The most important thing that we should do during the COVID-19 outbreak is to protect ourselves from any risk factors, especially wearing mask to protect the viruses that are being transmitted through droplets. On the other hand, it is not that easy for the people who have acne prone skin because wearing mask can cause breakouts around their cheeks, chin, and jaw line.

Dr. Chanika Kulapatrapa, Vejthani Hospital’s dermatologist explained that the reason why wearing mask can cause acnes on the face is due to friction or pressure on the skin for over a very long time. The oil glands under the skin will try to produce excessive oil. Therefore, the pores will be easily blocked and inflamed, especially for people who have Seborrheic Dermatitis.

However, wearing mask is still the most important thing during this crisis. Thus taking care of the facial skin at the same time is the best option.  Here are the ways on how to do skincare during this situation.

  1. Avoid wearing make-up or wear make-up only during special occasions in order to reduce the risk of acnes because without makeup, the skin won’t be blocked and will be able to breath better.
  2. Apply skincare product that contained vitamin A in order to reduce clogged pores for people who have oily skins.
  3. Reduce the risk factors, especially for people who have Seborrheic Dermatitis. They should not use skincare products that contain alcohol, but they should rather apply the right moisturizer that could reduce excessive oil production, clogged pores, and suits the skin condition.
  4. If the symptoms are getting worst, seek medical treatment.

“Aside those above mentioned cause of acne, there is another cause which is an allergy to mask. People who are allergic to mask will have itchy rashes and dry flaky skin around the area. Hence, applying a moisturizer on the skin can reduce the allergic symptoms, but if the symptoms are getting more severe, you should see the dermatologist to receive the proper treatment.” said Dr. Chanika.

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