By Dr. Marianna Blyumin-Karasik, dermatologist and co-founder of Precision Skin Institute
The term Maskne has made a sadly popular debut during Covid-19 pandemic in the Spring of 2020. Although it was a new concept for most of the public, the dermatologist quickly recognized it as well-known medical condition, Acne Mechanica. Like most of skin practitioners, with alarm, we at Precision Skin Institute noticed the rise of acne due to occlusive and frictional properties of the PPE masks for prevention of coronavirus infection. Initially, we diagnosed and treated mostly in frontliners, essential workers and our colleagues, health-care providers. However, as the use of the masks expanded to the general public, the Maskne incidents increased. And then we noticed that some patients that came in with complaints of “Maskne breakouts” actually had other mask-induced skin conditions that flared with regular wear of the masks. Such skin conditions included rosacea, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, perioral dermatitis, etc., which can look similar to acne, but the treatment approach is very different. We would like to share some tips regarding cause, prevention, and treatment of Maskne to help to mitigate the worsening of acne during these necessary mask-wearing times.
We wish you lots of health and safety during these challenging times. As always remember, Healthy Skin means Healthy You.
Precision Skin Institute