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How to Treat and Prevent “Maskne” for Soft, Clear Skin

If you are struggling to treat and clear maskne for soft, beautiful, blemish-free skin, the board-certified dermatologists at Brentwood Dermatology are here to help. 

We are skincare experts and, over the last couple of years, have become experts in treating maskne. Learn more about what maskne is, how to prevent it, and what the best maskne treatments are. 


What You Should Know About Maskne

What is Maskne and What Causes It? 

Maskne is a new term that has emerged over the last couple years due to the pandemic. It is a common type of acne brought on by wearing masks. Generally, most individuals experience breakouts where the mask sits, such as the jawline, chin, cheeks, and bridge of the nose. 

Maskne is caused primarily by clogged pores. When you regularly wear a mask, it creates the perfect humid environment that causes sweat, oil, and bacteria to build up under the mask. These can clog pores and trigger the development of acne blemishes. 


Can Maskne Be Prevented? 

While maskne is often a pesky skin condition to deal with, there are certain steps you can take to reduce your chances of suffering from a breakout. At Brentwood Dermatology, our experienced providers recommend the following for preventing maskne. 

  1. Regularly wash your mask to address the sweat, oil, and bacteria that build up on the inner side of your mask. 
  2. Avoid thick, heavy moisturizers, as these may potentially clog your pores even more. Instead, stick with lightweight, water-based moisturizers. 
  3. Wash your face immediately after you get home and take off your mask. And don’t forget to moisturize once your skin is clean! 
  4. Try to avoid wearing makeup, as this can further irritate your skin and clog your pores when you wear a mask. 
  5. Wear the right type of mask to prevent maskne. Choose masks that are a snug and comfortable fit, have at least two layers of fabric, and are a soft, natural, breathable fabric on the inside layer. 

Furthermore, the best way to prevent acne is visiting a board-certified dermatologist for personalized acne treatment recommendations. At Brentwood Dermatology, we help individuals clear their skin by creating unique acne treatment plans based on their skin type and more. 


Do Mask Sprays Work for Preventing Maskne? 

Since maskne has emerged, many maskne treatments have popped up on the shelves, including mask sprays. However, while these may work for some individuals, we recommend that our patients keep their skincare routines simple. 

Avoid going out and buying mask sprays. Instead, focus on regularly washing your mask and face, choosing moisturizers for your specific skin type, and consulting with a board-certified dermatologist for personalized skincare recommendations. Some of these recommendations could include serums, prescription-based topicals, and certain ingredients you should look out for in skincare products. 


How Can I Clear Up Maskne? 

Much like any other acne you may have, we recommend you do not try and “pop” the blemishes to address them. This will cause redness and irritation, as well as damage the skin, which may cause scarring

Instead, we recommend treating maskne by regularly washing your face with a gentle cleanser (especially after wearing your mask), using a non-comedogenic moisturizer, taking a break from wearing makeup, and using skincare products. Some healthy skincare products we recommend include acne-blasting ingredients, such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, ceramides, and prescription-based retinoids. 


Can Cosmetic Treatments Help with Maskne? 

At Brentwood Dermatology, we have several cosmetic treatments that may help treat your pesky maskne. These treatments include: 

Contact us today for more information on how we treat acne at Brentwood Dermatology. 


Effective Maskne Treatment in Brentwood Dermatology 

If you have troublesome maskne, get in touch with the highly-trained dermatologists at Brentwood Dermatology. We have years of experience helping individuals address and treat their stubborn acne with board-certified acne treatments. Schedule your acne consultation today. Clear skin is possible! 


Exceptional Dermatology Solutions in Brentwood, Tennessee 

The trusted physicians at Brentwood Dermatology can assist you with all of your general, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology needs. If you would like to learn more about our acne treatment services, schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at (615) 377-3448.

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