Face mask acne: How to treat and beat maskne

It’s now compulsory to wear a face covering in shops, on public transport, and in many other indoor settings to prevent the spread of coronavirus. While some are taking this new rule in their stride and enjoying their new-found privacy on the train in the morning (don’t look @ me), others are battling a pandemic of their very own; maskne. Suddenly people who have never before struggled with acne-prone skin are fighting to keep the blemishes at bay, and experts believe masks are the culprit. And it’s not just acne: people are also seeing an increase in irritation, rosacea, redness and other skin issues. So, while you can’t get rid of your mask – doing so could land you with a fine of up to £100 –  there are things you can do to try and beat the maskne. We’re here to explain why this is happening to so many of us - and, more importantly, how we can get it under control.