understanding your skin

How to Treat Maskne

If the lower half of your face is not behaving as usual at the moment, you might be experiencing maskne - skin irritation and breakouts caused by wearing a face mask. The constant friction, heat and pressure that the mask places on your face leads to a condition called acne mechanica whereby the skin’s barrier is compromised and becomes rough and irritated and small pimples start to appear. This combined with the humidity from your breath creates the perfect environment for trouble making bacteria and pathogens to thrive which can lead to deeper, more painful breakouts. 

It’s likely that we’ll all experience maskne at the moment, but luckily it’s relatively easy to manage with some lifestyle tweaks, the right products, and healing treatments if you’re able to pop into the clinic to see us.

Method of self diagnosis

Look at your skin in a mirror in bright light - can you see inflammation and redness? Are there more breakouts on the lower cheeks, chin and jawline than usual?

Now, feel your skin. Does it feel sensitive and rough to touch? Can you feel areas of congestion and bumpiness? Is the area hotter than usual?

All these signs are indicative of maskne. 

What can you do?

Treat your masks in the same way you would treat your socks. Just as you wouldn’t put yesterday’s sweaty pair back on your feet, don’t pop yesterday’s sweaty mask back onto your face. This will increase the chances of more excess oil, bacteria and debris transferring back onto your skin where it can cause more irritation. Try to have a clean mask for every day - that way you only need to do one laundry wash a week.

Choose your fabric carefully - look for softer fabrics that will be less abrasive on your skin. This will minimise the risk of micro-abrasions which can weaken the skin barrier and cause irritation. Cotton and silk are both great, gentle materials.

Avoid wearing makeup on the area if you can - you really want to minimise the number of layers on the skin, as the mask is already occluding the area, trapping oil and heat and debris.



How can treatments help?

Our Under the Light LED treatments are a fantastic way to treat maskne. LED is a non-invasive, contactless treatment that can target breakouts, aid repair, and reduce inflammation in just 20 minutes. It’s the perfect quick treatment that will speed up healing and strengthen your skin barrier at the same time. 

What products support improvement?

Now is not the time to throw everything you’ve got at your lower face, trust us, it’s only going to exacerbate the problem. Your routine needs to be focused on repairing, rebuilding and healing. 

Look for barrier strengthening ingredients such as vitamin B and probiotics that will help rebuild the barrier function, protecting your skin from further damage. We love Synergie Skin Vitamin B and Esse Probiotic Serum.

Make sure you’re hydrating the skin- hydration is the cornerstone of great skin health and a compromised barrier can lead to increased trans-epidermal water loss which leaves the skin delicate and flakey. A hyaluronic acid-based serum is always best for quenching your skin’s thirst. Follow with a moisturiser and SPF as they will act as a barrier between your skin and the mask and can help to reduce friction. 

Focus your nighttime routine on healing. Look for healing ingredients such as Centella Asiatica, Sea Buckthorn Oil, or Manuka Honey that will get to work restoring damaged skin. Cream masks are your friend right now - they will help to deeply nourish and comfort your sore skin. Apply them before bedtime so they have the whole night to penetrate and do their thing.

If you are experiencing breakouts, a potent spot treatment is the best way forward as it can target the pimple without affecting the surrounding skin which might be too sensitive to deal with strong exfoliation right now. We love Synergie Skin BlemX - a powerful combination of AHA/BHA and Odacite Gr+G which targets deep breakouts without drying the skin out.

And finally - keep up a strict cleansing routine. Double cleanse in the evening with gentle cleansers to really dissolve any lingering excess oil and microbes before you sleep. A purifying mist like Odacite Hydra-Purify Mint and Green Tea Mist will help to refresh the skin in between wearing the mask. 

Gr+G Oily Acne Prone
Odacité
Gr+G Oily Acne Prone
£32.00
Recovery 27
Cosmetics 27
Recovery 27
£90.00
Essential Serum
Pfeffer Sal
Essential Serum
£85.00
masquErase
Synergie Skin
masquErase
£69.00
Probiotic Serum
Esse Skincare
Probiotic Serum
£100.00
Vitamin B
Synergie Skin
Vitamin B
£73.00
UltraCleanse
Synergie Skin
UltraCleanse
£46.00
BlemX
Synergie Skin
BlemX
£44.00