Mascne: What Causes Face Mask Acne & How To Stop It?

Some of us experience an occasional breakout or two due to the use of face masks. Whether you currently have active acne or have clear skin with the occasional pimple, neither one is on our wish list.

Starting a little over one year ago, most of us were required to wear facial coverings in order to protect ourselves and others. None of us could have dreamed that this would become an ongoing part of our lives. Our day-to-day lifestyles weren’t accustomed to the use of facial masks, let alone our skin. But we’re making the most of the hand we’ve been dealt, so it’s time to learn a few tricks for banishing the dreaded mascne for good.

What Is Mascne?

The term “mascne” (short for “mask-acne”) has become well-known in the skincare industry since the Covid pandemic began. This word is used to describe the acne that appears on the skin as a result of mask-wearing.

Despite our best efforts, most of us have experienced its wrath. Mascne has taken a front-row seat, and, unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere soon.

Suddenly, usually flawless faces have developed red, irritated bumps on the skin in the mask-covered areas. Luckily, all is not lost. You can manage acne while wearing a mask with a few simple adjustments to your routine, even without the help of a dermatologist. There’s no need to worry, and there truly is nothing better than feeling like you’ve conquered a pimple.

What Causes Mascne?

Mascne is caused by dirt, oils (sebum), and makeup that become trapped inside the pores of the skin. Sweat and your breathing cause humidity underneath your mask, and those factors can lead to the development of acne.

What Else Causes Acne?

There are many causes of acne. Acne can be triggered by hormonal fluctuations, diet, certain medications, stress, and can even be hereditary. Acne is most common among teenagers; however, adults get acne, too.

Depending on the severity of the acne, scarring may occur. That’s why it’s such a good idea to get on top of treating it right when you see the signs—which is why you’re here!

Types Of Acne

There are several other different types of acne, and some are more severe than others. Let’s take a look at the various forms:

  • Blackheads and Whiteheads: These occur when the pore is clogged with dirt and debris. The dark appearance of a blackhead is not dirt. Rather, it is the accumulation of dead skin cells that have oxidized (become exposed to open-air) and turned black.
  • Papules: This is inflammation of the skin caused by dirt, oil, and bacteria that are pushed deeper into the skin. These emerge alone or in clusters and are usually small, raised, and solid.
  • Pustules: These are similar to papules but are filled with yellowish fluid and are usually red and inflamed.
  • Nodules and Cystic Acne: This type of painful acne penetrates deep into the skin and occurs when the pores become blocked and swollen. This penetration often causes infection inside the pores and, in some cases, acne scarring.
Just as one blemish reveals itself, another seems to follow closely behind. This can feel frustrating and discouraging, and it can take a serious toll on your self-esteem. But mascne isn’t a permanent condition, and there are ways to prevent and treat it so that soon, it’ll be a just a distant memory.

How To Prevent And Treat Mascne

Congested skin is inevitable, but its effects can be lessened. A daily, quality skincare regimen is important in maintaining a healthy complexion. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment, so it’s important to follow basic, daily hygienic procedures. Here are some dos and don’ts for daily mascne and acne prevention:

DO - Cleanse your face twice a day and after workouts with a gentle oil-free cleanser to remove dirt, oil, and makeup.

DON’T - Sleep in makeup or over-cleanse. This will strip the skin’s protective barrier.

DO - Keep your facial mask clean and dry. This will prevent old dirt and grime from transferring onto your skin.

DON’T - Allow makeup or sweat to remain on your facial mask.

DO - Keep hands clean. Our hands carry lots of germs.

DON’T - Touch your face with your hands, regardless of how hard it might be.

DO - Drink plenty of water throughout the day to flush toxins from your body.

DON’T - Drink sodas or other beverages high in sugar. Researchers have not proven that soda can cause acne; however, the high glucose content encourages inflammation in the body. So, in theory, by limiting sugar consumption, you are also helping reduce your body’s inflammatory response.

DO - Sanitize makeup brushes and sponges frequently with a gentle soapy cleanser.

DON’T - Share facial makeup tools with others. Germs spread and grow in these places.

DO - Stick to one acne treatment for four to six weeks in order to give it time to work effectively.

DON’T - Switch acne treatments frequently. Provide ample time for treatments to take effect. Changing treatments often can create skin irritation, making acne worse.

Once acne invades our skin with its presence, it’s time to take swift action with a treatment plan to reduce further damage. Unless your skin is affected by cystic acne, it’s best to begin with a gentle approach to treating the skin.

Journ Matcha

Journ has created Matcha Correct & Perfect, a color corrector that covers all bases for acne-prone skin.

Whether your concern is correcting acne scarring, minimizing the appearance of active acne, or reducing the appearance of large pores, our Matcha Correct & Perfect can help create a flawless look for daily wear.

What Is Matcha?

Matcha is made from the crushed leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Its fine ground powder is a vibrant green color due to the nutrient-rich chlorophyll and vitamins it contains.

This green beauty booster is packed with antioxidants, many vitamins, and caffeine. Matcha possesses soothing properties, and the tannins it contains act as an astringent, tightening the skin and reducing the production of sebum. Vitamins A & C assist in drying out spots and evening skin tone.

So, yes, Matcha is a frothy beverage that provides a peaceful calm when enjoyed, but it also contains powerful ingredients that are fantastic for your skin.

How Does Journ Matcha Help to Reduce the Appearance of Mascne?

Journ’s Correct & Perfect Matcha makeup minimizes the appearance of pores and scars over time, and best of all, it works on all skin tones. That means you’re getting both an immediate solution thanks to this product’s color-correcting abilities, but you’ll also be helping to correct any trouble areas over time.

Correct & Perfect Matcha is formulated with ingredients such as Hibiscus, Seaweed, and of course, Matcha. This product does it all in one easy step, without the hassle of using multiple products.

Hibiscus contains alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) that regulate oil production, control breakouts, and minimize the appearance of pores. These acids also gently slough away old skin cells, leaving fresh, new skin in view.

Seaweed reduces the appearance of acne scars and skin discolorations with vitamins A, B, and C by reversing skin damage. Seaweed also contains a powerful dose of antioxidants that helps to smooth and calm the skin.

To Sum It Up

Mascne may make you feel frustrated, but it doesn’t have to ruin your day. Let your skin’s natural beauty shine through while reducing the appearance of discoloration and flaws over time.

Check out the tutorials or read the reviews on our website for tips and tricks on how to use the Matcha Correct & Perfect, or check out some of our other color correcting makeup products for different skin tones.

Our formulas are vegan, gluten-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, free of sulfates, mineral oil, and free of other harmful ingredients.



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