The answer: Yes!
Thanks to COVID, Mask-ne is here!
Carleton University’s Midweek radio show interviewed our Dermatologist, @drannieliu, to get the inside scoop.
Their interview aired recently on @CKCU; an audio clip can be found below starting at 16:30:
Medically, Maskne is called acne mechanica, and refers to skin irritation excess pressure, heat, and rubbing against the skin.
Fun fact: prior to COVID, we saw it in athletes or healthcare works who wore tight gear.
What Causes It?
Anything that blocks the skin up, whether it’s a mask or a poor quality sunscreen, will trap sweat and oil which then block up hair follicles and cause skin bacteria to flourish. Add in the humidity and you’ve got a perfect recipe for breakouts. Masks can both worsen skin issues that already exist or cause new ones.
How Can I Prevent It?
#1 OPTIMIZE YOUR SKINCARE REGIMEN:
🧴Streamline your routine. Focus on using a quality cleanser and moisturizer on a daily basis
🧴 Skip the makeup, which can act as another “mask” on your skin. If makeup is necessary, use only products labeled “non-comedogenic” or “oil free.”
🧴 Avoid certain products that can irritate your skin: Leave-on salicylic acid, Retinoids and Aftershave. Wearing a mask for even a short time can make your skin more sensitive
#2 MANAGE YOUR MASK:
😷 Look for masks that offer
✔️ A snug, but comfortable fit
✔️ Soft, natural, and breathable fabric, such as cotton
❌ Avoid synthetic fabrics, such as nylon, polyester, and
😷 When safe to do so, take a 15-minute mask break every 4 hours. Safe places to remove your mask include:
✔️ Outdoors, when you can stay at least 6 feet away from people
✔️ Inside your car when you’re alone
✔️ At home
😷 Wash your cloth masks after each use if possible to remove oils and skin cells that collect inside the mask.
#3 SEEK PROFESSIONAL TREATMENT when needed:
Notably, if inflammatory acne is left untreated, it can leave permanent scars.
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