How to stop mask acne (a.k.a maskne)

How to stop mask acne (a.k.a maskne)

Coronavirus face mask acne is now a thing we’re all dealing with now and, truth is, it’s caused not only from the friction of the face mask on your face, but also from the extra sweat and your skin’s natural oils that get trapped under the mask.  Here are a few do's and don’ts to help you prevent mask acne.

Do cleanse your face before and after wearing a face mask.

Wearing your mask on a clean, freshly washed face is your very first step in preventing any acne breakouts.  That said, it’s even MORE important that you cleanse again after you’re done wearing your mask for the day – this will clear out any dirt, debris and sweat that formed on your face/under the mask and will prevent pore clogging.

Do moisturize your face before and after wearing a face mask.

Just like it’s super important to cleanse your face before and after wearing a face mask, it’s just as vital to moisturize your skin in order to put the hydration back into your face.  Fact: over-dried skin can cause acne on its own!  We love to use our Aloisia Honey Glow sheet masks after cleansing since it’s formulated for skin suffering from breakouts and chaffingThis mask purifies, soothes, and moisturizes inflamed, irritated, dry, and stressed skin with a deeply nourishing blend of honey, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, and green tea extract.  So soothing and hydrating, especially after a long day! It's a great dry skin treatment!

Don’t wear foundation on your face.

This one seems like a no-brainer but we have to say it.  Your face is already covered so you definitely don’t need to wear foundation under your mask.  In fact, the makeup will absolutely make acne and breakouts worse since the makeup will essentially mix with your sweat and clog your pores even faster.

Do only wear masks made from breathable, comfortable, soft fabric. 

(Rule of thumb: if you wouldn’t use it as a pillowcase, it shouldn’t be on your face.) You want cotton, ideally, and layered cotton at that.  We’ve seen some really pretty masks made out of lycra and sequins but those fabrics are really not ideal as far as letting your skin breathe.

Do wash your face masks regularly.

Lastly, your face masks can and will get dirty from the sweat on your face, so you should be washing them regularly (which will also be good for virus prevention as well).


Jamie Stone is a freelance beauty writer and marketer living in Los Angeles, CA. Her blog is and you can find her on Instagram @itsjamiestone.