Acne breakout due to wearing face mask

9 Tips to Fix Your Acne Breakout Due to Wearing Face Mask

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Cases of acne breakout due to wearing face masks, or “mascne,” are becoming increasingly common. Though this has become a normal and healthy part of our daily lives during this COVID-19 global pandemic, it’s not necessarily good for our skin.

There’s no doubt that wearing a face mask is an excellent way to protect yourself from the flu or other illnesses. But there is a downside: some people experience acne breakouts when wearing face masks.

The following 9 tips should help fix your mascne problem!

Tip #1: Don’t use make-up (especially those that are heavy in oils or chemicals) while wearing your face mask

It’s normal for women to wear make-up when going out. But it might not be a good idea when you need to wear a face mask at the same time.

Make-up is heavy in oils and chemicals, which can irritate your skin when mixed with the face mask.


So before you go out wearing a face mask, make sure to remove any heavy makeup that you might have on.

If this doesn’t work for you, try using mineral powder or light foundation instead of a liquid one. It would help if you also avoided waterproof mascara because it won’t come off easily. If possible, during this COVID-19 pandemic era, don’t wear makeup at all – leave your natural beauty shine through!

Tip #2: Use a gentle cleanser to wash your skin every night

After several hours of wearing a face mask, your skin will be oil and sweaty. This can clog your pores and cause an acne breakout.

It’s important to wash off the oil using a gentle cleanser every night, in order to avoid unwanted breakouts.

Oily skin types might want to use an exfoliator before cleansing with soap or face wash, as this will remove excess oils on the surface of the skin more effectively.

Tip #3: Apply an acne treatment product like benzoyl peroxide cream or salicylic acid lotion to clean and dry skin

If you are starting to get an acne breakout, it’s important to treat it as soon as possible.

Benzoyl peroxide cream or salicylic acid lotion will help dry out your acne, particularly for oily skin types.


If you are going to use a benzoyl peroxide cream, make sure that you apply a thin layer of the product and then wait 20 minutes before applying another coat on top – this can irritate sensitive skin types.

You should also apply salicylic acid lotions sparingly because it has been known to cause peeling in some cases; this may not be desirable if your face mask isn’t waterproof.

Tip #4: Moisturize with a light moisturizer that is oil-free and lightweight (especially for acne-prone skin)

For those with more sensitive skin, it’s best to stay away from moisturizer altogether and avoid any irritation.

Avoid using heavy creams that will clog pores and make acne worse. If you must use heavy cream or oil, only apply it at night after removing your face mask.

Stick to light oils like jojoba oil which won’t block the pores on your face and cause more breakouts. Apply an all-natural face scrub once every week to exfoliate dead cells gently without irritating sensitive skin types.

Tip #5: Wash your face with a cleanser after using the mask to remove any excess product

There will likely be oil, dust, or other particulates that might get trapped under your face mask and on your skin.

After using the face mask, wash your face with a gentle cleanser to remove any excess product that may be trapped under the area of the face mask on your skin.

You should use a gentle skin cleanser to wash your face so as not to strip your skin of moisture. Next, use a ceramide-containing moisturiser on your face twice a day as that helps to retain moisture. For the lips you can use a lip balm as frequently as you can.

(Gleneagles Hospital Singapore)

Tip #6: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and maintain healthy skin cells

One of the best ways to keep your face supple and moisturised is to drink plenty of water. Not only will it improve your liver function, but it also boosts the production of collagen – an essential protein that holds your skin together.

Drink a minimum of eight glasses per day, and if you’re feeling up to it drink some hot green tea or lemon juice so that your skin is kept hydrated. It’s free, cheap, and easy!

Tip #7: Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night for better results

Sleep deprivation can cause breakouts due to the increase in cortisol levels which causes inflammation in the body. Bad sleep can also cause your skin to produce less collagen, leading to faster skin aging and acne.

If you’re not sleeping well then try some lavender oil or chamomile tea before bed for better results.

Try scheduling some time in bed before going to sleep each night so you can get at least eight hours of uninterrupted rest.

Tip #8: Change your diet and eating habits

Nutritional supplements are also great for combating breakouts. Try taking omega-rich supplements daily (like boiled salmon) because fish oils due to high levels of vitamin D, B vitamins, and essential fatty acids. It has been proven effective against inflammation and blemishes.


Avoid eating dairy or fatty foods as much as possible; these types of food will clog your skin and make it more vulnerable to acne breakout.

Tip #9: Try not to touch your face too much, which can lead to more acne breakouts

Our hands and fingers carry a lot of germs and bacteria, which is why it’s advisable to not touch our face too often.

This will lead to more breakouts, as we may transfer bacteria or other dirt and debris from our hands onto the face.

Thus, it’s best not to touch your face after putting on a face mask if you can help it.


A face mask is an effective way to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it can also make acne breakout more common due to lack of airflow and a buildup of bacteria on the skin.

We hope these tips for preventing and treating skin rash or acne caused by wearing facemasks will help to keep your skin healthy while still using this as a measure against the virus.

If your acne breakout and skin rashes do not subside, find a dermatologist to get further consultation. Make sure you get in touch with Smarter Health if you need any help getting started.

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