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The covid-19 pandemic has led to a marked increase in the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and masks . While they are the biggest tool in our fight with Covid, the masks and PPEs might cause skin breakout in many people. If you are one of them you are not alone, both in and out of healthcare setting ‘maskne” have become common term used for these mask related breakouts-pimples skin issues including redness, bumpiness, and irritation.
How common is “maskne”?
During the covid-19 pandemic, a prospective cross sectional study of 833 medical school staff in Thailand, including healthcare and non-healthcare workers, showed a self-reported prevalence of 54% adverse skin reactions to surgical and cloth.
Some conditions like allergic contact dermatitis improve with a period of no mask wearing, while acne, once established, may not respond so readily
Symptoms of itch, soreness, and appearance of pustules or papules have been reported .
In most cases, maskne is the result of clogged pores. You already have oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells on your skin. But when you wear a mask, these substances can build up more and block your pores.
A mask also traps humidity due to your breathing and sweating, which may increase the risk of acne.
Another possible cause is friction. The material of a face covering can rub against your skin, leading to chafing and irritation.
General measures for prevention of the PPE related skin problems .
Cleanse skin with a gentle soap-free cleanser
Apply a light emollient at least 30 minutes before applying facial PPE
Apply a silicon based barrier tape—eg, siltape (Advancis)—to nasal bridge and cheeks.
Wipe skin under PPE with a silicon based barrier wipe to provide a film, protecting the skin from the harmful microenvironment.
Take time to fit the mask and ensure it is not over tight.
Take regular breaks from the mask (every one hour for respirators) to relieve the pressure and prevent moisture build up.
Stay well hydrated.
Maintain oral hygiene
Source : British Medical Journal