Face masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but wearing them may clog pores, irritate the skin, and cause or intensify acne. Luckily, by following a few simple skincare guidelines, wearers can both help protect themselves from the virus and minimize the effects of skin-to-mask contact. Here are four ways to help reduce acne caused by face masks.
Don’t Reuse Disposable Masks
Medical face masks made from nonwoven fabric are a popular PPE protective measure, both for their effectiveness and disposable options. However, because they are less breathable, medical masks may be more irritating to the skin and pores than cloth-based masks, and used disposable masks are likely to harbor dirt, oil, and bacteria. To help prevent or minimize acne, wearers should avoid reusing these disposable masks and instead wear a new one each day.
Clean Reusable Masks Often
Reusable cloth-based face masks are available in a variety of sizes, styles, and designs, and many wearers find them more comfortable and breathable than disposable medical masks. While cloth masks may irritate the skin less and allow more air to flow through, they can still become soiled and lead to acne. Wearers should keep a rotation of cloth masks on hand so that a clean one can be worn each day.
Apply an Acne Cleanser
Unfortunately, even only wearing clean masks may not be enough to combat acne caused by face masks. Wearers may be tempted to wash and scrub extra hard, but this can lead to further irritation and worsening acne problems. Instead, acne caused by masks can be better treated with skincare products like acne pads, cleansers, and moisturizers.
Consider Professional Acne Treatment
In certain cases, basic skincare practices and products may not be enough to reduce acne. Particularly stubborn mask acne may require a trip to the dermatologist for professional treatment. A wide variety of treatment options are available to address every wearer’s individual circumstances and skin chemistry, including topical solutions, oral medications, and cosmetic procedures such as peels, extractions, and laser therapies.
If you’re struggling to reduce acne caused by face masks, it may be time to seek professional assistance. At The Dermatology Clinic in Baton Rouge, our team offers a wide range of dermatological and cosmetic acne treatments and procedures to address your unique situation. Request an appointment today or learn more about our services by calling (225) 351-0622.