Not everyone has been lucky enough to enjoy good skin in this pandemic. Many of us are going through "maskne," or mask-induced acne. Unlike regular acne, maskne is formed through the constant heat, pressure, and friction from wearing a mask. Our faces are not meant to be covered, hence our skin reacts to the struggle of having to wear face masks for long periods of time, resulting in the accumulation of dirt and bacteria on our face.
A way to remedy maskne is to let your skin breathe, but we know this is not an option if you’re always out and about. Luckily, there are skincare products that are effective in banishing maskne. Check them out below:
(Tip: When choosing a mask, opt for one that is made of cotton or has a cotton lining. This material is absorbent, allowing the sweat to escape and the skin to breathe. It also creates less friction that won’t cause irritation to your skin unlike face masks with synthetic fabrics.)
Skincare Products That Help Treat Maskne
1. Pond's Anti-Bacterial Refreshing Face Mist
This facial mist can kill 99% of bacteria that may contribute to the dreaded maskne. Plus, it’s infused with AHA, niacinamide, and glycerin that helps promote a healthy complexion. Just spray onto the face before putting on your mask to assure a clean slate all-day-long.
Anti-Bacterial Refreshing Face Mist, P100, POND'S, Shopee
2. Oxecure Acne Clear Potion and Eco Buds
This is a powerful night treatment containing salicylic acid and niacinamide that can zap acne and fade blemishes in just six to 12 hours. We recommend using it with Oxecure's Eco Buds for they are made with silicone, and are reusable up to 1,000 times!
3. In Her Element Masknegel
To tame active breakouts, lightly dab this acne gel on affected areas. It's loaded with acne-fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid for exfoliation, cica extract to calm down irritation, and tea tree oil to combat bacteria.
Masknegel, P445, IN HER ELEMENT, Shopee
4. Happy Skin Beauty Invisible Pimple Patch
Concealing your acne with makeup can easily aggravate your skin, especially when trapped along with dirt, oil and bacteria under your mask. Instead, cover and heal them up with a pimple patch for a blurring effect that also seamlessly adheres on the skin.
Beauty Invisible Pimple Patch, P175, HAPPY SKIN, Beautymnl
5. Seoul White Korea Glow Jelly K-Bright + Even Soothing Gel
A moisturizer can help strengthen your skin barrier against potential acne. The Glow Jelly is a lightweight non-sticky formula that won't feel uncomfortable under a mask. It also contains cica extract and niacinamide to help soothe and brighten skin.
Glow Jelly K-Bright + Even Soothing Gel, P269, SEOUL WHITE KOREA, Shopee
6. Celeteque Acne Solutions Cleansing Gel
Face masks can heighten clogged pores, and these lead to pimples and acne cysts. For your everyday cleanse, use a facial wash that can draw away dirt and sebum build-up from your pores just like this one from Celeteque.
Acne Solutions Cleansing Gel, P495, CELETEQUE, Lazada
7. Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
It's important to exfoliate your skin at least once a week because there are hard-to-reach gunk laying deep in our pores. A BHA exfoliant like this one from Cosrx is a great option, since it has the power to penetrate deeply and remove the impurities from inside your pores!
BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, P960, COSRX, Beautymnl