THE NEW ACNE
MEN'S FOLIO Malaysia|October 2020
THE NEW ACNE
The Men’s Folio guide to maskne, and what can you do about it.
Nawaf Rahman

Face mask is a non-negotiable safety measure for curbing the spread of COVID-19 but this new normal has brought on an inevitable skin concern. You’ve probably heard the term “Maskne” – a random outbreak of pimples caused by wearing a mask. These pesky breakouts often occur along the jawline, or anywhere where the mask makes contact with the face, trapping bacteria and dirt within our pores.

Your skin may not like being covered and if you’re experiencing maskne or other related skin irritations, know that you’re not alone. While 2020 pretty much feels beyond repair, maskne doesn’t have to be on that list because there are steps you can take to minimise f lare-ups and treat existing maskne, and at the same time, protect yourself when wearing a face covering. We reached out to Dr Anna Hoo, the founder and CEO of Anna Hoo Clinic, an aesthetic group practice to learn about maskne, including – more specifically – how to treat and prevent it during this new normal.

WHAT IS MASKNE?

Technically, the clinical name for this kind of breakout is called acne mechanica. It may be new to the public but it’s a common term even before the pandemic especially among professions who have to wear PPE all day and athletes wearing helmets and chin guards, says Dr Anna.

WHAT EXACTLY CAUSES MASKNE?

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October 2020