Masks, Humidity Can Lead To 'Maskne'

Jim Gudas
July 23, 2020 - 3:50 pm

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Dermatologists say they've seen an increase of people developing facial acne because of wearing masks during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Dr. Amanda Wendel, a dermatologist at Northwestern Medicine, calls it “maskne.”

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She says the problem is especially bad during hot and humid summer weather. Peoples’ pores get clogged, and that increases the chance of developing breakouts.

Wendel says one way to reduce your risk of maskne is by using fresh face coverings.

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She also recommends taking face coverings off — when you are able — to let your skin breathe and washing your face during the day.

She says in some cases, people may need prescription medications.