Mask Face Acne
The pandemic has hit our lives very hard. We’ve seen so many problems and so much has been lost. I am sure we will recover and grow again, humanity has this knack of bouncing back stronger from difficult times.
One of the smaller problems, although it does cause a great deal of heated debate, is wearing a mask. We in New Jersey are mandated to wear masks in public and inside businesses, Back and Body Pain Relief is no exception to this rule.
While wearing masks is designed to help curb the spread of the virus, it does come at some costs. Obviously we are not “designed” to wear them and they do cause a good deal of discomfort. BUt we have to for now.
One of the side effects of wearing a mask is something that is being dubbed mask acne. It is really a condition known as perioral dematitis. But acne like spots form around the mouth and nose area, predominantly caused by excessive mask wearing.
Dr Seemal Desai, an associate professor at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has prescribed several things that people can do to help prevent the condition and treat it as well.
Wash Your Mask
After every use, you should be washing your mask. If using a disposable one, dispose of it after a couple of uses.
Skin Care Products
Use gentle skin care products that will help your skin and if you are already using a product, don’t switch to a new one (unless you are having trouble with your existing product). Don’t use oily products and products that are harsh.
These are a big no, no. Aside from causing further skin problems they may even interfere with the integrity of the mask and the seal. This is particularly important if a person is working in the healthcare industry.
While wearing a mask all the time isn’t ideal, we have to do it. Hopefully we can get the pandemic under control sooner rather than later and we can ease off the use of face masks. But until then, try and keep the above points in mind to help your skin and prevent mask acne.
Remember, we are here for you to help you out of pain. If you are in pain and need help, we are here, masks and all. Schedule an appointment here.