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Unmasking the Truth About Makeup and Masks

1. Does wearing makeup under your mask break you out even more than regular maskne? 

Unfortunately, the addition of makeup under a mask can lead to additional congestion and clogged pores. This, in turn, can cause more consistent breakouts.  

2. Should people only be wearing makeup on the top half of their face? 

When possible, I tell my patients to go completely makeup-free. Otherwise, proper mask hygiene like washing everyday is imperative.  If people choose to skip the makeup altogether, it is important that their daily antioxidants and sunscreens are still applied.

3. What can people do to prevent getting acne while wearing makeup under their mask? 

There are several ways you can help prevent breakouts from frequent mask wearing. First, it is crucial that masks be washed frequently. In addition, using a fragrance-free laundry detergent is recommended, as fragrances can leave skin feeling irritated. Makeup, dirt, oils, and bacteria gather on your mask throughout the day, so it is best to wash after each use. Secondly, using medical-grade skincare products, like SkinCeuticals, and having a daily and nightly skincare regimen will help maintain healthy skin and protect it from all environmental factors. While washing your face with a gentle cleanser every morning and night will remove oils and bacteria that have gathered under you mask all day, carrying out a full regimen will help to keep skin clear, even, and glowing all the time. Further, keeping skin hydrated with moisturizer will help to act as a barrier between your face and the mask, which reduces friction and irritation.  

4. Why does makeup break you out? Why does the mask break you out? 

Breakouts occur for so many reasons, from genes and hormone changes, to clogged pores and other more serious skincare conditions. While it does not directly cause acne, makeup lends itself to breakouts because it clogs pores, trapping in whatever dirt, oils, and bacteria are on your face, fostering the growth of acne-causing bacteria. Masks trap your breath and sweat, causing a humid, sticky environment where acne-causing bacteria thrives. In addition, the constant pressure and friction from the mask rubbing against your skin can irritate it, causing bruising and discoloration in addition to acne. If these issues persist, it is best to see a board-certified dermatologist for possible solutions.  

5. What would you recommend to fix this? 

If wearing makeup is a must in your daily life, following simple steps, like frequently washing your mask and being sure to maintain a good skincare regimen will help correct and prevent mask-causing breakouts. In addition, choosing lightweight makeup that is good for your skin, like the Dermablend Flawless Creator, can help lessen these breakouts when they do happen.