Ways to Prevent ‘Maskne’
I feel sorry for you if you have to wear your mask for 8 hours at a time at work. I'm fortunate that I only need to wear my mask into work as long as I can keep proper social distancing.
My daughter, Tara works for Price Chopper and she wears a face shield at work. By the way, did you see that Dr. Fauci has said that we should consider wearing a face shield or goggles as well as a mask to help with the fight against the coronavirus? That's a story for another day.
If you've had to wear a mask for an extended period of time, then you may be dealing with "maskne." You are wearing a mask while it's hot and humid out. Your oily skin rubbing against the mask with bacteria making a home there.
BAM! Mask related acne. If you're looking to prevent it, here's a couple of suggestions:
Wear no make-up on the lower half of your face. No one can see what's under there anyway, so why worry about it.
Wear a cotton mask. You should wash it daily or wear a surgical mask that shouldn't be reused the next day.
Use a gentle moisturizer. It won't clog your pores, and it wouldn't hurt to use a non-soap cleanser.
If you get maskne, then get over-the-counter products that have a small percentage of benzoyl peroxide or a topical antibiotic. In the grand scheme of things, remember this: It comes down to acne or COVID.