What is ‘maskne?‘ How to treat acne caused by wearing face masks

ORLANDO, Fla. — Many doctors have said masks are crucial to stop the spread of COVID-19, but wearing a mask can come with its own set of challenges.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, wearing a mask can sometimes cause “maskne,” which is caused by the mask rubbing against the skin.

Dr. Michelle Henry, a board-certified dermatologist, shared her tips with ABC News on how to treat and prevent “maskne.”

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1. Use a gentle cleanser.

“We want to cleanse the skin, but again, we don’t want to strip the skin of moisture,” Henry said. “The moisture barrier is important to prevent against friction and inflammation.”

2. Don’t use harsh toners that will strip the skin.

Henry recommends a toner with light ingredients that will help unclog the pores gently.

3. Find a moisturizer that won’t clog pores.

Henry said this is the most critical step. Using a moisturizer will help prevent the mask from rubbing against the skin.

4. Use sunscreen to limit inflammation.

If you are to burn, it can worsen acne and worsen the inflammation.

5. Use topical acne spot treatments.

Adopting a face cleaning routine is your best bet to combating “maskne,” but if you are still getting acne, Henry said to use acne spot treatments.

Watch the full interview below:

Katlyn Brieskorn,

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.

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