Wearing masks for long periods can trigger spots, rashes and redness due to the combination of friction, heat and moisture build up on certain parts of the face. ‘Maskne’ can be easily identified, as it commonly occurs on areas of the face that are protected by a mask, such as the chin, mouth and nose.
“Breathing into a closed off space within a mask creates a hot and humid environment for the skin, leading to a build-up of sweat in the pores – this is a growing medium for bacteria,” explains Dr Munir Somji, director of Dr MediSpa (drmedispa.com).
“This can manifest as inflammation, rashes breakouts and fungal acne. Also, the rubbing of the mask material against the skin can cause micro-tears and further irritation,” he adds.