Remember the quaint days when the only face masks we talked about were in reference to skincare? Now, face masks = face coverings and with that comes a new skin concern for some: acne. (And in fact, mask related acne has become so common lately, there’s a new term for it: maskne.) We asked Dr. Tiffany J. Libby, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, to clear a few things up for us.
“I am definitely seeing the side effects that come from having a face covering in contact with your skin for the better part of the day. Masks, while important for our safety, can trap in humidity, dirt, oil and sweat and if you are not cleaning them properly or are reusing them for prolonged periods of time,” explains Libby.