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Protecting your skin while wearing face masks

Medical experts are saying that some people are complaining about more breakouts and rashes on their face from wearing masks so often.

BRYAN, Texas — As coronavirus cases continue to rise, many places now require you to wear a face mask before your enter their facilities. 

Medical experts are saying that some people are complaining about more breakouts and rashes on their face from wearing masks so often, and Baylor Scott & White dermatologist Rachel Moore says it's because of moisture build-up. 

"If you build up the moisture in and around your skin [from breathing], then it can get damp and moist over time, then it can create a situation where you’re prone to having a bacterial or a fungal infection," said Dr. Moore.

This is why it's important to follow a basic skincare routine.

“Wash with a mild cleanser or even with a mild acne wash for more breakouts, so over-the-counter products that contain salicylic acid is perfectly fine. The main thing is to wear the mask when you need to, and when you think it’s appropriate, when you can social distance at home, obviously you’re going to take that off. Taking breaks when you can wear a mask can help increase airflow, help prevent some of the breakouts as well," said Dr. Moore.

She added that you should be constantly disposing your disposable masks and washing your cloth masks because oils and bacteria will build up in them.

“Make sure the mask is fitting you properly. It shouldn’t be so tight that it’s rubbing your skin, some people are finding using a barrier cream or Vaseline over your lips to help prevent the rubbing or chafing of your skin can be helpful," said Dr. Moore.

If the mask isn’t fitting you properly, you can also develop some sort of contact allergy such as a rash from the straps.

If you are experiencing different symptoms and are in constant pain, Dr. Moore advises you seek medical attention.

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