative measures, quality skincare and clinical skin treatments, Maskne can be successfully maintained.