November's Maskne Advice (by Dr. Laura Jordan)

by HS Dermatology | Nov 11, 2020

Current use of face masks in our society has caused an increase in skin issues, including acne, irritation, infection, and pressure sores. Skin damage can worsen due to increased sweating, friction, and pressure of the mask against the skin. Here are some useful tips for improving these skin complaints:

  • Keep it fresh! Opt for a cotton face mask, or several to swap out, and wash daily.
  • Moisturize! Keep your skin moisturized with fragrance-free non-comedogenic skin cream such as Cerave, Vanicream, and Cetaphil.
  • Be Gentle! Use gentle cleansing techniques and avoid harsh cleansers and exfoliants that can irritate the skin during this time.
  • Go Natural! Try makeup free under the mask.
  • Get Balmy! But don't forget your fragrance-free lip balm. The humidity of our breath inside the mask can cause chafing around the mouth area.
  • Contact Your Derm! If your skin issues persist, don't hesitate to be seen in person.

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