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My mask is causing acne, what can I do?

Wearing a mask is incredibly important when it comes to protecting yourself and others from the coronavirus. It has become a personal protective equipment solution for the everyday individual. In South Miami, Florida, our team of professionals at the Skin Center of South Miami know how uncomfortable masks can be. Additionally, they cause a host of issues for patients with sensitive skin, including the formation of acne. This condition has been dubbed as “maskne,” and continues to be a problem—especially for acne-prone skin and the increased use of masks during the day.

If you are dealing with acne that has developed underneath your mask, here are a few tips and techniques to helping prevent or clear acne that has formed on the lower half of the face:

  • Keep your face clean. Using a gentle cleanser that is free from oils and fragrance, cleans the skin at least twice a day, in the morning and at night. In-between times, you can use special cleansing wipes while on the go.
  • Avoid makeup. Not only can makeup clog the pores and contribute to the risk of developing acne, it can also leave behind residue on the mask as well.
  • Wash your mask. Cotton masks should be washed after each use as it can become dirty with oil and become a potential breeding ground for bacteria that comes from the nose and mouth. Washing it will also clean the outer portion which may be contaminated.
  • Use acne-friendly treatments. Patients who have acne concerns often have special acne products that can help them in controlling their condition. Continue to use these topical creams and ointments and make it a priority to apply them as needed to keep skin clear.

Learn more about skincare solutions

If maskne is not your only skin concern problem, it might be a great time to connect with the team at the Skin Center of South Miami to find out about products that may be appropriate for keeping your skin clear and healthy. Our practice is conveniently located at 7800 SW 57th Avenue, Suite #110 and can be reached at (305) 740-6181 to request a consultation visit. We are always open to helping new and current patients at our state-of-the-art facility.

 

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