It looks like the lung problem is not the only scare that the coronavirus brought to society. After several months of having to wear masks all the time, people are getting another outbreak on their skin. They call it maskne.
A Language Perspective
What is maskne? It is the term used by the experts as well as the media to refer to skin irritations caused by wearing face masks for long periods. The linguist calls it the portmanteau between mask and acne. It is acne that occurs in the area where the face mask covers the face.
Maskne is a catchall term for a few different dermatologic conditions affecting the face. A dermatologist told Nebraska Medicine. She mentions the medical names of three skin conditions that are now commonly referred to as maskne.
Treatment And Prevention Tips
Acne is much like that regular bump you see on your skin that you call a pimple. You can treat it using your ordinary acne treatment products. Doctors also recommend changing face masks often. The same dermatologist suggested to Nebraska Medicine the following practical tips for treating and preventing maskne.
Drop The Cosmetics
Well, what's the use of putting on thick makeup when your face is already covered? Those blushes can only increase your chances of getting breakouts on your skin. Use non-comedogenic and oil-free products in case you need to wear makeup for work.
Keep Your Skin Moisturized
You already know how healthy moisturizers are to your skin. Maintain this regimen. Don't break the habit. You may only need to tone down a little bit and use them lightly.
Wash Your Face More Often
If you usually wash your face twice a day, the new normal says to double that number. Experts recommended washing the face before and after wearing face masks. Remember to avoid harmful scrubs and exfoliants.
Never Prick Those Pimples
It can be hard to resist. There is always the urge to nip those annoying, red bumps. And, with the face mask over your face, it becomes even more irritating. But the doctors will never fail to remind you to leave those zits alone.
Wear Clean Masks
It is the best advice anyone can give. Proper hygiene is most important. Wash your fabric face mask regularly and frequently replaced old ones. To avoid irritation, use fabric that is gentle on your skin.
While it is most likely nowadays that the zits growing on your face comes from the frequent wearing of face masks, it is still not always the case. Always consult your doctor when you are getting these breakouts and irritations.