The new normal requires us to wear masks daily. We are covering up our mouths and noses and some of us are developing a new problem - maskne, or mask related acne. When you breath or talk your mask traps in a lot of hot air creating a warm, humid environment that is ideal for yeast and bacteria to grow. These bacteria imbalances and the friction from wearing masks can cause acne breakouts.
Some ways to prevent this is wearing 100% cotton masks, changing your mask frequently especially after perspiring, and washing masks with fragrance free detergents. Use only lightweight lotion or sunscreen and skip the makeup. If you don’t want to skip the makeup make sure it is lightweight and nonocclusive.
Cleansing your face regularly will also help. Cleanse right before putting on your mask and right after taking it off for the day. For long term prevention of breakouts a consistent acne regimen is important. Dr. Anne White can help you develop a custom tailored routine for the prevention of breakouts and to reduce acne scars. Call today to schedule a consultation for the best treatment options available for you.