Is 'maskne' really a thing? Everything you need to know about how to treat and prevent it.

Right now, it's mandatory to wear masks across multiple states to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In NSW, it's a requirement for anyone leaving the house to wear a face mask, except for when exercising. The same rules apply in ACT and Victoria.

In Queensland, residents must carry a face mask at all times and wear them in most indoor and outdoor spaces, if they've been in South East Queensland since 1am, June 29, unless 14 days have passed since they were last in the area. 

In South Australia, you need to wear a mask in indoor public spaces, and in Tasmania and Western Australia, there are a few circumstances (including when at an airport) where face masks are required.

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Since these updated rules, we've gathered all the information you need to know about what type of mask to buy, where to buy one, and why your skin is becoming so crappy underneath them.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Short answer: yes, probably.

But make sure to check the Australian Government Department of Health website to see whether the rules apply to your state.


OK, so what type of mask should I be buying?

"My preference is disposable masks so they can be clean and fresh daily; but if you are wearing a reusable mask, make sure to wash it daily," Northern Sydney Dermatology skincare expert Dr Nina Wines told Mamamia.

If you do opt for a reusable mask, the Australian Government recommends one that has three layers. The outer layer should be a water-resistant fabric (polyester) and the middle and inner layer should be a fabric blend (cotton or polycotton).

The most important factor is that the mask covers both your mouth and nose.

Where can I buy a mask from?

When it comes to actually purchasing a face mask, you are spoilt for choice. Here are our favourite options, including a bunch from female-owned brands.

Ostara Mask (3 Pack), $20.


Taradale Kitchen Co. Reusable Fabric Face Mask, $22.

Kuwaii Reusable Face Mask, $25. 


Aroma Baby Fabric Face Masks, $22.95 – $28.95.


Uniqlo AIRism Face Mask (3 Pack), $19.90.

Image: Uniqlo.

M.N.G Face Mask (2 Pack), $24.95. 

Image: The Iconic.


What is 'maskne'?

Speaking to Mamamia, Dr Wines describes 'maskne' as "acne due to the use of masks."

Since the pandemic started about 18 months ago, many people have experienced breakouts since masks were introduced.

But how do you prevent it?

"Cleanse your skin well prior to and after applying your mask and use a lightweight moisturiser as well so as not to block your pores," Dr Wines recommended. 

"A big must is to make sure you rarely touch your skin and mask with your hands. It may sound silly but try to wear minimal makeup beneath the mask, this helps avoid pores clogging."


If I've already got 'maskne', how do you treat it?

"It’s treated the same as normal acne and so prevention is best," Dr Wines told Mamamia.

"But if you end up suffering very severe acne due to the wearing of a mask long term it may be worth trialing a Fraxel treatment to help with any acne scarring that occurs."

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