Yes, Maskne Is Real. Here’s How To Fix It.


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This post was originally posted on Hey Aprill.

The discovery of a new virus, COVID-19, has put us in a strange situation that created more problems than we originally had. There’s a coin shortage, food supply chain breakdown, and I haven’t seen a can of Lysol since March. In the beauty world, we were introduced to a new, but no so new skincare ailment- maskne.

What is Maskne and how can you fix it?

Formally known as acne mechanica, it’s a form of acne that occurs due to friction. Maskne is a more compound form of acne mechanica- take the friction of the mask and add dirt and bacteria from wearing an unwashed mask day in and day out and you have maskne!

So how do you care for Maskne?

Here are Three Steps:

1. Don’t abandon your skincare routine.

Keeping your face cleansed, toned, moisturized and protected is key. If you have a routine, keep going.

If you don’t, now is the time to create a routine to…

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