‘MASKNE’: Acne a side-effect of mask-wearing during COVID-19?

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Here’s a fallout you may not have thought of from the pandemic — acne. Manni Szigeti, the owner of Rain Spa and Salon in North York, said she’s been approached by clients on social media, claiming that wearing masks resulted in them breaking out in pimples. She said people have dubbed the unsightly facial bumps, “Maskne,” as in mask acne. “It’s sweat, you’re breathing in bacteria,” she said Tuesday. “Normally, we shed skin cells. It’s the dirt and oil that gets clogged. In 25 days, our skin exfoliates and sheds. Because of the mask that we have to wear, it’s trapped. And some people find they have irritation with masks (with chafing).”

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