Yes, Mask Acne is a Thing. Here’s How To Prevent It

Yes, Mask Acne is a Thing. Here’s How To Prevent It

Face masks have become part of our daily lives. While they’re great when you can’t social distance (and cute designs make them more fun to wear), they aren’t great for your skin.

The combination of your breath, makeup and debris rubbing between your skin and the mask can lead to blemishes. This is what dermatologists call "acne mechanica" or mechanical acne and with a few changes, it's pretty easy to minimize.

We’ve rounded up a few tips to keep your skin and your mask happy:

1. Change up your masks often. Depending on workplace situations and social distancing options, you might have to wear a mask for the whole workday. Keep a rotating number of masks available.

2. Choose your mask fabric wisely. Cotton fabrics like our masks are naturally breathable and aren’t as abrasive against your skin.

3. Nourish your skin. First, skip the makeup routine to the lower half of your face. Use a gentle cleanser 2x a day and gently exfoliate your skin.

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