How I Got Rid of My Maskne

June 11, 2020

How to Get Rid of Maskne

How I Got Rid of My Maskne

I am grateful that I don’t have to use active acne-fighting ingredients regularly but when wearing a protective face mask became a part of my everyday earlier this year, I began breaking out pretty immediately around my mouth and on my chin aka experiencing ‘maskne’. You can see the breakouts here.

Maskne is acne caused by the sweat + heat that forms under masks as you wear them. Wearing the mask causes pores to get clogged and irritated and therefore breakout forming maskne. When my maskne began, I knew I wanted to fight it and in order to do so I needed to introduce new products into my routine. With regular use of the following two Caudalie products that both feature acne-fighting ingredients, my acne cleared up.

Caudalie Vinopure Natural Salicylic Acid Pore Minimizing Serum.

This serum features the beloved acne fighting ingredient salicylic acid. This gel serum is super light and goes to work to purify pores, fight blemishes and the formula purges excess oil and blackheads. This was a new-to-me product by Caudalie and therefore I knew I could attribute the diminishing of breakouts to it.

Caudalie Vinopure Natural Salicylic Acid Pore Minimizing Toner.

I’ve used this toner off and on as needed for a few years but never regularly like I have the past month. Like the serum, this toner also harnesses 100 percent natural salicylic acid to control oil and diminish the appearance of future blackheads and breakouts. I love the refreshing feel of this toner and the soothing smell and properties (it has grape water and rosewater so it even works for sensitive skin.) Skin feels super clean after but not dry. I love this for maskne because it helps to un-trap the oil caught in pores while wearing  mask. My skin is calm and soothed and better prepared to fight maskne with this toner.

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I also try to minimize what’s on my face when I wear my mask prioritizing SPF first and foremost. And when I return home and take the mask off, I swipe my face with the Caudalie toner to cleanse bacteria that has built up during wear.


p.s. my other most used beauty products during quarantine and other acne fighting favorites.

8 comments on “How I Got Rid of My Maskne”

  1. Hi Meghan! I wear surgical masks everyday for work and get the dreaded maskne as well. I also get acne on my hairline from wearing scrub caps. Myself and many of the other residents use triamcinolone and it works like a charm.

      1. Just a heads up to be VERY careful with putting steroid creams on your face. As someone who suffers from Perioral Dermatitis which is a BEAR to get ride of (I’m going on two years now), I’ve read that steroid creams can actually CAUSE PD + I think that’s what actually happened to me (after applying something a derm gave my hubby — also a no-no).

        So just a warning, from the other side…

        1. Thank you for the warning!! I’ve definitely gotten contact dermatitis before from products (have a breakout right now on my neck) and you really do have to be so careful!

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