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Now that we are all supposed to be mask wearers, here’s some info about what to do with your skin.
Check out this doctor…he always has good info!
Dr. John Layke
“What can I do about maskne (mask acne)?”
This is a VERY common question I’m getting these days…
After all, when you wear a mask all day, it can trap sweat & dead skin cells on your skin surface, where acne-causing bacteria can breed (even if you’ve never had acne before).
Now before I go on, I have to say: I absolutely recommend wearing a mask in public right now, especially in “hot spot” parts of the country. Pimples & blackheads are MUCH easier to treat than COVID-19 (to put it lightly!).
That said, here are a few tips for keeping your skin fresh & healthy while using a mask:
*Keep your mask clean. If you use a cloth mask, wash it regularly. If you’re using disposable masks, wear a fresh one every day (if you can).
*Avoid wearing makeup underneath. If no one is seeing the area around your mouth & nose anyway, those makeup particles only serve to clog pores.
*Wash your face as soon as you get home. Don’t wait until bedtime… otherwise, you’re allowing several hours of extra bacteria growth.
*Exfoliate regularly. Dead skin buildup will clog pores just as much as bacteria growth. Make sure you’re getting rid of that dead skin 2-3x a week by using your favorite exfoliant.
Of course, if your “maskne” becomes worse than the tips above can handle, consult with a dermatologist. Many are doing virtual consultations, and can give you the best, most up-to-date advice for your unique case.
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