Just when you thought you had Rona figured out... She hits you with skin issues. Maskne is acne brought on by frequent mask usage. Heat & moisture, bacteria, and friction are results of wearing your mask often. THIS is the perfect breeding ground for acne.
“Maskne is acne formed in areas due to friction, pressure, stretching, rubbing or occlusion,” Nazanin Saedi, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Thomas Jefferson University, explains to Health. “You can see it in the areas covered by the mask and also the areas where the mask and face shields touch the skin.”
Kathleen C. Suozzi, MD, director of Yale Medicine’s Aesthetic Dermatology Program and an assistant professor of dermatology, explains that maskne is technically referred to as acne mechanica.
As far as treatment options go for acne breakouts, "over the counter products that help resolve the clogged pores are beneficial," says Dr. Suozzi. For that, she recommends products like Differin Acne Treatment Gel ($29; Ulta.com) or La Roche-Posay Effaclar Adapalene Gel ($30; Dermstore.com I personally recommend Proactiv's Adapalene Gel.