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Wearing a mask or personal protective equipment (PPE) is challenging enough; some are finding that the side effect of keeping it on all day can contribute to the condition known as “maskne” or mask acne.
The combination of moisture buildup under your mask may cause bacteria to grow and spread across your face. But this doesn’t mean you should abandon your mask, as the American Academy of Dermatology recommends that we all continue to wear facemasks to protect ourselves from the threat of Coronavirus. Sharon Hochhauser, a board-certified family nurse practitioner who specializes in dermatology with Advanced Dermatology PC, says “we can take steps to prevent mask-related breakouts so that we feel comfortable wearing our masks and confident about taking them off when it’s safe.