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What Face Masks Are Good For Acne?

It wasn’t until the COVID pandemic that wearing face masks became mainstream due to their effectiveness in reducing the spread of infection carrying droplets as we breathe. 

While facemasks reduce the transmission of COVID, many people have got “mascne” in return. The annoying bumps, redness and irritation can be bothersome, though as masks continue to be mandatory in many locations, the wearing of them is, for the most part, non-negotiable. 

Instead, what’s needed is to find a solution that keeps everyone, most importantly safe, but also free from skin issues as a result of wearing a mask. In today’s post, we will be covering everything you need to know about “mascne”, along with how to both prevent it and treat it. 

Do Face Masks Bring Out Spots?

Mask acne aka. “mascne”, also known as “maskne”, is most associated with pimples, but it can also refer to the redness or irritation brought about by wearing face masks, especially for long periods. 

While, your acne may be caused by factors unrelated to face masks such as hormones, diet or the wrong skin care products, among many possible causes. Given face masks are a material that makes close contact with the skin for long periods; it’s worth considering they too can be a culprit of acne. The good news is that you can reduce spots caused by wearing a face mask with some simple tips so that you get the best of both worlds. 

How To Treat Face Mask Acne?

As with any type of acne or skin irritation, it’s always worth checking in with a dermatologist. However, there are some tips you can start right away to eliminate or reduce the risk of getting acne from wearing a face mask. 

A great skincare routine is top of the agenda and should be carried out every evening before you go to bed and once again when you wake up. A thorough skincare routine ideally consists of a cleanser, toner, serum, moisturiser, eye cream and SPF. But for “mascne” specifically, we’re going to concentrate on the cleanser, toner, and moisturiser to help keep your skin calm and acne-free. 


The cleanser you choose will differ depending on your skin type and whether or not it needs to remove makeup or simply the grime of the day. Either way, avoid the temptation to choose anything foaming which will only strip the skin instead of helping to replenish it. 

Cerave SA Cleanser has been recommended by skincare guru Caroline Hirons as both a product to help acne and “mascne” in one. Do a double cleanse and remove with a clean, warm face flannel and gently pat your skin dry before moving onto toning.  

Alternatively, gel or balm cleansers (as opposed to foaming cleansers) are ideal for acne. Spend time massaging the product into the chin, lines around the mouth and hairline so that traces of makeup or sweat aren’t left behind. 


Anything containing salicylic or glycolic within a toner is great for acne. Pixi is a notable mention as their products help with acne and contain soothing ingredients such as aloe, which calm the skin at the same time. 

Pixi’s iconic products include Glow Tonic and Clarity Tonic, which was brought out at the height of the pandemic to help “mascne” sufferers. Pixi products are also alcohol-free, affordable and not tested on animals which are excellent pros. 


When your skin is unhappy, the last thing you need to add is a greasy, clogging moisturiser. A staple favourite among the beauty world is Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre. It has a nourishing formula without any of the pore-blocking ingredients.

Avoid fragrance, essential oils or shea butter within moisturisers as these are known acne triggers. 

How To Prevent Face Mask Acne?

As well as following a diligent skincare routine, mask acne can be reduced by switching to a reusable face mask, ensuring you wash it every day. For that reason, you may want to have a couple of face masks on hand so that you always have a clean and dry one at the ready. 

Other tips are to avoid wearing makeup around your chin, especially if you can help it. That’s because, with a mask added on top, there is a lack of fresh air getting to the skin. Makeup, sweat, dirt, pollution and general grime can get trapped between your skin and the mask. 

Although it’s not possible to remove a mask in designated areas when it’s safe to do so (especially outside), allowing fresh air to reach your skin can help break the cycle. 

Also, avoid touching your face wherever possible. For example, many people touch their phone screen or keyboard then their face, transferring bacteria between the two. So keep your surfaces sanitised daily and avoid contact wherever possible. 

What Is The Best Face Mask For Acne?

Cotton has long been associated with its breathable properties, making it an ideal choice for acne sufferers when it comes to face masks. Silk is another option, though the downsides of silk are that it is far more costly to purchase and not as easy to wash versus cotton.

As cotton face masks are easier and cheaper to produce and can also be washed at higher temperatures, they are our material of choice. Compared with disposable masks, you will also notice an increased comfort level with cotton face masks. 

Whichever face mask material you opt for, it is recommended to switch out your mask for a clean one every 4 hours. Also, be sure to wash your hands before and after touching your mask. 

Washing Face Masks

The beauty of reusable face masks is that they can be washed and worn again. The exact amount of usage will differ depending on the material, though here at Mask4Life, we always state the usage amount on our product descriptions, which can be up to 60 days for some types. 

You must remember to wash your face mask at the end of each day, as it’s so easy to forget. We recommend setting a reminder on your phone for this very reason. Another top tip is to add some antibacterial detergent, which will also help kill germs, whether related to the virus or acne. 

Find out more in our previous blog

Cotton Face Masks Like M4L Masks

Many of our face masks are made from cotton either entirely or as a blend with other materials. Some of our  Standard Facemasks are 100% cotton and are available in 3 different colours. 

Crucially, this face mask can be washed at up to 60 degrees, helping to kill bacteria. As mentioned, disposable masks or those made from inferior materials cannot be washed at higher temperatures, making it easier for acne-causing bacteria (let alone COVID containing droplets) to remain on the surface. 

So if you or anyone you know is concerned about “mascne”, then it’s time to opt for a cotton face mask instead. 

Changing Often – M4L Offer Bulk Discount

The key to your health and hygiene, in addition to fighting acne, is regularly changing your face mask. Doing so will mean less sweat, and bacteria will collect on the surface of the mask, reducing the chance of it blocking your pores. 

Here at Mask4Life, we sell all of our face masks in bulk, ranging between 5 to 5,000 units. We sell to a variety of sectors, including office, retail, education, hospitality and many more. Having several face masks at your disposal will mean you will always be able to wear a clean one. 

Compared with buying individual masks, purchasing in bulk allows you to make incredible savings, with our masks working out as little as 50p per mask. On the high street, individual masks can cost anywhere between £5 and £40 on average.

Buy Face Masks Online UK

Mask4Life is a supplier of face masks in the UK. We sell various types of face masks, including “mascne” friendly cotton ones. 

We’d highly recommend purchasing face masks for your business, customers or clients so that you always have a face mask on hand. Compared with our above tips on how to avoid “mascne”, you will be able to enjoy an enhanced wearing experience with the softer material our cotton face masks provide. 

To browse our full range of UK face masks, please visit our shop. Alternatively, if you have any queries or are interested in custom branded face masks, please contact us, and our friendly team will be in touch.