Which is the best mask to use to prevent Maskne outbreak – reusable or disposable mask?

Which is the best mask to use to prevent Maskne outbreak – reusable or disposable mask?
  • 23 November 2021
  • Healthsprings Aesthetics

Which is the best mask to use to prevent Maskne outbreak?

Covid’s birthday has just passed! This means that we have been wearing masks every single day (if you head out) for almost a year! Jokes aside, we understand your pain and we are all in this together. Not to worry because in this article, we will be sharing with you which masks cause more maskne and how we can better prevent them!

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What is Maskne and how is it formed?

According to www.dictionary.com, Maskne refers to any acne or skin irritation that results on a person’s face from long hours of wearing masks, especially on areas covered by the mask – around and on the nose and chin. Maskne can also be caused by a mixture of stress, sweat, friction and other repeated pressures on the skin.

Which masks cause more Maskne?
There are many different types of masks out there:
-Surgical mask
-Disposable face mask
-Cloth mask
-N95 respirator
-Home-made masks (eg. fashioned out from neck gaiters, scarves and bandanas)


“Generally, material which is soft and smooth causes less maskne, and the disposable ones can cause allergy because of dust since they are stored in a warehouse before reaching us.” said Dr Soh, the founder and director of the Healthsprings group of family practice and medical aesthetic clinics.

For fabric mask, the filtration effectiveness of the cloth masks is generally lower than that of medical masks and respirators, but they still provide some protection if they are well-designed and used correctly. There are also multi-layer cloth masks that are made up of water-resistant fabric with good amount of threads and finer weave for extra protection, that is designed to fit well around the face.

Airtight masks that provide more airtight protection such as N95 respirator, can lead to skin irritation and should not be used by the general public. They are only suitable for use by healthcare personnel (HCP).

How to prevent Maskne?

1) Consider cotton and light weight fabrics masks

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They are generally more breathable and comfortable, and at the same time, you can save the earth! It is also advisable to wash your masks daily, preferably with a non-scented soap if you have sensitive skin.

For some reasons if you have to wear disposable face mask,
a) Try changing to a new one every 4 to 6 hours eg. after meals, to keep your face clean.
b) Take mask ‘breaks’ to allow your skin to breathe.

2) Go for an Anti-Maskne treatment

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In Healthsprings, we provide Anti-Maskne Treatment @ $138 Nett with a complimentary Soothing Lip & Eye Mask for you!

Our 60-Minutes Treatment Package Includes:
✔️ Deep Detox Cleansing
✔️ Medical-Grade Peel & Exfoliation
✔️ Multi-wavelength LED Skin Therapy to Treat Skin Troubles (Acne, Pigmentation Removal, Uneven Skin Tone, etc)
✔️ Multi-Vitamin Face Mask to repair, rejuvenate and shield

You can also try our formulated by a doctor to treat your skin. It is suitable for people with sensitive skin, as well as oily skin.

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Benefits of Anti-Maskne skincare set:
✔️Cleanse – Dissolves impurities without stripping moisture from the skin
✔️Tone and Balance – Energizes skin and soothes irritation. Restores natural balance of skin.
✔️Treat and Repair – Treats acne, pigmentation, fine lines. Regenerates healthy skin cells for glowy skin.
✔️Hydrate and Protect – Protects moisture barrier with oil-free, non-comedogenic lotion and prevents further breakouts.

You can shop for our Anti-Maskne skincare sets at our website, clinic and various social media platforms – Shopify, Shopee, Lazada and Amazon. Also, you can have a complimentary tele consult with our aesthetician before you make a purchase.

Please contact us at +65 68368386 for book enquiries or if you have further questions.
Healthsprings Laser and Aesthetic Clinic (Orchard) is at 541 Orchard Road, #10-01 Liat Towers, Singapore 238881