Face Masks and Acne

Thursday, 23 July 2020 Birmingham, UK

Face Masks and Acne

Face Masks and Acne

Face Masks and Acne

With lockdown easing, face masks are fast becoming our go to accessory. Wether it’s a mandatory requirement while you’re shopping, or an an optional one while walking with friends, the face mask has become our new best friends. And while we can all be thankful to each each other for preventing the spread, I dunno about you, but my skin most definitely isn’t sharing the same excitement. It hates the mask. Skin and mask, not friends. 

And thus begins our new joyous conundrum of staying inside alone, with glowing, clear skin, or venturing back out into the wild, with a small population brewing under your mask. What a time to be alive! 

I’ve been searching desperately for some advice and tips on how to help ease this fabulous new skin condition, so I thought I’d share a few titbits that might help you too! 

Let’s start at the beginning; as I’m sure everyone knows, pimples are caused by pores getting clogged by excess sebum, makeup, sweat, dirt and bacteria. (Which is just grim to even write let alone think of going on on your face, but there we are.) Throughout the day, our skin cells usually shed, stopping the buildup getting clogged in our pores. So far, so good. Enter the mask. This is were it all starts to go wrong. The wearing of a face mask, hinders this process, and traps cells and grime. What. A. Treat. To add to this, some of us have been experiencing some beautiful weather lately. While this would usually help our blemishes, unfortunately now it’s causing us to sweat more under our masks, which is making the peeerfect moist (sorry) environment for the bacteria to go wild in. 


Do not fear, treating face mask acne, or facne as I’ve decided to call it, is not as hard as you think. For anyone else who has experienced acne at its life consuming full, you’ll know how much working out it takes to track down your triggers. Food groups, dietary, water intake, chemical ingredients, the list is endless. However in this situation, we know what the trigger of our new friends on our cheeks and chin is. The mask. 

Something I do every night when wearing makeup, is double cleanse. But now weather I’ve dolled myself up or not, I double cleans to make sure my make residue has gone. I like to use an oil based cleaner first, such as this No.7 one, to lift and break away and makeup and grime from the day, following with more of a treatment cleanser, such as this on Bybi. I like to wipe all this off with a warm muslin cloth to ensure every last speck has gone, especially any SPF which has a cute habit of sticking around. My skin feels extra clean, but doesn’t feel stripped of any oils drying it out.

Next I like to use a gentle Retinol Toner. I’ve been using the Pixi Retinol Tonic for a while now, and I’ve never had a problem with it. It’s strong enough to encourage those pesky little spots to do one, but also not too aggressive causing my skin to purge. 
Follow with some calming and balancing products- When my skins are it’s worst, I use the Bybi CBD Oil,  which, with soothing benefits, helps calm breakouts and spots, while the hemp seed oil helps to regulate the skins sebum, keeping the skin niiice and soft. 

Now to moisturisers. Since the beginning of time, the idea of putting moisturisers on my broken out skin is not something I find natural. In my head, putting extra moisture into some of these angry spots doesn’t seem the best idea, and instead I should just leave them, but it’s still important to keep your skin moisturised. The creams I have be using have been a rotation of the Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate, and a basic Nivea one. But recently I’ve actually been raiding my moms beauty draw and issuing some good old Astral Cream. Sometimes when my skins really bad, I try to use products which are safe for people who have suffered with skin cancer. My skin is actually that sensitive sometimes, so I know that will be gentle enough on my skin, and for a quick fix, Astral has really been the gold for me! 

So it seems the trusty face mask is here to say, so I’d advise stocking up on a few resealable ones you can wash after every use and keep fresh. Try to find some nice cotton or silk ones which are good quality, breathable, and soft.  It also goes without saying, that a reusable mask is much more sustainable, a much better option for the planet. Win! 

I hope this has helped you a bit, and I your face mask induced acne calms down asap!
If you have any tips of your own, please share them in the comments below, or DM me on insta

Thanks so much for reading, 
Sending clear skin vibes your way,
Rosie xxx

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