Maskne – Acne caused due to wearing of Mask

Acne is annoying for anybody who is experiencing it but thankfully, there are ways to deal with this skin problem when it starts to take over our face. In the event of COVID infections it requires us to wear masks regularly and for longer periods of time in some cases. While we’re covering up our mouths and noses to stop the spread of COVID-19, some of us are uncovering a new problem – maskne


While maskne might be new to many of us.

The stress from the pandemic, as well as the local irritation from your mask, can make maskne more likely.

When you breathe or talk, your mask tends to trap in a lot of hot air. Besides being annoying, this air creates a warm, humid environment — and an ideal setting for microorganisms to grow. This bacterial growth and friction from your mask can promote acne and as well as something called perioral dermatitis. This is when fine pimples and pustules appear around the nose and mouth.

Lightweight thin cotton masks can cause less chance of acne but  its protection against Covid  infection will not be very effective.

While maskne can be quite annoying problem ditching your mask is not an option. When it comes to stopping the spread of COVID-19, a mask is your first line of defense.

If you get maskne, you can go to the dermatologist and there are effective medications to get the problem under control.




Dr. Vimi Ponnamparambath

Specialist Dermatologist

Aster Beauty Clinic, Al Warqa




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