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Preventing and treating 'maskne'

Posted at 9:39 AM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 09:39:11-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Last week, the governor extended the mask up a mandate for another month. And many Hoosiers are finding themselves having to wear a mask all day long.

If you haven't experienced it, you've probably heard about it—maskne breakouts on your face as a result of wearing a mask.

WRTV spoke to Beth Brogan with Ascension Dermatology, and she says they have seen more patients coming in with new breakouts, both adults and teens. She says there are some things you can do to prevent this maskne from happening. According to Brogan, it's essential to use a new mask every day, washing the reusable ones and making sure your skin is clean before putting the mask on.

"Wiping off your face periodically throughout the day; that you are able to take a mask break; for our female patients, I recommend that they not wear makeup underneath the mask because that can make it worse," Brogan said.

Brogan says any over-the-counter products that work for regular acne will work for maskne, but nothing is an overnight fix, and you need to be patient.

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