How To Avoid MASKNE: Mask-Related Acne

117119113_3363927736977095_1204111204041956202_oWEARING A MASK IS OUR NEW NORMAL, BUT AS WE COVER OUR MOUTHS AND NOSES TO STOP COVID-19, SOME OF US ARE UNCOVERING A NEW PROBLEM CALLED “MASKNE” OR MASK-RELATED ACNE.

CLEVELAND CLINIC DERMATOLOGIST SHILPI KHETARPAL (PRONOUNCED SHILL-PEA KET-ER-PAHL) SAYS SOME MASKS AREN’T VERY BREATHABLE AND CAN TRAP HOT AIR –AMONG OTHER THINGS.

CG: Shilpi Khetarpal/Cleveland Clinic  [:08]

“Sweat, bacteria, heat, all of that accumulates and essentially creates the perfect storm for, you know, bacteria to multiply and that’s when we’re seeing acne.’

TOREDUCE THE RISK OF DEVELOPING “MASKNE” DOCTOR KHETARPAL RECOMMENDS WEARING A ONE-HUNDRED-PERCENT COTTON MASK, WHICH IS MORE BREATHABLE.

IT’S ALSOIMPORTANT TO CLEAN YOUR MASK DAILY TO WASH AWAY BACTERIA AND SWEAT.IF YOU’RE USING A MEDICAL MASK,

SHE RECOMMENDS CHANGING IT EACH DAY.SHE ALSO ADVISES AGAINST WEARING HEAVY MAKEUP UNDER A MASK BECAUSE IT MAY CAUSE IRRITATION AND GET TRAPPED IN YOUR SKIN.

INSTEAD, OPT FOR A LIGHTWEIGHT, TINTED MOISTURIZER OR SUNSCREEN –JUST BE SURE TO LOOK FOR ONE THAT’S OIL-FREE AND WON’T CLOG PORES.

AND WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR MASK OFF FOR THE NIGHT, WASH YOUR FACE WITH A GENTLE CLEANSER.

IF YOU’RE STILL STRUGGLING WITH PIMPLES DESPITE YOUR BEST EFFORTS TO PREVENT THEM, PRODUCTS FORMULATED TO TREAT ACNE MAY HELP.

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CG: Dr. Shilpi Khetarpal/Cleveland Clinic:[:11]

Youcan certainly try over-the-counter treatment ingredients like salicylic acid,benzoyl peroxide,glycolic acid –these all come in,like cleanser or leave-on forms,that’s definitely a good place to start.”

DOCTOR KHETARPAL SAYS ACNE TREATMENTS CAN BE IRRITATING AND DRYING, SO USING A GENTLE MOISTURIZER AT NIGHT IS A GOOD IDEA.

SHE ADDS THAT PEOPLE WITH TENDER, DEEP CYST-LIKE ACNE SHOULD SEEK THE HELP OF A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL, BECAUSE THAT TYPE OF BLEMISH CAN SCAR.

[Media for Broll and SOT Contact: Cleveland Clinic News Service Phone: 216.444.0141 Email: ccnewsservice@ccf.org “ Tips to Avoid ‘Maskne’ – Mask – related Acne ” August 12 , 2020 Sound Bites/Voice Over Pathfire #: 11635]

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