In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, wearing a face mask has become part of our daily routine. It’s now required in many public places, such as restaurants and grocery stores, as a barrier against the new coronavirus that spreads through respiratory droplets.
If you develop breakouts from wearing a mask, you’re not alone. This condition, known as “maskne” (mask acne), is a common side effect of using a mask.
Maskne doesn’t simply cause pimples, though. It may also result in skin issues including redness, bumpiness, and irritation.
What causes maskne?
Because maskne can involve various skin conditions, the exact cause of your symptoms may vary.
In most cases, maskne is the result of clogged pores. You already have oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells on your skin. But when you wear a mask, these substances can build up more and block your pores.
A mask also traps humidity due to your breathing and sweating, which may increase the risk of acne.
Another possible cause is friction. The material of a face covering can rub against your skin, leading to chafing and irritation.
Or you may be sensitive or allergic to the material of your face covering. Some masks are pretreated with chemicals or feel rough on the skin. Similarly, wearing a mask that’s been washed in a scented detergent may cause irritation.
How to treat it:
Wash your face regularly
During the pandemic, continue following your regular skin care routine to keep your skin healthy.
This includes washing your face:
- once in the morning
- once at night, before going to bed
- after sweating or wearing a mask
- When washing your face, use lukewarm water. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Avoid rubbing your skin as this may cause irritation.
Use a gentle cleanser
A gentle cleanser can help remove excess oil, sweat, and bacteria. Avoid cleansers that contain alcohol or perfume. These ingredients can cause irritation and make it harder for your symptoms to heal.
If your maskne is more severe, try a medicated cleanser with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
If you have sensitive skin, ask your doctor or dermatologist about the best type of medicated cleanser for your skin.
Use a noncomedogenic moisturizer
After washing your face, apply a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. Use a noncomedogenic product, which likely won’t block your pores.
Use a face serum
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