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What is Maskne and How Do You Prevent It?

Make It Classy Team

By: Jan Agaton

With the “new normal” unfortunately comes a newly common kind of skin issue, also known as maskne, or acne that’s induced from wearing face coverings. According to dermatologists, maskne is caused by friction, heat, and sweat that is trapped against your skin while wearing a face covering for an extended period of time. Acne starts to form due to the humidity produced by breathing into the mask, as well as the rubbing of the mask blocking your pores and eventually forming blackheads. 

Because masks are now essential to everyday life in order to help protect yourself and others, we’re here to share some tips on how to prevent maskne as much as possible. 


  • Wash your cloth face covering daily. Using a gentle, unscented cleanser would be your best bet in avoiding skin irritation due to fragrances and toxic chemicals. 

  • Do NOT reuse disposable masks. This is a HUGE reason breakouts occur. They’re “disposable” for a reason! 

  • Cleanse your face twice a day, morning and night. Again, using a gentle cleanser would be the best option, but carving out real time for that little bit of self-care makes a world of a difference.

  • Use a clay-based face mask two to three times a week to detox skin. Make It Classy has a few different clay masks to add to your skincare routine, but customers are especially loving the effectiveness and light green color of our Modest Mia Matcha Face Mask

  • Use a facial toner for anti-inflammation. The heat and bacteria accumulated by wearing face coverings also tend to trigger redness, irritation, and inflammation in the skin. Just spray our Romantic Rosie DIY Lavender Rosewater on your face before putting your face covering on, and you’d be good to go!

  • The Make It Classy Team wishes you all the best during these turbulent times, and we hope you’re not only staying safe, but also taking care of your skin along the way!

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