How to keep your skin healthy while wearing a face mask

Don't suffer from maskne or rash-like sores in silence! Follow these key steps for glowing skin while wearing a face covering.

Updated . What changed?

Fact checked

Chances are you’re doing your bit right now and wearing a face mask every day to stop the spread of COVID-19.

This is all very necessary of course, but regular mask-wearing can wreak havoc with our skin, which is not ideal, to say the least.

Whether it’s acne you’re struggling with (otherwise known as maskne), or just irritated, rash-like patches that leave your face feeling sore, you don’t have to put up with it anymore.

These are the steps you should follow to keep your skin looking smooth, spot-free and as healthy as possible under that face covering of yours… you might even spot a discount to help you with costs, too!

Cleanse twice a day

Maskne is a horrid side-effect of prolonged mask-wearing, which includes increased acne and pimples around the cheeks, nose and mouth. Most of the time this will be caused by sweating under the mask, which becomes trapped, especially in warmer weather.

To remove as much of this excess sweat as possible, cleanse morning and night with a mild skin cleanser, followed by a dash of toner and serums to hydrate your skin before bed.

Pick breathable fabric masks

The major culprit for excess sebum (oil) production on your skin is likely to be disposable masks, which are made from synthetic fibres. This means the area under your mask is going to produce more moisture and get trapped more easily.

To remedy this, we recommend wearing a cotton, silk or bamboo face mask for prolonged wearing (especially on warmer days). The materials are kinder to your skin and should leave your face feeling fresher.

Slip Reusable Face Covering - Leopard
Slip Reusable Face Covering - Leopard

LOOKFANTASTIC

Hand sanitise it up

When you’re out and about, we recommend not touching your face at all. This is mainly to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but we know that sometimes that can be impossible. Ensure you carry a bottle of hand sanitiser with you when you leave the house and make sure to use it whenever you touch a new surface.

That way if you need to bring your hands to your face at any point, you shouldn’t have any bacteria, germs or nasties on your fingers that could add to the excess sebum trapped beneath your mask, as well as reducing the chances of you catching the virus.

Connock London Kukui Oil Hand Sanitiser 75ml
Connock London Kukui Oil Hand Sanitiser 75ml

HQhair

Magnitone SuperNaturals Derm It! Waterless Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitiser Gel 50ml
Magnitone SuperNaturals Derm It! Waterless Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitiser Gel 50ml

LOOKFANTASTIC

Creams, creams, creams

If you’re suffering more from itchiness and irritation rather than maskne itself, this will be due to the lack of air under the mask area. Without allowing the skin to breathe properly, the face may become rashy, dry and sore around the mouth, lower cheeks and chin.

The best way to combat this is to get yourself a heavy-duty night cream, which will help to soothe any sore areas overnight and leave your complexion looking calmer and better-nourished the next day.

Aesop Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream 120ml
Aesop Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream 120ml

Mankind

Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream 50ml
Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream 50ml

LOOKFANTASTIC

Look after those lips

Yes, skin is going to be the worst affected area, but your lips may also suffer when wearing face masks.

They may become dry, especially if you have bigger lips that tend to graze the mask more. We recommend carrying a lip balm with you when you’re out and about to moisturise your lips whenever you need to.

Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi Balm Peach 10g
Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi Balm Peach 10g

Beauty Expert

Discount codes and deals

LOOKFANTASTICLOOKFANTASTIC
Sale!

Save up to 30% in the Winter Sale!

Save up to 30% in the Winter Sale at Lookfantastic! T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal
Sale!

Deal ends

MankindMankind
Top deal!

Save up to 20% on your order at Mankind!

Enter this code at the checkout and get up to 20% off your order! T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Top deal!
Beauty ExpertBeauty Expert
Top deal!

Save up to 20% on your order at Beauty Expert!

Use this discount code at the checkout to get up to 20% on your order at Beauty Expert. Grab a beauty bargain today. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Top deal!
HQhairHQhair
Top deal!

Save up to 25% off your haul at HQhair!

Grab a bargain today with this discount code at Hqhair! T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Top deal!
LOOKFANTASTICLOOKFANTASTIC
Top deal!

Save 10% on selected products!

Need to update your beauty bag? Shop now and get 10% off selected products from LOOKFANTASTIC with this promo code. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Top deal!
LOOKFANTASTICLOOKFANTASTIC
Huge!

Save up to 50% on incredible brands!

Looking to stock up on some beauty products? Make a use of this special offer from Lookfantastic and save up to 50% today! T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal
Huge!

Deal ends

LOOKFANTASTICLOOKFANTASTIC

Save 25% on selected Elizabeth Arden!

Enjoy 25% off Elizabeth Arden products at Lookfantastic now! T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Discount code ends

LOOKFANTASTICLOOKFANTASTIC

Save 33% on selected Lancôme

Specialising in fragrance, skincare and make-up, Lancôme is one of the world's leading luxury beauty brands. Shop all the Lancôme beauty products available on Lookfantastic now. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Deal ends

LOOKFANTASTICLOOKFANTASTIC
Popular!

Save 25% on selected Elizabeth Arden!

Fragrances to inspire, revitalise & invigorate. Envelope yourself in sensuous scents each day with these memorable fragrances from Elizabeth Arden. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal
Popular!

Deal ends

LOOKFANTASTICLOOKFANTASTIC

20% off selected Origins

Save 20% off selected Origins at lookfantastic now! T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Deal ends

More guides on Finder

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder.com provides guides and information on a range of products and services. Because our content is not financial advice, we suggest talking with a professional before you make any decision.

By submitting your comment or question, you agree to our Privacy and Cookies Policy and Terms of Use.

Questions and responses on finder.com are not provided, paid for or otherwise endorsed by any bank or brand. These banks and brands are not responsible for ensuring that comments are answered or accurate.
Go to site