The medical term for maskne (mask+acne) is acne mechanica, a skin condition brought on by prolonged wear of facial protective equipment. Thanks a lot, 2020!
Kathleen C. Suozzi, M.D., director of Yale Medicine’s Aesthetic Dermatology Program, explains that “Prior to the pandemic, this form of facial irritation was primarily experienced by athletes, commonly due to the sweat, heat, and friction in their helmets and straps,” Dr. Suozzi explains. “We are seeing it more now with people wearing masks for an extended period of time.”
Other factors contributing to Maskne:
According to Anna Chien, M.D., dermatologist in the Johns Hopkins Department of
Dermatology, notes that “some commercial face masks are pre-treated with formaldehyde to
disinfect them. If you’re allergic to that chemical, those masks could spark a breakout. Also,
synthetic fabrics are an issue for some people. Likewise, laundering washable masks with
heavily scented detergents or softeners can cause itching, redness or rashes. Choosing a
natural fiber-cloth mask and unscented laundry products can help prevent skin irritation or
Can Maskne be treated?:
Absolutely! Although we can’t do anything about curing COVID, we aren’t letting that get in the
way of healthy, vibrant skin! At Summit Spa and Float, we always use top of the line products
(organic or physician strength) to combat any skin concern.
Our Maskne regimen:
Due to the craziness of this year, we’ve added a treatment specifically for those suffering from Maskne.
Our team of experienced Master Aestheticians always start each appointment with a skin
consultation. That way, you know that every product we use during your treatment is
specifically tailored to you and any skin concern you may have. In this case, Maskne.
Chemical peels for treating Maskne:
At Summit Spa & Float we like to call our chemical peels “progressive not aggressive.”
Our modified and enhanced Jessner’s peels are sure to help you prevent acne and heal from
acne scarring. For enhanced results we recommend a series of three peels followed by a
microneedling session a week after your third peel.
Can I still get a chemical peel or microdermabrasion while
taking prescription Accutane?:
Yes! According to Dr. Greg Goodman, Dermatologist at the Skin Health Institute, “While there
are no formal guidelines, research has found it is unnecessary to delay the use of most lasers,
energy devices, and light chemical peels while a person is taking isotretinoin. However, we
need to remain cautious about heavier chemical peels as well as fully ablative lasers and
dermabrasion which involve the skin’s entire surface being treated.”
Treating Maskne at home:
After your initial appointment, our Master Aesthetician will recommend that you take home a
few products that are perfectly paired to combat your skin concerns. Also, using
professional grade products is the key to treating acne and discolored skin in between your spa
The main reason we commend you start using our products vs over the counter products is kind
of like comparing prescription drugs to ibuprofen. It will still do the job, but will be highly less
effective. 😉 We recommend using the Skin Recovery Kit from PCA.
Are there other things I can do treat and prevent maskne?
Definitely! Here are a few expert tips that Sandra Lee – aka Dr. Pimple Popper recommends:
- “Stick to cotton masks
- Cleanse BEFORE AND AFTER wearing a mask
- Always apply an SPF (masks won’t replace sunscreen)
- Ditch the makeup! (Masks will cover up your breakout, so you don’t have to
- Be kind to your breakouts! (No picking or using ultra harsh products)”