Say it isn’t so. As if the stress of the past few months wasn’t enough, many women are noticing the lovely side effect of mask wearing.

The constant wearing of the masks is wreaking havoc on your face, increasing the incidence of “maskne” or “acne mechanica.” This shows up as little whiteheads in the area covered by your mask.

Why is this happening?

The skin can get very irritated by the friction of the mask which leads to clogged pores. Sebum (natural skin oil) and bacteria start to accumulate and can cause a local breakout.

What to do?

1. Drink PLENTY of water.

Hydration is key in this situation. Dry skin can trigger the inflammatory process and exacerbate the problem.

2. Try a fabric face mask

A fabric face mask can be more gentle on your skin. Make sure to wash it frequently.

3. Avoid harsh cleansers…

…and over exfoliation, these will further compromise your skin barrier. Products such as retinol and benzoyl peroxide can be harsh and irritating. Cut back on their usage for now.

4. Use a gentle, oil free face wash…

…and follow up with hydration. Products with hyaluronic acid and cream are helpful for restoring the skin barrier.

5. Go Naked…

…whenever possible, preferably when you are not around other people. Take off your mask and give your face a break. Keep shirt and pants on if you are with other people. Or not.

6. Run, don’t walk to get your HydraFacial

A HydraFacial is the best anti-acne, skin-clearing, face-hydrating facial around. Obviously, you can’t wear a mask for this.

What the heck is a HydraFacial?

A HydraFacial is a 30 minute treatment that uses a unique Vortex-Fusion delivery system to exfoliate, extract and hydrate skin. All of the things you need to quickly address MASKne are included in this facial treatment. Pre-pandemic, I would get Rona, my dermatology PA to treat me between patients. It’s that quick!

What is the Vortex-Fusion delivery system you ask?

Well you may not have asked, but it is nonetheless an excellent question! The spiral design of the HydroPeel tips and the vacuum technology create a “vortex” effect to dislodge and remove impurities. This is followed by application of a personalized combination hydrating serum to treat and heal the skin. You basically get 3 great effects:

HydraFacial uses patented technology to cleanse, extract and hydrate.


Uncover a new layer of skin with gentle exfoliation and relaxing resurfacing


Remove debris from pores with painless suction. Nourish with intense moisturizers that quench skin


Saturate the skin’s surface with antioxidants and peptides to maximize your glow. It is honestly my favorite skin thing to do. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s effective, it’s painless and it allows your skin to be it’s healthiest and glowing best.

Don’t let Maskne get you down!!! Be proactive and get your skin to glow!!! Don’t miss next week’s post on how to get great skin from the INSIDE OUT.

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Ready for the legal disclaimer? Information offered here is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. As with any health recommendations, please contact your doctor to be sure any changes you wish to consider are safe for you!