You’re doing your part – monitoring your health, frequent hand washing, social distancing, wearing a face covering when out. As if adapting to this new “normal” weren’t enough, does it have to include skin breakouts? If you have noticed an increase in skin breakouts, especially in the area where you are wearing your face mask, you could be experiencing “maskne”.
Maskne or acne mechanica is a type of acne triggered by friction, heat, pressure, or when skin isn’t exposed to air. Different from common acne, acne mechanica is caused by friction. Skin that is pressed or rubbed for long periods irritates pores and triggers skin breakouts. It is commonly seen in athletes (sports equipment), students (backpacks), musicians (instrument placement) and now with the regular wearing of masks. Here are a few tips on how to combat maskne: