Is your Mask Causing Acne? Here’s what You Need to Know!
- Posted on: Feb 14 2021
Acne is a problem that affects millions of teens and adults, often without identifiable triggers. We like when we can understand the reason something happens, like acne because then we have some idea how to manage it. In the last 12 months, with people wearing masks much of the time, we’ve seen an influx of complaints that can be placed under the umbrella of maskne. Maskne isn’t your run-of-the-mill acne flareup, it could also appear as new or worsening perioral dermatitis, contact dermatitis, rosacea, or eczema.
Wearing a mask creates a warm, humid environment around the mouth and nose. This is the ideal environment for yeast, bacteria, and other flora to thrive. Thriving microorganisms can irritate the skin, resulting in “maskne” breakouts.
Can I Prevent Maskne?
Because we know that breathing and talking with a mask over the mouth and nose can foster bacteria and other organisms, we have some idea how to manage the risk of breakouts. Tips include:
- Care for your mask. If you wear a disposable mask, do not reuse it. If you purchase a reusable mask, choose a fabric that breathes, like cotton. Avoid polyester and rayon masks. Purchase at least two reusable masks, and wash them frequently in a fragrance-free detergent. Placing the mask in the dryer on medium or high heat kills bacteria.
- Alter your skincare. Due to our mask-wearing, we must prioritize daily skincare. Wash the skin daily with a mild, non-abrasive cleanser. Use a moisturizer that is appropriate for your skin type. Oily skin does best with a light product. Dry skin responds well to a thicker moisturizer with ceramide or hyaluronic acid.
What if My Mask Causes Breakouts?
If skincare strategies have not provided the relief you need from mask-related breakouts, the best next step is to see a dermatologist. Dr. Jennifer Trent is a well-known dermatologist in Sarasota for her friendly manner and professional experience. Dr. Trent performs a thorough examination for each patient to identify the condition that must be treated. Based on her examination, she can develop a treatment plan to promote optimal dermatologic health. Maskne may be treated with prescription creams or medications, laser treatment, chemical peels, or other modalities.
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