Masks play a vital role in reducing the spread of the coronavirus and are a way of life now. Whether you are a healthcare hero on the front lines or simply a citizen following the recommendation of wearing masks while out, you may be experiencing skin irritation such as acne, dryness and even bruising. Masks no doubt takes a toll on our skin that range from acne and peeling skin to rashes and itchiness.
Maskne is a term coined during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, for acne that develops from the prolonged use of masks. Derived from the words ‘mask ‘ and ‘acne’, the medical term for Maskne is Acne Mechanica, a skin condition brought about by heat, pressure, friction or rubbing of the skin. It’s mechanically blocking your skin.
Here are our five tips on how to reduce the risk of skin irritation
If your skin does develop issues and you aren’t sure what to do, make an appointment and come and see us. Our Dermal Therapist will examine your skin and guide you on how to prevent, manage or heal any skin problems that are due to mask-wearing. Dr K can review you and prescribe medication if needed.
Remember, your best protection in this pandemic is to continue to wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene, keep your distance and get vaccinated!
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