Ever since new protocols were implemented encouraging us to wear masks, social distance, and practice excellent hygiene due to Coronavirus, there have also been new skin concerns because of these new requirements. Dr. Dorene Niv of Premier Dermatology Partners offers her expertise in combating acne, rosacea, dry skin, and more during this trying time.
Maskne is a new term used to describe acne caused by mask wearing. Typically, maskne sufferers have only noticed significant changes in their facial skin when wearing the mask for extended periods of time. However, if you are someone with sensitive or acne-prone skin, it can add an extra challenge to your skincare routine even for those who only have to wear their masks for short periods of time.
Acne isn’t the only side effect of masks. Those with pre-existing conditions, like rosacea may also notice more flare ups. It can be increasingly frustrating to have a skincare routine in place only to notice more skin issues due to masks and finding the right rosacea skin treatment that works with the new mask protocols.
Dr. Dorene Niv says, “Now is not the time to change up your skincare routine. Keep it simple, yet effective using gentle non-comedogenic moisturizers during the day and emollients at bedtime for irritated areas.” Keeping it simple is for the best, especially when your skin can feel suffocated by a mask when you’re out and about.
Dr. Niv also suggests you wear a fresh mask daily. If you wear cloth masks, wash the mask at the end of the day to avoid makeup buildup, bacteria, and skin debris. Even better, avoid makeup on the lower part of your face so that it doesn’t have the chance to build up on the mask. Makeup under a mask can lead to even more clogged pores since the skin is unable to breathe as normal. For those with acne, as your dermatologist for tips on the best acne makeup so that it can reduce breakouts while protecting your skin. Additionally, it’s very important to still wear sunscreen, which offers an excellent sun damage treatment for the face since the UV rays are able to get through the mask and cause damage.
There are many ways you can try to avoid acne and rosacea, but at the end of the day some skin will still produce more issues. If you have tried your best to keep your skin fresh and clean and still find you’re getting acne or other outbreaks, wash with a gentle cleanser unless otherwise directed by your dermatologist. Your board-certified dermatologist can also prescribe topicals and other treatments for continuous issues. If you develop a persistent pimple, a new form of acne, or discoloration be sure to see your dermatologist for further evaluation and care. Sometimes, skin issues are too severe for a topical or a new hygiene regimen. Luckily, the dermatologists at Premier Dermatology Partners can help!
The experts at Premier Dermatology Partners are here to help you protect your skin from acne and Rosacea flare ups whether or not you have to wear a mask for extended periods of time. It’s been a trying year, so don’t make it worse with annoying and painful skin issues. To learn more about our providers and all the services we offer, contact us today.