How to treat “maskne”?

How to treat “maskne”?

What is maskne?

Maskne is irritation from the masks we are required to wear at work, at the grocery store, in school, and in hospitals.  Often, this irritation is noticed at any pressure points of the mask where it sits tightest on the skin; however, this irritation can also be on the lower cheeks, jaws, and chin.  The irritation is likely acne mechanica, which is defined by PubMed as, “…acne mechanica designates local exacerbations due to pressure, friction, rubbing, squeezing, or stretching. Examples are given of various physical traumata that provoke lesions in acne patients. The precipitating causes of stress are diverse, they include articles of clothing (tight straps and belts), recreational accouterments (football shoulder pads), or occupational pressure (rubbing of back in truck drivers)”.

How do I treat maskne?

Much like traditional acne, maskne requires a gentler approach.  A more basic morning routine of cleansing and moisturizing/sun protection, and an equally basic one of cleansing and hydrating/moisturizing.  So for example, one may cleanse am and pm with Lily Laser Ultra Gentle Cleanser, and then follow with the Lily Laser Ultra Hydrating Serum.  Next, if you are normal to dry follow with the Lily Laser Essential Oil Free Tinted SPF 50 ,or if you have oily to combination or acne prone skin, follow with the Green Tea Mattifying SPF 30 powder.  In the evening, follow cleansing with the Ultra Hydrating Serum, and if needed, the right moisturizer for your skin type.  Call us if you have questions about which one might be best for your skin type and conditions – we are happy to help guide you!

How do I prevent maskne?

You can protect skin from chaffing and irritation by using Lipid Replenishing soft Cream on the areas where the mask sits tightest on your face.  And no, if you are oily/acne prone these won’t break you out, we promise! They will protect you from irritation that can aggravate your skin leading to more breakouts, or further complicate already existing breakouts.  Remember, a healthy moisture barrier is key when treating and preventing breakouts.  To that end, we also recommend that you cut exfoliation down to just once a week, if your skin can tolerate it and preferably on a day when you won’t need to wear a mask for a day or two.  For example, maybe on a Friday night where you don’t have big plans over the weekend.  Use the Lily Laser Gly/Sal 2-2 Pads rather than any scrubs, which can further aggravate any irritation from the acne mechanica.  Skip the highly fragranced face masks altogether, and opt for products with gentle antioxidants and ceramides.

If you have any questions, you can contact us at 610-489-6148 or email us at  You can also make an appointment for a product consultation or facial.