• This last year has seen a rise in "maskne," the nickname for acne triggered by protective face masks.
  • The best masks for people with acne-prone skin are made with fabric like cotton, silk, or rayon.
  • Synthetic materials can trap moisture and bacteria, which is why it's best to avoid them if you are prone to pimples.

People with acne-prone skin, like me, may have noticed acne getting worse around the area your mask tends to cover. You have tried everything to calm the irritation and inflammation, but maskne seems undefeatable. Let's get to the root of the problem and use protective face masks made with the right fabrics suitable for acne-prone skin.

According to celebrity aesthetician Natalie Aguilar, people with acne-prone skin should use "ultra-lightweight, soft, breathable, and sweat-absorbing masks, preferably made of natural materials such as cotton, silk, or rayon. They should be free from polyester and synthetic fibers because synthetic fibers such as nylon, spandex, and latex can irritate the skin and cause even more inflammation to already sensitive skin. These synthetic materials don't breathe as well as natural fibers and can even cause textile dermatitis."

Make sure you use a fresh and clean mask every day and wash your mask after every use. Not only is this a good habit to remain safe and protected, but also to keep your skin maskne-free. Protective face masks are not going anywhere any time soon; why not invest in a few that are made for your skin type?

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