What are the best products and procedures to address skin irritation and acne caused by wearing masks for more than 8 hours a day during COVID?

OH that’s right! We all do the same in our clinic and are seeing a surprising number of patients with mask-related issues. If you really want to try OTC hydrocortisone, please use it for no more than 3-7 days once or twice a day. Remember that cortisones will remove the redness, so it looks better, but acts as fertilizer for yeast and bacteria and makes them worse in the long run.

Issues related to covid masks:

  • Increased oil secretion and acne
  • Skin Yeast Growth
  • Staph (meaning staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, not staphylococcus aureus), and other bacterial infections,
  • Arouse
  • Allergy problem.

Here is the top 7!

  1. If you’re a healthcare worker, salon worker, or anyone who wears a face mask many hours a day, consider getting a staphylococcal culture from your nose by your doctor. Because 10-20% of us are silent carriers of staph, it can penetrate the skin with the moist and warm environment of the mask. Therefore, Q-tip like cotton swab is done right inside the nostril. Therefore, this is Not as cultures Covid and Not pain.
  2. Wash your cloth mask every day. Besides that, it’s best to have a few that you can rotate to keep them clean. Wash in hot water, not cold.
  3. Change your medical mask several times a day. One of our patients actually had mold growing in her body from trying to reuse it too many times.
  4. For oil and acne, try using benzoyl peroxide or another acne pad two to three times a day when you’re having lunch or a break. Consider not using moisturizer for a while under the mask to see if that helps.
  5. For irritation, check if it is suitable. Constant rubbing is the most common reason and the bridge of the nose is the worst. Try different masks until you find the right one. A little vaseline can do the trick, too. Your employer will usually be able to get them, if you’re in health care.
  6. Rash… if you get a rash under the mask, get a bacterial culture. You may have to convince your doctor, but insist, because it is much better to get an accurate diagnosis before treatment.
  7. Allergic reaction. This could be detergent left over on fabric masks, or even dyes like dispersant blue commonly used in denim masks.

Hope this is useful,

Dr. B

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