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5 tips for dealing with maskne

Face masks have become a part of our daily lives. Masks are undoubtedly essential in keeping our loved ones and us safe by halting the spread of Coronavirus. Unfortunately, they can also cause problems with our skin - the area around the mouth and nose is incredibly delicate. Those prone to acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, and allergies are even more susceptible to flares and infections from incorrect or prolonged use.

While there is no way to 100% prevent breakouts and flares, steps can be taken to minimize risk and keep skin clean and healthy.

  1. Keep your masks clean. If you’re using fabric masks, they should be washed daily using a gentle, fragrance-free soap or detergent. If you’re using disposable surgical masks, they should be replaced daily, if possible.
  2. Soap up before you mask up. Again, a gentle and fragrance-free soap or cleanser is ideal, especially for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin. If possible, avoid makeup.
  3. Protect your moisture barrier. Any fabric or paper in constant contact with your face is going to be abrasive. Shield your skin by using a gentle moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid and/or ceramides.
  4. Cushion sensitive spots. If your mask is hurting your ears or the sides of your face, consider using hydrocolloid patches or band-aids to prevent further damage. Extenders can also be used to take the pressure off the backs of the ears. Allowing the skin to be constantly damaged by too-tight masks can leave you susceptible to infection.
  5. If problems persist, see a board-certified dermatologist. While your mask may be aggravating your skin concerns, there may be an underlying medical cause for your problems. A dermatologist can diagnose any issue and offer a treatment plan that will work for your skin.

Of course, you can skip one mask-wearing occasion by taking your dermatology visits online. Whether it’s for mask-related breakouts or more traditional conditions like acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, insect bites, or rashes, you can start a visit with a dermatologist at any time through DermatologistOnCall.com.