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How To Avoid "Maskne"
Our Top Picks To Treat
Irritation & Breakouts

If you are finding that your skin is changing due to wearing a protective mask, then you are not alone. Many of us are experiencing skin irritation, redness, dryness as well as breakouts. It is becoming so common that it now has a name: “maskne”!

What is “Maskne”?

“Maskne” is a new term associated with problem skin caused by wearing a protective mask. The constant rubbing of the mask against the skin causes the skin barrier to weaken. This leads to dry patches, irritation, and breakouts.

What is a Skin Barrier?

The skin barrier is the outer surface of the skin which includes the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of the epidermis. The stratum corneum is composed of skin cells, lipids, and natural moisturising factors like ceramides and fatty acids. It acts as a protective barrier. A healthy skin barrier protects against environmental aggressors and harmful bacteria. It also helps to retain and regulate hydration within the skin.

What happens when the Skin Barrier is damaged?

When the barrier is damaged, it is more prone to the effects of external aggressors and bacteria. A compromised or weakened barrier can also lead to dehydration due to trans epidermal water loss. When the barrier in unbalanced, it looks dull, uneven and can appear and feel tight. With a weakened barrier, it is common to experience things such as itchiness, dryness, flaky patches, redness, irritation, and blemishes.

How does wearing a Protective Mask affect the skin?

Protective masks constantly rub against the skin which compromises the skin barrier. This can cause the skin to become itchy, dry, blemished, and flaky. It also leads to dehydration caused by transepidermal water loss. In this state, bacteria and microbes can easily enter the skin. The constant rubbing creates over-exfoliation. It causes our skin to produce excess amounts of oil which then leads to blockages and breakouts. These blockages are made worse when the mask pushes dirt, debris, and skin cells into pores and hair follicles. If that isn’t enough, the mask can also trap our own breath and bacteria.

Why am I getting breakouts in other areas of my face?

The rubbing of the mask causes over-exfoliation. Our skin starts to produce excess amounts of oil in an attempt to moisturise itself. This overproduction of oil doesn’t just happen in the mask area, it happens all over the face. Stress is also a major factor in changes in the skin. These two combined can lead to breakouts all over the face, not just where the mask is.

What can I do to prevent and treat “maskne”?

To treat irritation and breakouts from mask use, it is important to nourish the skin with ingredients that soothe the skin but also work to repair the skin’s barrier. For breakouts, gentle formulas are essential. Below are our top picks to treat irritation and breakouts and avoid the onset of “maskne”.

MASKNE SKIN CARE ROUTINE

Step 1: Cleanse impurities without over-drying

Calendula Collection
 

While it is essential to wear a protective face mask when instructed, prolonged or routine wear of face masks can lead to a compromised skin barrier, overproduction of oil, blockages and breakouts. Incorporating a gentle, effective cleanser is essential to cleanse away dirt and debris, excess sebum, and other impurities without stripping the skin barrier.

We suggest

Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash

This rich, dense foam gently lifts resistant surface debris and impurities from pores and also prevents dirt from falling back into the skin during rinse-off. Skin looks and feels revitalized, revealing a fresher, brighter skin appearance without over-drying.

To apply, use warm water to dampen face and hands. Work into a lather and massage onto the skin in circular motions. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a soft towel.

Step 2: Balance your skin’s natural oils and soothe skin

Calendula Collection
 

Mask use can lead to the over production of oil, blemishes, redness, itchiness and other issues associated with problem skin. Using the right toner can balance the skins natural oils while soothing problem skin.

We suggest

Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner

Our iconic Toner is alcohol-free and refreshes the skin without over-drying. It gently balances the skin's natural oils and soothes the skin, reduces redness, also assists with blemishes. Our soothing Toner is formulated with hand-picked Calendula petals, which are scientifically tested to provide a lasting, continuous supply of discomfort-reducing compounds. Each individual Calendula petal contains five compounds—Oleanic Acid, Lupeol, Quercetin, α Amyrin, and β Amyrin. These efficacious compounds are known to provide antioxidant protection, soothe skin, and reduce discomfort.

To apply after cleansing, moisten a sterile cotton pad with toner and apply to the entire face, avoiding the eye area.

