The COVID-19 pandemic has bought about many changes in the way we live our everyday lives, including the mandatory wearing of a face covering while in public spaces. While wearing face masks can potentially help slow down the spread of the virus, they have also been linked to a number of skin issues. First, there were mask-related breakouts, known as ‘maskne’, but now a new skin condition has been identified by a leading dermatologist who has coined it ‘maskitis’.
What is Maskitis?
When wearing your face covering, has your skin underneath the material ever come up in a rash, marked by small bumps, redness, inflammation or become overly dry and flaky? If so, this could be signs of maskitis, according to Dr Dennis Gross, a board-certified dermatologist with over 25 years’ experience.
What’s the Difference Between Maskne and Maskitis?
Maskne and maskitis cause two different reactions to the skin but can easily be mistaken for one another, leading to using the wrong products to treat it.
Maskne causes acne breakouts under the mask area, while maskitis causes a rash, redness, dryness, and inflammation and can appear under or above the mask area.
To find out how to treat maskne, read our top tips here: How to prevent ‘maskne’.
How to Treat Maskitis?
If you think you're showing signs of maskitis, Dr Gross recommends using products that have a soothing and anti-inflammatory effect. Look out for skincare products which are kind to the skin and include emollients, and niacinamide.
Remember, with dirt, sweat, and bacteria building up on your skin underneath your mask, it’s important to thoroughly cleanse your skin, both morning and night, as well as washing or replacing your mask regularly to help prevent skin concerns, such as maskitis, occurring.