Safety Precautions Lead to "Maskne"

These days most of us are wearing facemasks. But while we're protecting each other, some of us are developing what's being called “Maskne.”

“Maskne” is acne that pops up around the areas of your face covered by protective masks, and dermatologist Dr. Samer Jaber, says it’s likely caused by the “moist, humid environment” in the mask “as it traps your breath, skin oils and sweat, leading to irritation, rashes and acne.”

What can you do about it? Here's a few simple suggestions:

  • If it’s safe to do so, take your mask off when you can to let your face breathe.
  • Wash your face twice a day with a cleanser that’s good for your skin type.
  • Use moisturizer in the areas of your skin irritated by the mask.
  • Make sure you let your mask dry out after each wear.
  • Wash your facemasks regularly.
  • Try not wearing makeup under your mask.

If you’ve already developed some breakouts, do a “spot treatment” with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or glycolic acid, or use hydrocortisone cream to reduce inflammation, although he warms that some of these treatments can make things worse. You can also see a dermatologist virtually who may be able to help. 

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