Step 3: Target breakouts with a spot treatment

Targeted Treatments
 

Its no secret that mask use can cause breakouts to occur around the chin area. Many of us have also been experiencing breakouts in other areas of the face due to stress and the over production of oil. Great news – there is a way to reduce the appearance of breakouts!

We suggest

Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment

Our targeted spot treatment helps to rapidly reduce the appearance of acne breakouts. Formulated with Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) which provides conditioning while protecting skin from damaging free radicals and Sulphur which is a natural mineral known for its ability to reduce excess oil and prevent clogged pores while being super gentle on the skin.

Apply a thin layer to the blemish once daily. Allow formula to absorb before applying any subsequent products. Increase usage of Spot Treatment to two to three times daily as needed. Reduce the number of applications if dryness or peeling occurs.

Step 4: Apply a skin-strengthening and hydrating pre-serum
with Hyaluronic Acid

Vital Skin-Strengthening Hyaluronic Acid Super Serum
 

Our targeted spot treatment helps to rapidly reduce the appearance of acne breakouts. Formulated with Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) which provides conditioning while protecting skin from damaging free radicals and Sulphur which is a natural mineral known for it’s ability to reduce excess oil and prevent clogged pores while being super gentle on the skin. Apply a thin layer to the blemish once daily. Allow formula to absorb before applying any subsequent products. Increase usage of Spot Treatment to two to three times daily as needed. Reduce number of applications if dryness or peeling occurs.

We suggest

Vital Skin-Strengthening Hyaluronic Acid Super Serum

Our lightweight serum with Hyaluronic Acid helps to strengthen the skin, increasing moisture retention for improved skin resiliency, suppleness, and a youthful bounce. It also helps to resist against environmental stressors and restore healthy skin behaviour. Our formula contains a proprietary Adaptogenic Herban Complex and 11kDa Hyaluronic Acid - our smallest molecular form of Hyaluronic Acid.

To apply, evenly distribute 1-2 pumps over the entire face morning and night. Use before a concentrated serum or before applying a moisturizer.

Step 5: Calm blemishes and balance natural skin oils before you moisturise

Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate
 

Our lightweight calmative oil concentrate contains 100% naturally derived ingredients. It visibly reduces skin redness, calms stressed skin, strengthens the barrier, while helping balance the skin barrier. It is great from problem skins including those prone to blemishes. Our Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil is derived from cold-pressed Hemp seeds which are rich in fatty acids. Within our formula, it helps strengthen the skin’s barrier, reduce visible redness, and relieve discomfort while calming and soothing skin. Our formula also contains Oregano Oil which is known for it’s antimicrobial properties and great for purifying the skin.

We suggest

Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate

Our lightweight calmative oil concentrate contains 100% naturally derived ingredients. It visibly reduces skin redness, calms stressed skin, strengthens the barrier, while helping balance hydration. It is great from problem skins including those prone to blemishes. Our Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil is derived from cold-pressed Hemp seeds. Within our formula, it helps strengthen the skin’s barrier, reduce visible redness, and relieve discomfort while calming and soothing skin.

To apply, tap 1-2 drops all over freshly-cleansed skin, avoiding the immediate eye area. Use morning and night after a pre-serum and before applying a moisturizer.

Step 6: Strengthen skin barrier and lock in 24-hour hydration with a lightweight moisturiser

Ultra Facial Cream
 

Kiehl’s approach to healthy skin has always begun with strengthening the skin barrier and increasing epidermal hydration. This is even more important now, with masks compromising the skin barrier, which can lead to trans epidermal water loss.

We suggest

Ultra Facial Cream

Our lightweight Ultra Facial Cream provides 24-hour hydration while preventing water loss, strengthening, and restoring the skin’s moisture barrier. Ultra Facial Cream contains Squalane, which replenishes fatty acids and antioxidants in the skin’s natural barrier, and Glacial Glycoprotein Extract, which helps shield the skin from environmental damage and the cold.

To apply, place a small amount to clean fingertips. Massage onto face in an upward circular motion. Apply more cream to drier areas as desired.

Now you are armed with the ultimate skincare routine for “maskne”! We also recommend including mindful and selfcare practices into your routine.

