Treatment and Care for Maskne
Until a cure or a vaccine for COVID-19 is made available, we may have to deal with maskne for a long time. Thankfully, it is a skin condition that can be treated and prevented with appropriate medication and proper skin care.
Maskne Skin Care Treatment
Maskne reportedly responds well to salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and similar medication. A common treatment for mild cases is the daily use of facial cleansers or body wash with salicylic acid. Benzoyl peroxide creams or lotions are also effective in fighting maskne. Just be wary of how much and how often you apply it to prevent excessive dryness or peeling. Use sparingly at first, then gradually increase application to no more than twice a day.
The occasional use of dandruff shampoo with ketoconazole or selenium sulfide has also been found helpful in calming inflamed skin and removing yeast buildup around the nose and mouth. You can try using dandruff shampoo once or twice a week to see if it will alleviate your symptoms.
Some have also reported good results with diaper rash ointment, since mild symptoms of maskne are pretty much the same as that of a diaper rash. Whatever products you want to try, avoid those with powerful acids, such as alpha hydroxy acids, chemical peels, and retin A. These can further damage your already fragile skin barrier and make it even more sensitive.
Maskne Skin Care Routine
To help keep maskne at bay and prevent further breakouts, simplify your skin care routine and avoid the overuse of skincare products.
Cleanse your face twice a day using mild soap. You can also try using medicated cleansers with benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid, or salicylic acid for moderate to severe cases. Just make sure they are in low concentrations to avoid irritations.
After cleansing, pat your face dry with a clean towel and put on light sunscreen or moisturizer. During the day, wait for your skin to fully absorb your sunscreen before putting on a face mask. This would take an additional 15 minutes or more of your routine, but it’s important to do it. At night, use moisture-rich cream to help repair the skin barrier and hydrate your skin.