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'Maskne' popping up due to face masks

Posted at 4:46 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 19:26:34-04

While doctors are stressing the urgence of wearing masks during the pandemic, they're now warning that there could be acne popping up under your mask.

"We're finding that it is causing breakouts around the mouth, and many times along the sides of the cheeks and the nose," Dr. Pamala Allen said. "And it has been lovingly called 'maskne' as a play on word for acne. Because people are getting pimples, tender breakouts, sometime their skin is itching, scaling in those regions. The thing that is causing this is the mask itself. The thing is if you are wearing a mask for many hours a day, realize that is a vaporized humidified environment surrounding your mouth."

Dr. Allen said if you are wearing a cloth face mask, wash it once a day to mitigate those break out and switch out surgical masks every day.

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