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Doctor reveals how best to protect your skin from Face Mask Acne

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Wearing face masks can be quite uncomfortable at times. Especially people who have to use the mask all day complain of skin problems. A doctor now explains what best protects the skin and how irritation can be prevented.

Red spots, pimples, itching: Frequent mask wear can cause blemishes on the face. This phenomenon is called “maskne” – Mask Acne.

More skin problems since the introduction of the mask requirement

Since the introduction of compulsory face masks, skin experts have also had an increasing number of patients who have skin problems on their faces.

Which skin problems are most common

The most common problem, according to the skin specialist Rashmi Singh, is pimples in the mask area, the so-called “maskne”.

“This is caused by the friction of the mask on the skin, what we call ‘acne mechanica’ in dermatology. The exhaled air trapped in the mask also creates a humid environment, which is a favorable environment for the growth of bacteria,” explains the doctor.

The irritation from the masks and the warm moisture can also worsen many pre-existing skin diseases such as neurodermatitis or couperose (acne rosacea).

Are there any differences between FFP2 or cloth masks?

“Only to a limited extent,” says Rashmi Singh. Compared to other masks, cotton masks are gentler and more skin-friendly.

“All other masks have about the same effect on the skin. Since the main problems are caused by masks that rub against the face, any mask that fits tightly against the face can cause similar discomfort.”

How can such skin problems be prevented?

The masks should be changed frequently, and a ten to 15-minute break should be taken every few hours, especially if the masks are worn continuously over a long period of time, so that the skin can also “breathe”, according to the doctor.

If breaks are not possible, a small amount of zinc paste or petroleum jelly should be applied to the areas where the masks directly irritate the skin. 

They form a film on the skin and avoid irritation from moisture or friction.

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