Mask irritation: MASKNE?

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To counter the spread of covid-19, people have got used to wearing the mask for several hours a day, but the skin can be affected and give some signals that should not be underestimated.

It takes the name of MASKNE or mask irritation: a skin phenomenon that takes its name from the contraction of the two words “mask” and “acne”.

In fact, the use of the mask for several hours a day can bring with it irritations or imperfections of the face that can be associated with MASKNE.

What is that

The mask is an inflammatory phenomenon of the skin due to the prolonged use of the mask. This carries different marks from one person to another based on their skin type.

How it looks

The most common blemish is the appearance of white pimples on the cheeks and chin, the areas most protected by the mask. This manifestation can obviously be more evident or appear earlier in people with a particular predisposition or who use certain drugs in particular.

The mask is not a problem only for those with more sensitive skin, in each one can develop irritation, redness or peeling of the skin.

Why does it arise?

Several factors can lead to the appearance of mask irritation, including the rubbing of the mask against the face: continuous friction can reduce the integrity of the skin barrier. In addition, the pH of the skin is modified due to the increase in humidity and temperature under the mask, due to breathing. This can lead to inflammation of the hair follicles and dryness and cracking of the lips.

Although many the mask does not decrease oxygenation, the altered perspiration creates a fertile environment for the production of bacteria. These are the main factors that can exacerbate the irritation which then begins to cause discomfort, redness or itching.

How to counter it daily

There are small steps and habits that allow people who, for their own protection and that of others, have to keep the mask all day, to keep the skin clean and protected.

It is important to cleanse your face both in the morning and in the evening. So as to remove impurities and bacteria. Keep the lips hydrated with the use of cocoa butter and the skin with the use of moisturizers. In addition, the peeling carried out by an expert Aesthetic Doctor, this is the only tool for a real impact on the skin able to remove dead cells

Consulting an Aesthetic Doctor also allows you to understand if this phenomenon is turning into something more serious which over time can lead to real damage.

For a video consultation you can book at a reduced cost of 50% of the normal outpatient visit, it is important not to delay if you have already noticed some signs of irritation!