The medical term for “maskne” is acne mechanica, a skin condition brought on by prolonged wear of facial personal protective equipment. “Masks impose heat, friction and occlusion on the skin and when combined with a moist environment from breathing, talking or sweating, this is a recipe for breakouts,” Dao says. “Pores get clogged and can become pimples or acne cysts. On top of that, the prolonged occlusion, heat and sweat can cause the skin to become dry, itchy and raw.”
Acne, isn’t the only skin condition reported by mask wearers, Dao says. Other common face mask skin problems include:
Allergic contact dermatitis – Some manufactured masks may contain a chemical that causes an allergic reaction. Formaldehyde and bronopol can be found in polypropylene surgical masks.
Rosacea – Classically worsened by heat and stress, mask wearing can increase flares.
Seborrheic dermatitis – It causes scaly plaques, inflamed skin and stubborn dandruff.
Folliculitis – When yeast or bacteria infect hair follicles.
Details: Brey Tea Tree healing stickers are used to spot-treat and heal acne. Do not use with other creams or serums. Each patch is one-time use and disposable.
How to use:
Wash affected area. Remove film from individual sticker and apply to blemish or acne, press gently for 5 seconds. Ingredients in the patch will absorb into the skin.
The hydrocolloid will protect the area from dust and dirt, helping to reduce swelling and spreading.