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Get Rid of Pesky Acne on Chin aka Maskne
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Have you been getting acne on the chin and the areas around it? Learn the causes and how to prevent them.
As the name suggests, it’s the kind of acne that appears on the faces of mask wearers. What causes it, and is there a way to prevent it?
Maskne: More than Just Acne on Chin
In 2020, the whole world changed, and a new normal began. Several years ago, people would only wear face masks to protect themselves from air pollution or heavy smoke and debris in the air. But post pandemic, face masks became a mandatory item to limit the spread of COVID-19. With that, another issue arose: acne, specifically acne on the chin.
From January to February 2020, mask-wearing physicians and nurses in Hubei, China, were asked to fill in an online questionnaire. It included
In contrast to its new name, maskne is an old problem. Dermatologists usually refer to it by its medical name, which is acne mechanica. This variant is one of the seven most common types of acne.
Acne mechanica used to be prevalent among athletes and workers who wear helmets with chin straps. But now, anyone can suffer from this type of acne.
How Acne on Chin and Other Areas Develop
Your mask is not the sole culprit of your maskne problem. It develops due to several reasons:
We wear our masks for many hours a day. On many occasions, the inside of your mask will rub against the skin of your face. When this happens, it can irritate the small hair follicles. Eventually, it can trigger skin inflammation and acne.
We’re not just talking about Malaysia’s hot and humid weather but also the environment inside the mask. When you breathe, talk, or sweat, moisture from the nose and mouth will accumulate, making it humid and easier for bacteria to breed and cause acne.
Repeated use of the same mask
Residue from cosmetics, sweat stains, skin oils, and dead skin cells can collect inside the mask. This can create clogged pores. Using the same mask repeatedly may cause acne.
TCM believes that
In TCM, Damp-Heat constitution is the pathological basis of acne. Influenced by external factors, Damp-Heat constitution can lead to acne in the three pattern types, including Lung meridian Wind-Heat, Spleen and stomach Damp-Heat, and Phlegm Stasis Congestion and Stagnation.
An unhealthy diet can further worsen this skin condition. A diet high in sugar and
From TCM’s point of view, greasy foods can induce acne as it can stimulate Heat accumulation in the Spleen and stomach. This process messes up the digestive system and triggers excessive sebum secretion.
How to Prevent Maskne
There are five ways to prevent acne from developing around your chin, cheeks, and nose bridge.
1. Take a break from your mask
2. Choose a good mask
Make sure your mask fits you as a comfortable fit protects you and reduces skin problems. If it is too tight or frequently slides off, it will rub against your face often and irritate the skin.
3. Change your mask
Replace your disposable mask regularly. Doing this can prevent bacteria from coming into contact with your skin and give better
4. Use gentle and mild skincare
Products with fragrances, too many
When it comes to makeup, choose the products labelled as non-comedogenic so they won’t clog your pores. Better yet, if possible, don’t wear makeup underneath your mask.
5. Eat a balanced diet
6. Acupuncture and moxibustion therapies
TCM also recommends a combination of natural remedies with facial
It might be difficult to avoid maskne on the chin and other parts of the face. However, there are ways to minimise it. Maintain good hygiene, eat well, try herbal remedies, and most importantly, be gentle with your skin.
This is an adaptation of an article, “中医教你改善口罩痘，恢复健康皮肤”, which first appeared on the Health123 website.
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- Yale Medicine. 2020. Maskne: What Is It and How Do You Prevent It? [Accessed on 30 August 2022]
- American Academy of Dermatology Association. 2020. 9 ways to prevent face mask skin problems. [Accessed on 30 August 2022]
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