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The Trouble behind the Mask: Acne

Written by on September 21, 2020

Photo courtesy to Soderstrom Skin Institute 

NORMAL, Ill.- Keeping up your immune system up on top on taking care of you skin can be overwhelming. Local physicians and dermatologist offer solutions and tips.

Masks are frictional and can definitely cause acne or acne flares. This is a particular type of acne called acne mechanica or mechanical acne.

In addition, the constant rubbing of the material on the face can also cause skin irritation.

“Fabric masks can be washed in a mild detergent and reused,” said Soderstrom Skin Institute Physician Assistant Michelle Roth. “They should be washed daily. Following washing and drying you should make sure that the fit it still appropriate, covering the nose, mouth and chin snuggly but not too tight.”

Are disposable masks better?

Not necessarily, they cause friction too, which can cause acne.

“Masks should be worn to cover the nose, mouth and chin, snug fit but not too tight,” said Roth. “Soft natural material preferred if possible. Wash in mild detergent daily if reusable. Take
a mask break if possible when in a safe space can help give the skin a break from the friction of the mask.”

What should you do if you have acne?

Use a mild cleanser and moisturizer. Benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid can be used for mild acne.

“If flares are becoming more intense or frustrating, you should see dermatologist,” said Roth “We are here to help you feel better and get you the treatment you need.”