Created: July 10, 2020 03:41 PM
(WEAU) — While masks slow the spread of COVID-19, they also can cause acne, or as some have dubbed their breakouts, "maskne."
Experts say there are a number of different factors that contribute to breakouts.
“It turns out the masks actually increase those factors, such as moisture with masks goes up, and that interferes with the normal microbiome of the skin,” says dermatologist Dr. Atif Ahmed.
Additionally, the friction of the mask can lead to acne, similar to an athlete wearing a chin strap.
There are also certain bacterias in the skin that cause blemishes.
“With the increased moisture, we’re seeing that bacteria actually gets a leg up and proliferates even further,” Dr. Ahmed says.
So how do you prevent it?
“One—wash your masks regularly if its a cloth mask because the bacteria grows in a mask that hasn’t been washed,” Ahmed explained. “Two—it helps to use a gentle facial cleanser maybe once or twice a day to open up those pores.”
Dermatologists also recommend over-the-counter acne medication, as well as wearing non-comedogenic makeup.
While some like to leave masks in the sunlight to kill the virus, experts don’t suggest it.
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