Discover more skincare tips and tricks to keep your skin in shape or shop Kiehl’s best-sellers

Mythbusters: The Truth About Vitamin C Skin Care

How To Avoid "Maskne"
Our Top Picks To Treat
Irritation & Breakouts

If you are finding that your skin is changing due to wearing a protective mask, then you are not alone. Many of us are experiencing skin irritation, redness, dryness as well as breakouts. It is becoming so common that it now has a name: “maskne”!

What is “Maskne”?

“Maskne” is a new term associated with problem skin caused by wearing a protective mask. The constant rubbing of the mask against the skin causes the skin barrier to weaken. This leads to dry patches, irritation, and breakouts.

What is a Skin Barrier?

The skin barrier is the outer surface of the skin which includes the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of the epidermis. The stratum corneum is composed of skin cells, lipids, and natural moisturising factors like ceramides and fatty acids. It acts as a protective barrier. A healthy skin barrier protects against environmental aggressors and harmful bacteria. It also helps to retain and regulate hydration within the skin.

What happens when the Skin Barrier is damaged?

When the barrier is damaged, it is more prone to the effects of external aggressors and bacteria. A compromised or weakened barrier can also lead to dehydration due to trans epidermal water loss. When the barrier in unbalanced, it looks dull, uneven and can appear and feel tight. With a weakened barrier, it is common to experience things such as itchiness, dryness, flaky patches, redness, irritation, and blemishes.

How does wearing a Protective Mask affect the skin?

Protective masks constantly rub against the skin which compromises the skin barrier. This can cause the skin to become itchy, dry, blemished, and flaky. It also leads to dehydration caused by transepidermal water loss. In this state, bacteria and microbes can easily enter the skin. The constant rubbing creates over-exfoliation. It causes our skin to produce excess amounts of oil which then leads to blockages and breakouts. These blockages are made worse when the mask pushes dirt, debris, and skin cells into pores and hair follicles. If that isn’t enough, the mask can also trap our own breath and bacteria.

Why am I getting breakouts in other areas of my face?

The rubbing of the mask causes over-exfoliation. Our skin starts to produce excess amounts of oil in an attempt to moisturise itself. This overproduction of oil doesn’t just happen in the mask area, it happens all over the face. Stress is also a major factor in changes in the skin. These two combined can lead to breakouts all over the face, not just where the mask is.

What can I do to prevent and treat “maskne”?

To treat irritation and breakouts from mask use, it is important to nourish the skin with ingredients that soothe the skin but also work to repair the skin’s barrier. For breakouts, gentle formulas are essential. Below are our top picks to treat irritation and breakouts and avoid the onset of “maskne”.

MASKNE SKIN CARE ROUTINE

Step 1: Cleanse impurities without over-drying

Calendula Collection
 

While it is essential to wear a protective face mask when instructed, prolonged or routine wear of face masks can lead to a compromised skin barrier, overproduction of oil, blockages and breakouts. Incorporating a gentle, effective cleanser is essential to cleanse away dirt and debris, excess sebum, and other impurities without stripping the skin barrier.

We suggest

Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash

This rich, dense foam gently lifts resistant surface debris and impurities from pores and also prevents dirt from falling back into the skin during rinse-off. Skin looks and feels revitalized, revealing a fresher, brighter skin appearance without over-drying.

To apply, use warm water to dampen face and hands. Work into a lather and massage onto the skin in circular motions. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a soft towel.

Step 2: Balance your skin’s natural oils and soothe skin

Calendula Collection
 

Mask use can lead to the over production of oil, blemishes, redness, itchiness and other issues associated with problem skin. Using the right toner can balance the skins natural oils while soothing problem skin.

We suggest

Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner

Our iconic Toner is alcohol-free and refreshes the skin without over-drying. It gently balances the skin's natural oils and soothes the skin, reduces redness, also assists with blemishes. Our soothing Toner is formulated with hand-picked Calendula petals, which are scientifically tested to provide a lasting, continuous supply of discomfort-reducing compounds. Each individual Calendula petal contains five compounds—Oleanic Acid, Lupeol, Quercetin, α Amyrin, and β Amyrin. These efficacious compounds are known to provide antioxidant protection, soothe skin, and reduce discomfort.

To apply after cleansing, moisten a sterile cotton pad with toner and apply to the entire face, avoiding the eye area.

