The Ugly Truth About Maskne and How to Avoid It
In the era of COVID-19, wearing a mask is the new normal. While covering your nose and mouth may help slow the spread of the coronavirus, wearing a mask for long periods of time can cause other issues, like maskne – mask-related acne.
Maskne has always been an issue for healthcare workers, but with the general public now wearing masks on a daily basis, dermatologists are seeing an uptick in cases.
Whether you’re dealing with maskne yourself or want to avoid it in the future, you may be wondering what causes this condition and how you can avoid it.
What Causes Maskne?
Maskne, or acne mechanica, can be caused by many things. Masks can cause rubbing, friction, pressure and stretching that irritates sensitive parts of your face. Maskne can develop anywhere a mask touches your face, including the edges, but it tends to affect the chin, tip of the nose, and areas surrounding the nose.
Breathing and talking also creates a hot, humid environment inside of your mask, which is the perfect breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria.
The combination of bacterial growth and friction can cause acne and other skin conditions, such as perioral dermatitis.
The ugly truth is that maskne can affect anyone, even those who never had issues with acne. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to treat and even prevent maskne.
Adopting a health and consistent skincare routine is the first step to treating maskne.
Use a Gentle Cleanser and Wash Your Face Regularly
Masks are the new norm, so you’re still going to contend with irritation from your face mask. For this reason, it’s important to use a gentle cleanser that won’t cause further irritation.
If you have severe maskne, try using a cleanser with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
Wash your face regularly:
After wearing your mask for a long period of time