Wearing a face mask for a large portion of the day will leave your skin less than happy, and we all know what happens when our skin becomes unhappy…it breaks out, causing “maskne”! It’s best to keep your skin under control before a breakout occurs, this is especially important for people with acne-prone skin.

Two reasons why a face mask can cause a breakout

  1. Wearing a mask can trap sweat, oil, moisture, and bacteria on the skin, causing acne. 
    In healthy skin, there are normal amounts of bacteria, yeast, and sebum, but when pores become clogged because of excess sweat and moisture from the mask, these organisms overgrow, leading to pimples or acne cysts.
  2. Face masks can cause irritation by physically rubbing against the skin, damaging the skin’s protective barrier, causing a breakout and irritating pre-existing pimples, making them worst.

This type of acne is called “acne mechanica”, which includes any skin issues caused by pressure, rubbing, friction, squeezing, or stretching the skin. 


Whether you are experiencing maskne or not, implementing these steps may help prevent future breakouts.

  1. Wash your face regularly: it is best to thoroughly cleanse the skin before putting on a face mask. Once the face mask comes off, it is crucial to cleanse the skin again to remove oil and dead skin cells buildup from the surface of the skin.
  2. Skip your makeup: wearing too many products on your skin underneath the mask can cause clogged pores. Or use non-comedogenic products to allow the skin to breathe under the mask.
  3. Wash your mask after each use: this will remove any acne-causing bacteria and oils from the mask. Use hot water and a detergent that is fragrance-free to avoid leftover detergent residue that can irritate the skin.
  4. Use a proper skin can routine: by using the right skin care products to help fight existing acne and prevent future breakout from occurring will treat maskne. 


IS Clinical cleansing complex product

1. Cleanse your skin with a Salicylic base face wash

iS Clinical Cleansing Complex retextures your skin to give you a smooth, blemish-free complexion. White willow bark exfoliates and breaks up pore-clogging oil to boost cell turnover and tighten the appearance of your pores.

2. Exfoliate your skin twice a week

ZO Skin Health’s Dual Action Scrub provides a dual-action exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and excess surface oil that can lead to clogged pores. Dual action exfoliation; targets surface oil and bacteria; calms and soothes the skin.

3. Use an acne fighting serum

iS Clinical Active Serum is a fast acting, long-term, results-oriented formula that decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, visibly evens skin tone, and is excellent for blemish-prone skin. It contains Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid.


ZO Skin Health’s Wrinkle + Texture Repair is a retinol product that speeds cell turnover, preventing dead skin cells from clogging the pores and visibly improving skin tone and texture. 

Don’t forget to hydrate your skin! dry skin can actually over produce oil, causing more acne.

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