Step 3: Target breakouts with a spot treatment

Targeted Treatments
 

Its no secret that mask use can cause breakouts to occur around the chin area. Many of us have also been experiencing breakouts in other areas of the face due to stress and the over production of oil. Great news – there is a way to reduce the appearance of breakouts!

We suggest

Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment

Our targeted spot treatment helps to rapidly reduce the appearance of acne breakouts. Formulated with Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) which provides conditioning while protecting skin from damaging free radicals and Sulphur which is a natural mineral known for its ability to reduce excess oil and prevent clogged pores while being super gentle on the skin.

Apply a thin layer to the blemish once daily. Allow formula to absorb before applying any subsequent products. Increase usage of Spot Treatment to two to three times daily as needed. Reduce the number of applications if dryness or peeling occurs.

Step 4: Apply a skin-strengthening and hydrating pre-serum
with Hyaluronic Acid

Vital Skin-Strengthening Hyaluronic Acid Super Serum
 

Our targeted spot treatment helps to rapidly reduce the appearance of acne breakouts. Formulated with Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) which provides conditioning while protecting skin from damaging free radicals and Sulphur which is a natural mineral known for it’s ability to reduce excess oil and prevent clogged pores while being super gentle on the skin. Apply a thin layer to the blemish once daily. Allow formula to absorb before applying any subsequent products. Increase usage of Spot Treatment to two to three times daily as needed. Reduce number of applications if dryness or peeling occurs.

We suggest

Vital Skin-Strengthening Hyaluronic Acid Super Serum

Our lightweight serum with Hyaluronic Acid helps to strengthen the skin, increasing moisture retention for improved skin resiliency, suppleness, and a youthful bounce. It also helps to resist against environmental stressors and restore healthy skin behaviour. Our formula contains a proprietary Adaptogenic Herban Complex and 11kDa Hyaluronic Acid - our smallest molecular form of Hyaluronic Acid.

To apply, evenly distribute 1-2 pumps over the entire face morning and night. Use before a concentrated serum or before applying a moisturizer.

Step 5: Calm blemishes and balance natural skin oils before you moisturise

Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate
 

Our lightweight calmative oil concentrate contains 100% naturally derived ingredients. It visibly reduces skin redness, calms stressed skin, strengthens the barrier, while helping balance the skin barrier. It is great from problem skins including those prone to blemishes. Our Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil is derived from cold-pressed Hemp seeds which are rich in fatty acids. Within our formula, it helps strengthen the skin’s barrier, reduce visible redness, and relieve discomfort while calming and soothing skin. Our formula also contains Oregano Oil which is known for it’s antimicrobial properties and great for purifying the skin.

We suggest

Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate

Our lightweight calmative oil concentrate contains 100% naturally derived ingredients. It visibly reduces skin redness, calms stressed skin, strengthens the barrier, while helping balance hydration. It is great from problem skins including those prone to blemishes. Our Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil is derived from cold-pressed Hemp seeds. Within our formula, it helps strengthen the skin’s barrier, reduce visible redness, and relieve discomfort while calming and soothing skin.

To apply, tap 1-2 drops all over freshly-cleansed skin, avoiding the immediate eye area. Use morning and night after a pre-serum and before applying a moisturizer.

Step 6: Strengthen skin barrier and lock in 24-hour hydration with a lightweight moisturiser

Ultra Facial Cream
 

Kiehl’s approach to healthy skin has always begun with strengthening the skin barrier and increasing epidermal hydration. This is even more important now, with masks compromising the skin barrier, which can lead to trans epidermal water loss.

We suggest

Ultra Facial Cream

Our lightweight Ultra Facial Cream provides 24-hour hydration while preventing water loss, strengthening, and restoring the skin’s moisture barrier. Ultra Facial Cream contains Squalane, which replenishes fatty acids and antioxidants in the skin’s natural barrier, and Glacial Glycoprotein Extract, which helps shield the skin from environmental damage and the cold.

To apply, place a small amount to clean fingertips. Massage onto face in an upward circular motion. Apply more cream to drier areas as desired.

Now you are armed with the ultimate skincare routine for “maskne”! We also recommend including mindful and selfcare practices into your routine.

Discover more skincare tips and tricks to keep your skin in shape or shop Kiehl’s best-sellers