Combatting Maskne

Part of this new world we live in is wearing masks in public. Whether it’s 100 degrees, pouring rain, whatever… like it or not it’s our latest accessory. If you’re like me, maskne (acne brought on by wearing a mask) is a real issue. And a real pain in the ass. Well I’ve rounded up some products and strategies that I’ve been using to help prevent it! And lemme tell ya… with heading back into the school building fully in person where I’ll be wearing a mask for 7+ hours a day starting next week, I’m glad I figured this all out now.


These are some of my most tried and true skincare products. I know some of them are on the pricier side, but I promise you get a TON of bang for your buck. A little goes a long way with every one of these products and your skin will thank you.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum
Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Antioxidant Face Oil
Fresh Soy Makeup Removing Face Wash
Tula Purifying Cleanser
Tula Oil Free Face Moisturizer
Tula Pro-Glycolic 10% Resurfacing Toner


This part I LOVE because it’ll force you to spend a little extra time on yourself. Which these days is insanely important. Treating yourself to a weekly (I sometimes do one twice a week depending on how my skin is doing) mask is an awesome way to deep clean and purify your skin.

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
Fresh Umbrian Clay Pore Purifying Mask
Fresh Rose Mask
Sephora Collection Hemp Mousse Mask
Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Hydrating Mask
Drunk Elephant TLC Sukari Babyfacial


  1. Keep a pack of face wipes in your car, in your purse, in your desk, wherever is easy for you. Once you get back in your car from the store or get a chance to sneak outside at work, give your face a quick cleaning. These are the wipes I use on the daily.
  2. Skip foundation. With a mask on chances are no one can tell if you have foundation on the bottom have of your face anyways. This will let your skin breath a little easier through the mask. I swapped out my normal tinted moisturizer (I like using a tinted moisturizer because I only need light coverage) for this RE9 Advanced Prepwork Soft Focus Veil. It’s super light but blurs out all my imperfections. Bonus: it doesn’t stain the crap out of the insides of my masks.
  3. Wash your masks. According to the CDC website masks should be washed after every use. I know, who the heck wants more laundry? But I’ll take laundry over Covid and breakouts. That also means that having a solid mask supply is important. Some of my favorite places to shop for masks has been Etsy, Old Navy, and Z Supply.
  4. Spray a toner on the side of your mask. I’ve read that this is a great way for your skin to stay fresh, and helps prevent nasty buildup.
  5. Wash your pillowcases more than usual. Dirty pillowcases can cause breakouts in normal circumstances, but after breathing into a mask all day, you don’t want that junk living on your pillowcase while you sleep. Big yuck.

I hope you guys found this helpful!

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