MASKNE: Yes, It's Really A Word & Means Mask-Acne

As coronavirus has caused a huge increase in people wearing face masks for extended periods of time, the problem of maskne has become more prevalent. Maskne is the term for Mask-Acne and it is a real problem for many people these days with face masks being mandatory in shops and many other indoor locations. It can manifest as acne, raised bumps, redness and skin irritation.

Mask-wearing can cause Maskne because the mask wraps tightly around the face and is often worn for long periods of time.  This can result in pore blockage. For those who have rosacea, wearing a mask can cause flare-ups.  And, for some, there may be sensitivity to mask materials which may cause a red rash or blisters.

Short periods of mask-wearing likely won’t cause excess irritation for most people, but maskne can be common in those with blemish-prone or sensitive skin. Face protection can lead to acne flare-up, and multiple contact points means warm exhaled air, sweat and friction can exacerbate the problem.  Longer periods of mask-wearing, or mask-wearing in hot weather may irritate skin that isn’t usually acne-prone.

Maskne can be embarrassing as it is often very obvious and may form a noticeable circle around the mouth and nose. As the weather heats up, the problem may be exacerbated.

Mask-wearing is likely to be a requirement for an extended period of time, with a likelihood, too, that it may be required periodically in the future. 

When mask-wearing is not avoidable, remember to change disposable masks regularly, wash reusable masks regularly, take breaks from mask-wearing whenever possible, and choose face masks that fit properly. It is also a good idea to avoid wearing make-up as this can block pores, making the face more prone to acne.

For those who have experienced Maskne or who are prone to eczema or acne generally, the use of a Type IIR medical copper mask can help. Copper oxide has been used for health, medical and wellness purposes for thousands of years and is safe and biocompatible, as well as being non-sensitizing and non-irritating to the skin.

April 19, 2021 by Rose Holmes