How To Prevent Maskne (Mask Acne).

1. Cleanse Your Face.

During the evening, when you must be back from outing activities, you can double cleanse, first with an oil-based facial cleanser, then again with a water-based cleanser to ensure adequate cleansing. Note: If you happen to be wearing makeup, ensure to remove the makeup first, using a makeup remover or wipe, before cleansing your skin.

2. Apply A Moisturizer.

Applying a Moisturizer will not only keep your skin moisturized all day, but also serve as a barrier between your skin and mask to curtail friction. After cleansing, apply a layer of moisture-rich moisturizer onto your cleansed skin (lighter if you are oily or acne prone and thicker if you have dry, sensitive or eczema-prone skin).

3. Wash Your Mask.

If you’re wearing a cotton mask wash it after each use, as its surface contains dirt and oil and can become a breeding ground for bacteria from your nose and mouth. And when washing your mask choose a fragrance-free laundry soap.

4. Wear Makeup Only When Necessary.

Like we earlier explained, if you must wear makeup under your mask then go light-weight, and not heavy and use only makeup products labelled non-comedogenic” or “won’t clog pores. But if you mustn’t, then ditch the makeup.

5. Shy Away From Harsh Products.

You should do your very best to stay away from harsh skincare products. Skincare products with active ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, retinols and salicylic acid will be more irritating to the skin under a mask — be careful about how much and what you use.