As the state of Ohio continues to tackle the novel coronavirus pandemic with mask wearing a part of the daily lives of Ohioans, some residents are dealing with the unexpected side effects of “maskne.”
A play on words with the skin irritation many people are experiencing due to wearing masks on a daily basis, Dr. Valerie Nemeth, of Mercy Health Vermilion Primary Care, says there are a number of steps people can take to prevent and mitigate the soreness to protect the health of their skin.
The problem is arising from irritation with the mask fabric rubbing against the skin all day in addition to the hot, humid environment making the skin more prone to breakouts, including those who have never experienced acne before.
Wearing a clean mask every day can make a world of difference as far as prevention, Nemeth said.
She encouraged people to make sure to wash