“Maskne” What It is, and How to Prevent and Treat it


We need to wear masks to protect each other, but not surprisingly mask wearing is creating some unpleasant and unintended side-effects, one of which is a skin break-out that has been coined “maskne.”

Maskne is acne (facial breakouts of pimples and blemishes) created by the hot, moist environment around the mouth and nose that wearing a mask produces.

Maskne is a real thing. (@nguyennguyen via Twenty20)

CNN reported on this phenomenon quoting board-certified dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center as saying “I have patients calling in despair saying ‘What is going on? I’ve never had a breakout before and now my face looks like a teenager’s!” The New York Times reports that ” masks can worsen skin issues that already exist or cause new ones. Add in the summer heat and…

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