What is “Maskne”?
Maskne is a results of increase use of masks over the face and resulting acne on the bottom half of the face from moisture, friction and bacterial irritation. Our faces already have a lot of bacteria, so with the increase in mask use, many people are getting break outs.
What can I do for the maskne?
Myths about acne are as common as the skin problem.
One common myth is that “you have to let acne run its course”- this is not true and can lead to scarring.
“Greasy foods cause acne”-there is no scientific evidence that this is true!
Another myth: “it is good to exfoliate the skin regularly”-actually, this can inflame your acne and spread bacteria around your skin.
“It is fine to pop your pimples”-touching the face spreads bacteria and popping pimples can really spread more bacteria so this is rarely a good idea. This also causes more inflammation in the skin.
“Only teens get acne”-sadly this is not true. People of all ages get acne including up to 30% of adults. Thankfully there are great methods to help clear the skin for all ages.
Another myth: “Accutane is unsafe” – in fact when indicated, Accutane is very safe and very effective for certain patterns of acne. Accutane can also have a “curative” effect for certain patterns of acne and can provide great confidence for patients to have clear skin! All providers at MSFM are Accutane providers and happy to help you achieve clear skin.
Dermatologists know and understand these myths and encourage people to treat their acne.