‘Everyone needs to try the $18 face cream that fixed my maskne’

First it was iso-skin and now the biggest skin problem people are facing is maskne: acne caused by regularly wearing face masks.

It’s becoming a growing problem as mask usage has become mandatory in Victoria and residents in every state around the nation are being urged to wear masks when out in public. But although practicing good mask hygiene is key to averting or even lessening the severity of maskne, there may be another (and cheap) solution. Just ask Lauren Wild.

Wild suffers from perioral dermatitis (PD) – a stress-induced skin disorder – which leaves her whole face covered in a red rash.

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Her doctor had prescribed her a steroid cream – but it only exacerbated the condition. Soon, Wild’s face became raw, makeup “burnt” her skin and it hurt to wash her face even using the most sensitive of cleansers.

“I came out in awful red patches and my eyes, near my eyebrows and the triangle from my nose and mouth were the worst affected, which is typical of PD. It was red raw, dry and everything I put on or near my face burned,” Wild recalls.

“I was feeling extremely self-conscious and upset as I had a corporate job and it was highly embarrassing. Presentation is very important and my skin condition was really affecting my confidence as there was no way I was able to hide it – even make-up would make it burn and made it look worse.”

That was until she came across MooGoo’s $18.50 Eczema and Psoriasis Cream, where she started to really see results.

“I was starting to think I would have to just live with this awful skin condition but remembered how a girlfriend of mine who had undergone chemo kept talking about how she used MooGoo and how wonderful it was, so I thought I’d give it a try.”

She used this in conjunction with the brand’s Milk Wash and experienced instant relief “for the first time”.

“Once it calmed down, I switched to the Soothing MSM Cream. It took a couple of months, but my PD has cleared up and remained at bay.”

How to stop maskne

On top of using correct skincare products to ease any skin irritation caused by face mask usage, you must also ensure you’re following stringent hygiene practices.

“You must follow strict hygiene practices when wearing masks and ensure you change your mask every 4 hours,” Skin Renu’s clinic practitioner, Sylvia Down, previously told Body+Soul. “If you notice any dampness within the mask you should change it immediately, however if you use a reusable mask it’s best to wash it daily for maximum hygiene.

“When you take your mask off it is important to be aware of where you are putting it down, so it does not attract more bacteria to its cloth surface. It is also worth hanging up your mask once you have washed it in the sun to air dry as the UV light will help to kill bacteria.”

For a full rundown of the perfect skincare routine to stop maskne, head here.