The pandemic has caused a lot more than lockdowns, and that includes skin issues. Now that nearly everyone is required to mask up when they leave their home, acne around the mouth or “maskne” has been added to our collective list of concerns. If you’re developing breakouts or skin issues like redness, irritation, or bumps from mask-wearing, here are some tips:

What’s Causing “Maskne”?

Usually, acne is caused by clogged pores, though symptoms can vary. The surface of your facial skin holds oil, dead cells, and bacteria. These are all normal conditions; however, mask-wearing can cause excess buildup of these conditions by limiting ventilation. Masks, while useful for avoiding the spread of disease by airborne particles, increase the humidity directly around by trapping breath and sweat. Friction from fabric can also cause chafing and irritation.

Wash Your Face, Wash Your Masks

Washing your face once in the morning and once at night is a great start to any skincare routine, and it applies to your “maskne” prevention routine as well. Use lukewarm water in tandem with RENU Advanced skincare for cleanser, serum, and a moisturizer with an SPF. Unwashed masks have more germs, so washing them with mild, gentle detergent for sensitive skin can help. Throw away used disposable masks after you use them. 

Apply RENU28

Dermatologists recommend applying a topical gel on the skin to prevent the build-up of bacteria and acne. RENU28 is a multipurpose, skin-priming, age-fighting, cellular-rejuvenating gel you can use on your whole body. With patented redox signaling technology, this powerful gel works best as an all-over primer to cool, soothe, and smooth your skin. Put RENU28 on before you mask up and apply it again after a long day of mask-wearing. 

Consult Your Physician

As with every physical condition, it’s always a good idea to check with your dermatologist to ask them for their professional recommendation—especially if your symptoms persist. Acne breakouts are an unfortunate part of life and mask-wearing, but it doesn’t mean you should live in pain or feel embarrassed. However, it’s crucial that we continue to wear face coverings throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, to stop disease spread.