Maskne: What is it and how can you avoid it

Carilion Clinic dermatologist explains why your mask may cause acne

ROANOKE, Va. – Maskne is the new term people are calling the acne they’ve been getting from wearing masks

It’s something dermatologists in the Roanoke Valley are seeing, but tell 10 News it’s nothing new.

The technical term is acne mechanica — a fancy way of saying acne caused by something constantly rubbing against your skin and in this case it’s your mask.

Dr. Padma Chitnavis, a dermatologist for Carilion Clinic, said you can get it from a phone or even a football helmet, so it’s no surprise people are seeing acne from wearing their masks.

Some people are just more prone to acne than others. Dr. Chitnavis said while wearing a mask right now is more important than a few pimples, there are ways to prevent mask acne.

Here is what Dr. Chitnavis suggests adding to your daily routine:

  • Make sure your mask is clean and comfortable before you put it on
  • Wash your face at least twice a day
  • Keep up with your regular skin-cleansing routine
  • If you have a prescribed skin treatment, continue using it

Another pointer, moisturize.


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