‘Maskne’ is Real: Adult Acne Caused by Wearing COVID-19 Masks

After hearing health recommendations from the CDC about tips and tools to stop the spread of the coronavirus, wearing a mask when going outdoors or being in public has become somewhat of a norm. Mask sales have skyrocketed through the roof and some companies have even changed their business strategy to now begin selling masks to keep up with the demand.

But with all this mask-wearing, more people are beginning to complain about a skin condition nicknamed, “maskne” or “mask acne.” Maskne , or it’s proper name “acne mechanica,” is caused by the combination of rubbing from the mask, which irritates the skin barrier, as well as the hot moisture trapped inside, which dilates the pores and allows bacteria and oil to clog them up. Once the follicles are trapped with dirt and other build-up, they become inflamed, leading to breakouts around your cheek, eyes and nose.