5 Insanely Easy & Effective Ways to Conquer Maskne

by Kayla Reusche on February 12, 2021

Our new normal has created a new problem, & it’s got a name: maskne.

What’s the deal, world? We already have to watch out for a laundry list of other contributors to acne - stress, diet, hormones… did we really need another problem that breaks our skin out?! 

What is maskne, anyway? Maskne - mask acne - occurs when we talk or breathe in a face mask, forcing the hot air, oils, sweat & makeup to get trapped & cause skin irritation. 

It sounds pretty difficult to avoid, but have no fear, we are here to help! We gathered our top tips to help clear up & prevent maskne.

1. Wash your masks frequently. 

It sounds like a no-brainer, but we’re also guilty of letting this responsibility get pushed to the side. Washing your face masks frequently & often is an easy way to make sure you’re not wearing the same bacteria around your face every day. 

Pretty Tip: Make sure you’re using a non-irritable laundry soap like our Pretty Everything Soap!

2. Let your skin breathe overnight.

Make the most of your time mask-free by letting your skin breathe. Don’t forget that it’s totally OK to take breaks from makeup & prioritize your skincare routine if you’re experiencing major maskne.


Removing your makeup at night has never been more crucial. Our wide variety of makeup removers & beauty balms ensure that you’re taking the day off without irritating your skin.

3. Touch your face less.

Did we catch you touching your face as you read this? We touch our faces a lot more than we think. The irritation caused by our masks only worsens as we repetitively touch or rub our skin throughout the day. If you’re constantly adjusting your mask or resting your face on your hands, a good way to stop aggravating your skin is by wearing face masks that properly fit. 

It’s a hard habit to break, but if you absolutely must touch your face, make sure to wash your hands first!

4. Wear skin-friendly fabric. 

Picking out face masks that not only protect yourself but also don't irritate your skin can be tricky. It’s even trickier to find face masks that are long-lasting & keep their form through every wash.

Link to Capsule Organic Cotton Face Mask

Looking for a reusable face mask that won’t irritate your skin? Our favorite masks are from Capsule! They're comfortable, breathable, easy to clean & get major bonus points for being stylish too.

5. Add acne-fighting products into your skincare routine. 

Thankfully, maskne can be treated & prevented at home. We recommend sticking to a solid skincare routine that includes a cleanser, toner, exfoliant, spot treatment & moisturizer.

These are some of our top recommendations to kick your maskne to the curb.

Fresh Face Grapefruit + Charcoal Clearing Cleanser The secret to treating acne is in the ingredients! This cleanser is packed full of a combination of acne-fighting ingredients like organic aloe leaf juice, activated charcoal, organic grapefruit essential oil & organic jojoba seed oil. 

Organic Peppermint + Willow Bark Clarifying Toner Our Peppermint Toner not only works to treat acne, but also deeply cleans, tones & tightens, making it a staple in your routine. The natural salicylic acid of white willow bark extract is a powerhouse when it comes to fighting acne!

Fresh Face Grapefruit + Jojoba Balancing Moisturizer Don't forget to moisturize! Wearing a face mask all the time can contribute to dry skin, & our Fresh Face Moisturizer will help neutralize acne while adding necessary hydration.

Blue Tansy + Borage Beauty Sleep Perfecting Serum This customer-favorite skincare product truly does it all! Our Blue Tansy Beauty Sleep is a product we recommend to just about everyone because it’s just that good! The antibacterial & antifungal properties in blue tansy essential oil & borage oil help soothe inflammation & calm acne.

Organic Coconut + Peppermint Sugar Scrub No matter your skin type, exfoliating is always an important step. When it comes to acne-prone skin, exfoliating can help reduce acne by removing the dead skin that clogs facial pores. Our organic Sugar Scrubs are a must in any skincare lineup.

Peppermint + Kaolin Toning Mud Mask Pull out those toxins! This mud mask can be used as an overnight spot treatment or applied all over a freshly washed face to refresh & soothe your skin. To use as a spot treatment, simply apply to any blemishes before bed & let the mask work its magic overnight.

Still wondering what products would be best for you? We'd love to help! Text us at 877-773-8890 or email us at hello@rootpretty.com for a personalized skincare routine. After all, we’re truly in this together!


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