The struggle with “maskne” is real for prolonged mask-wearers

Many people are noticing mask related problems from prolonged use of masks.
Published: Dec. 15, 2020 at 10:44 AM CST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - As if the coronavirus pandemic didn’t give us enough to worry about, now people have noticed something else: masks affecting the skin.

“Maskne” is the nickname given to the many skin issues arising from prolonged mask use.

Essence Med Spa in Hastings and Grand Island has seen a big increase in people looking for help in treating their new mask-wearing skin problems.

“It’s not a new problem. People in the medical world have been dealing with mask related acne for years. But now with the increased number of people wearing them, we’re getting increased complaints from it,” said Andrea Curtis, A.P.R.N, with Essence Med Spa.

Curtis said first they need to identify the exact skin issue and go from there.

“Bacterial acne looks different than fungal acne, or even dermatitis. Usually bacterial acne is different sizes inflamed and more tender, where as fungal acne will be red and raised and about the same size. It may burn or itch a little bit as well. So first we want to determine what’s going on, then go from there,” she said.

Curtis said HydraFacial’s are a very popular method in treating the different “maskne” related problems, and can be done along side other treatment methods and products they provide.

She says it’s also important to change you mask daily, wash it in a mild soap after each use, and to use a fabric like cotton that’s easy on skin.

Copyright 2020 KSNB. All rights reserved.