How to Fight Maskne Skin Irritation Caused By Face Masks

Maskne is popping up as a common side effect of wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) or face masks. It’s a combination of acne and irritation from prolonged face mask wear, especially among those who are working tirelessly on the frontlines of this ongoing pandemic.

The reason maskne happens is because wearing a mask can increase moisture buildup, which may cause bacteria to grow and spread. Even still, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends that we all wear face masks to protect ourselves and others in public places. It’s common courtesy, after all.

If your skin is experiencing irritation and breakouts, don’t fret. Check out these eight simple tips to treat & prevent maskne this season:


1. Choose a Mask Made of Organic Materials

Not all face masks are the same! There are lots of different material options out there that all have different effects on your skin - even causing allergic reactions! Some commercial face masks are pre-treated with formaldehyde to disinfect them. You can be allergic to that chemical, sparking irritated skin & a breakout. Synthetic fabrics are also an issue for some people. Choosing a natural fiber-cloth mask can be kinder on your skin, helping prevent skin irritation or sensitivity

2. Clean Mask Regularly

Heavily scented detergents or softeners can cause itching, redness or rashes - especially with a face mask rubbing directly on your skin. Be sure to use a natural, unscented detergent when washing your face mask to avoid any skin irritation. It's crucial to wash your mask daily because oil, saliva and sweat can get on your face mask wherever it touches your face.

3. Skip the Makeup

Taking a makeup break is always a good idea to simply let your skin breathe. Moisture buildup from wearing a mask can mix with makeup creating clogged pores, irritation, and acne-causing bacteria.

4. Cleanse and Moisturize Throughout the Day

The most effective way to keep skin happy throughout the day is to keep it cleansed & moisturized! You can do this simply with Organic Coconut Oil Wipes! These biodegradable wipes are single-packaged for on-the-go to throw in your bag to simply wipe face a few times throughout the day as a gentle cleanser! The Organic Coconut Oil infused in the wipes naturally has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

5. Over the Counter Retinoid Before Bed

Retinoid is a vitamin A derivative, promoting skin cell renewal, stimulating collagen production and cutting down on blackheads. Adding it to your routine every night boosts your skincare regime and helps keep maskne under control.

6. Exfoliate Once a Week

Exfoliation is the key to healthy skin. You can create your own natural face exfoliator by mixing coconut oil and raw sugar. Gently apply in circular motions and feel rejuvenated! For the rest of your body, dry brushing is a natural way to gently exfoliate and reveal smooth skin. The repetitive motion of brushing your body head to toe exfoliates, massages, stimulates lymphatic system and calms the mind!

7. Skincare Mask Once a Week

Masks are not only a powerful skin remedy but also the relaxing self-care you need to unwind after a long day! Opt for a charcoal or clay based mask to penetrate pores deeper and pull out any bacteria, dirt or toxins to reveal healthy, even skin. You can even try mixing up a DIY mask of your own with coconut oil!

8. Stay Moisturized

You don't want to overdry your skin so its important to moisturize. Conscious Coconut Oil will melt into your skin leaving you soft and hydrated. It even has 4x the antioxidants of average coconut oil to pack a punch with moisture and nutrients for your skin!

Have you heard that like attracts like? It couldn’t be more true in the case with skin sebum and coconut oil. Contrary to belief, coconut oil is an effective oil for all skin types, without a greasy oil feeling! CoCo penetrates deep into the skin and pushes out grime, dirt, pollution and other impurities.