Trying to stay safe from the coronavirus can actually create other problems, including face acne caused by wearing a mask.
“Maskne,” the new acne, can flare up when face coverings rub against the skin or build up humidity under the fabric. There’s even a formal medical name for this: Acne mechanica, which refers to the friction of material against the skin.
If you’re seeing pimples, red bumps, rashes, unusually dry skin or creases across your face, especially around the mouth, it could be caused by mask wearing. Facial coverings can cause you to perspire, which creates a breeding ground for bacteria, and your skin produces more oil, leading to clogged pores and acne.
First things first. Don’t stop wearing your mask.
Wearing a mask along with social distancing are the best things you can do to protect yourself and others from transmitting or catching the coronavirus when you’re out in public. Simple solutions include cleaning washable masks regularly to remove dried sweat, oil and dirt. If you use disposable masks, change them out with the frequency recommended by the manufacturer. Also, you want your mask to fit snugly, but not so tight that the straps dig into your skin.
Until there’s an effective treatment and vaccine for Covid-19, mask wearing is here to stay. By following these tips you can reduce the chance of developing annoying side effects like maskne that often come with wearing face coverings for hours at a time.
If you’re concerned about persistent maskne or any other skin condition, there’s no need to worry silently. Walk-in Dermatology can help. Our team of board-certified dermatologists and experienced medical staff will address your concerns and provide the necessary treatment for all your skin conditions. You can also schedule an appointment with us for maskne treatment. Best of all, there’s no waiting.
If you can’t make it to one of our offices, we can set up a Video Visit and even prescribe medications remotely. You can also schedule a teen facial or purifying facial with our medical aestheticians to decongest pores and soothe your skin. The bottom line? Don’t wait, contact us today.