How I Prevent Mask Acne

Mask Acne, the new trend

Since we all have to wear face masks during Covid- 19, I have been suffering on an off from mask acne (maskne apparently). Not only that, I have had a lot of customers coming in with various issues surrounding mask and skin problems. It is pretty common, the skin now has something that can accumulate bacteria, that’s never a good thing. Second, I have to wear it for long hours, my typical work shift is 10 hours.

Why I Get Maskne

I am not sure about you, but my combination skin is a problem, the pores get blocked and viola out comes one pimple. I do have customer coming in asking me about redness and little spots, and they tell me that they wash their fabric mask once every few days. That is horrifying, because I have to change my surgical face mask every 4 hours! Imagine the buildup of bacteria and dead skin sitting on your face.


You should wash those masks every day and change them at least every few hours.

What I am using

Luxury Brand: Lancome Advanced Genifique Sensitive

Lancome Advanced Genifique Sensitive
Lancome Advanced Genifique Sensitive

My staff, who is also a Lancome trained consultant, recommends this product as a treatment. This is my 2nd time using the Genifique sensitive. It is a 1 month treatment that contains Ferulic acid and Vitamin E with probiotic extracts. Essentially resetting the skin into a balance of flora. You use this every night, after cleansing. While I am using this treatment, I stopped using the store brand below, just to see if this actually works.

This is me on day one, without filters and bad lighting. Pretty obvious that I have spots and my skin’s pretty sad looking.

This is me tonight, also without filter, but still bad lighting. I am terrible at taking photos (I know).

A little clearer skin with more radiance, perhaps? The laugh lines is lighter, but I have not had any acne for 2 weeks now. I think it is a great product. For a one month treatment, it can be quite expensive. It retails at $118 here in Australia for a 20ml bottle, and it has a short lifespan of a month as well. Does it work? Yes. Is it worth the money, well…. perhaps?

Store Brand: La Roche Posay Effaclar K(+)

La Roche-Posay Effaclar K(+)
La Roche-Posay Effaclar K(+)

This somehow does not appear in the Amazon, it is not the same as the medicated gel, because the La Roche Posay Effaclar K (+) contains airlicum, which they say can absorb high amount of sebum. I was using this until I start my Lancome Genifique Sensitive. The Effaclar K(+) also contains vitamin E and carnosine as anti-oxidant. It uses LHA and salicylic acid to unclog pores. The three ingredients target 3 specific reasons why you might get mask acne:

    1. Anti-oxidant to stop free- radicals from causing inflammation
    2. Airlicum that absorbs sebum to stop it from clogging up pores
    3. Keratolytics (LHA and Salicylic acid) to unclog pores and reduce dead skin buildup

I stopped using this for a while, because I needed to see if the Lancome works. The Effaclar K(+) is good at stopping me from getting more pimples, but it did not help with the ones that are already out. Plus, I was a little curious to see if one was better than the other.

The brand uses La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water in all their products, so you will also get the benefit from that too. You can read about the story here. For mask acne, this sets me back AUD $32. Wit the K(+), you use this twice a day on clean face, after serum.

What’s the verdict?

If you want to prevent mask acne, then the Effaclar K(+) is a wonderful product to start with, because it works! But since I am already suffering, the Lancome Advanced Genifique Sensitive is a better choice for a reset. Both deliver what they claim to do, if you are wondering.

Which is a better choice for you?

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