Are you suffering from “Maskne“? The not-so-luxurious term to enter the Covid-19 world. Cetaphil is here to help fight face mask breakouts with these nifty tips & products!

So, you made or bought your face mask and have been diligently wearing it for the past couple of months. Now, out of the blue, you’re experiencing breakouts in strange new spots.

You’re likely dealing with “maskne”, the latest not-so-luxurious term to enter the world of COVID-19. As the name suggests, Maskne, is acne that results from wearing a face mask or dermatologically known as acne mechanica. This type of acne is commonly triggered by sweat, friction, and pressure on the skin. Casing inflammation, red rashes, and tiny cluster pimples!

Luckily, you can make some easy adjustments to your skincare routine to combat mask breakouts and soothe irritation.  A leader in gentle skincare products, Cetaphil, shares some tips to help take care of your skin while wearing a mask.

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Choose a Soft Breathable Mask

Cloth face masks can now be easily purchased from a variety of places online or home-made. It is recommended to use a mask with three layers, selecting a non-woven (or similar) fabric with strong filtering capability as the middle layer, and the accompanying inner and outer layers for comfort, structure, and some additional protection.

Remember to wash re-usable masks regularly as they are prone to collect dirt, oils, bacteria, and germs, which may exacerbate skin problems. The Department of Health has discouraged the public from using the N-95 masks, as these have been reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

Include a Gentle Skin Cleanser into Your Skincare Routine

Select a skin cleanser like the Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser. A mild, non-irritating, non-drying gentle skin cleanser for even the most sensitive skin. This gentle skin cleanser can be used without water. If you have irritated or sensitive skin, gently swipe a cotton round with the cleanser over your skin.

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Create a Skincare Barrier by Using a Moisturiser

After your daily morning exercise and post-cleansing, apply a moisturizer like the Cetaphil® Daily Hydrating Lotion. This lightweight, oil-free moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid ( The type of acids we love) provides instant hydration. Maintaining the skins protective barrier which helps to protect skin from dryness.

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Don’t Forget your Sun Protection Factor, Even in the Colder Months!

Although half of our face is covered by our face masks, it is still important to apply an SPF daily as some of the skin is exposed to the harmful sun rays when going for morning walks. Opt for a non-comedogenic and oil-free option as they work to decrease excess oil that can clog pores and lead to acne.

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Keep in Contact with your Dermatologist

If you are concerned about the health of your skin or keep experiencing skin breakouts, keep in contact with your dermatologist. Some dermatologists are offering a Telehealth solution because it’s a great way in which they distribute health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies.

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