Maskne: How to prevent face mask acne
What was once annoying and questionable has been proven as a way to help stop the spread of the COVID-19. The early irritation of the straps wrapped around your face is now like putting on your shoes, everywhere you go your mask goes, too. To the supermarket, to the park, on a run, everywhere.
But as the summer months approach us and the US continues to grapple with social distancing measures as economies reopen, mask-wearing will continue. That means odd tan lines and sweatstaches are inevitable, the sauna-like humidity behind an N95 mask making it feel like you’re hiking through a desert, and most likely, pimples, or better known as “maskne.”
Maskne isn’t a new skin development, but it’s become part of the vernacular with the rise in skin irritation around the face and mouth due to mask-wearing in the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Since March, Dr. Nava Greenfield, a dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in Brooklyn, said she’s noticed an uptick in patients having problems dealing with annoying acne that wasn’t there before.
Source: Ladders – Maskne: How to prevent face mask acne By, Kyle Schnitzer