Face coverings worsening acne for some people

Face coverings are recommended by the CDC to slow the spread of COVID-19
Face coverings are recommended by the CDC to slow the spread of COVID-19(WEAU)
Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 7:25 AM CDT
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Employers, businesses and even mayors are requiring people to wear masks, but for some people they are causing skin issues like pimples, blackheads, and rashes.

Face masks are the new normal, but some people are experiencing dry, flaky skin and even acne from wearing them.

“We are seeing exaggeration or worsening of acne since everyone has been required to wear masks. we’re also seeing perioral dermatitis and contact dermatitis from the mask,” says Affiliated Dermatology PA-C Kelli Heer.

Those with acne pronged skin are the highest risk to develop the worst cases.

“The longer you wear the mask the more it occludes the pores and more worsen your acne,” says Heer.

It could be the fabric the mask is made of, the material of the strap or even what it is washed in that’s causing the problem.

Rachel Brooks, a certified physician assistant at Dermatology Specialists in Dothan, recommends washing your face a soon as you take your mask off to remove the oils.

She also suggests wearing tinted SPF instead of makeup and heavy cream when wearing a mask.

While cases are at an all-time high, mask-ne is not a new issue.

“We do see the same problem with athletes during football baseball softball season when they have to wear helmets and chin straps so it’s the same concept,” says Heer.

Dermatologists say products like retinoids that help prevent acne and remove dead skin cells and vitamin c that helps protect the skin and reduce inflammation can aid with “maskne”.

If over the counter medicines are not working and your condition is worsening you should call your doctor a call to be evaluated.

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