Maskne : It's a thing.
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When talking and breathing with a mask in place, there is a good amount of humidity that builds up between your mouth and the mask.
The heat and humidity concentrated around the mouth can alter the pH of your skin and make you more prone to multiple issues.
- Bacterial overgrowth can result in folliculitis or infected hair follicles.
- Yeast overgrowth can result in perleche or cheilitis. This can present as persistent chapped lips or dry cracked corners of the mouth.
- Perioral dermatitis, a variant of rosacea, that can present as dry patches around the mouth and painful deep cystic pimples around the mouth.
Skin Care Routine Tips
Those who must wear masks for longer stretches of time or in hot humid conditions are particularly prone to maskne. Those with sensitive skin or rosacea prone skin are particularly susceptible.