Maskne, also known as acne mechanica, is caused by friction from the mask or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) rubbing against your skin. You may notice that maksne is worse in the warmer months because of increased sweat, humidity, and bacteria. The tighter or more PPE you wear, the worse your maskne can become. This is not to say you should skimp on PPE, just ramp up your face cleansing routine after a long day in your mask.
For more information on maintaing one's own personal health, maskne and more, feel free to contact Student Health Services at (908) 737-4880.
Helpful hints to keep your face looking fresh:
- Keep your mask clean! Change masks daily and wash it regularly using hot water and mild detergent
- Minimize makeup and facial products. Multiple products rubbing on your mask can lead to irritation and an increase in clogged pores
- Focus on eye makeup and leave your cheeks and areas covered by a mask makeup free
- Swap out your heavy foundation for a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen
This article was written by Marci Blaszka, adult nurse practitioner of Student Health Services.