Dermatologist recommends mask hygiene for pesky breakouts

The Governor's statewide mask mandate is in place and many are having to wear masks in order to tackle daily tasks.

Posted: Jun 25, 2020 9:12 PM
Updated: Jun 26, 2020 9:49 AM

CALIFORNIA - The Governor's statewide mask mandate is in place and many are having to wear masks in order to tackle daily tasks.

ReddingDerm Dermatologist Dr. Craig Kraffert said with so many masks out there, choosing which mask is best for you depends on your circumstance.

There are two types of masks to choose from: disposable and reusable.

In both cases, masks become very dirty because bacteria can build up.

That's why Dr. Kraffert recommends you wash the reusable masks daily in hot water and ditch the one-time-use masks after you use them.

He adds people should not go more than a day without properly washing their masks because people can break out from wearing them too often.

"There's a new type of acne, it's called maskne and maskne is a thing for two reasons," said Kraffert. "First there's a thing called acne mechanica where the friction, especially on the nose and the cheeks where the mask goes, can cause acne just like it does on football players on their chin-strap."

Dr. Kaffert said the best way to prevent the breakout is to cleanse and exfoliate once you remove your mask.

Practicing good hand hygiene is also important if you tend to touch your face.

California is one of 15 states to have a statewide mask order.

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