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Red Rashes Behind Your Masks...If Not Maskne, Then What?

Red Rashes Behind Your Masks...If Not Maskne, Then What?

If a few years ago we'd told you that the word 'Maskne' (mask infused acne) would become a regular part of skincare vocabulary, then you probably wouldn't have believed us. But as it turns out, since last year, there is a serious concern over skincare conditions related to masks. While wearing masks has become normal and necessary, the side effects of wearing masks on the skin are also on the rise.  

While Maskne is getting recognition, the red rashes or maskne looking acne may not be acne at all. There are other skin conditions that come with wearing masks for a prolonged time, and one such common skin condition is 'Perioral Dermatitis'. 

What is Perioral Dermatitis?

What is Perioral Dermatitis


Peri: around, Oral: mouth, and Dermatitis: a skin rash or irritation

Perioral Dermatitis is red rashes that often look like acne. It can be recognized as a scaly rash that develops around the chin, lips, and nose. It is not contagious, and it doesn’t itch. The red spots can easily get inflamed, and over time they flake and crack. 

Difference between maskne and dermatitis

In mask-induced acne, your pores get clogged with dirt, oil, or skin flakes, giving rise to inflamed cysts that may burst over time.

On the other hand, perioral dermatitis is more of an inflammatory rash. There can be various reasons for it, but it is mostly triggered by the disruption of your skin's natural equilibrium, such as usage of topical substances like steroid medications, or irritating cosmetics. 

Other causes of perioral dermatitis, can be the humid, enclosed space behind the face mask. Depending on the type of masks you're wearing, you can have a lot of moisture sitting on the skin behind the mask, causing a damp environment. 

What are the symptoms of perioral dermatitis?

  • Itching or burning sensation of the skin
  • Skin irritation and inflammation
  • The affected area (around the mouth and nose) may feel numb or tingly
  • The skin around the rash may be dry or flaky
  • Bumps may develop into pustules( fluid-filled) and can resemble acne or small blisters

How to prevent or treat perioral dermatitis

How to prevent or treat perioral dermatitis

Practice good mask hygiene

By now we all must have recognized the importance of wearing masks, owing to the global pandemic. You must have heard this numerous times that you must have good mask hygiene. And by that we mean, the disposing of used masks, and wearing a clean mask every time stepping out of the house. 

After coming back to your house, if you are wearing a non-washable mask (surgical mask), then dispose of it. If you are wearing a reusable mask-like N95, or any fabric mask, then you must keep it in washing. Once you remove your mask, it is important to wash your hands with a good soap, or cleanser. And it is equally important to wash your face with a mild cleanser (fragrance-free). 

Avoid the temptation of wearing the used or dirty masks as they can disrupt the microbial balance on your face. 

Avoid steroids based creams

To manage the symptoms of perioral dermatitis, many people opt for steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, like hydrocortisone cream. While such medications may suppress the redness temporarily, once you stop using them, rebound rashes are likely to happen. So, the bottom line is, hydrocortisone cream actually makes the skin condition worse. 

Streamline your skincare routine

Using too many skin care products can aggravate the skin condition. Now would be a good time to ditch thick cosmetics. If you are suffering from perioral dermatitis, it is better to ditch heavy makeup under the mask. However, it is quite important to have a skincare routine to help your skin in overcoming rashes. You can opt for a light moisturizer, followed by a hydrating serum. Do not forget to apply sunscreen before stepping out in the sun, as without any SPF, your skin may suffer more. 

Suggested moisturizing cream: Slova REFRESH

Formulated for day and night use, Slova REFRESH helps repair skin damage, improve tone and texture. Caviar in REFRESH nourishes and fights all the signs of aging. Hyaluronic Acid boosts Collagen production, thus helping the skin restore its natural moisture & improve nourishment. REFRESH is loaded with nourishing oils that deliver maximum nourishment to your skin.

Suggested serum: Slova REVIVE

Slova REVIVE is formulated with Plant Stem Cells that protect the skin from environmental aggressors and inhibits photoaging. While omega fatty acids in plant stem cells promote firmness and elasticity, dermcom repair skin and boost collagen production for a healthier-looking complexion.

When to visit a dermatologist?

There are plenty of DIYs for treating perioral dermatitis available on the internet. However, they are not proven to be effective. So, it is better not to believe in unproven treatments. If the above-mentioned treatments or practices don't help you, then it is time to see a dermatologist. Whether your condition isn’t clearing or is developing into a more severe case, or you’re just very uncomfortable, a trip to the dermatologist can help.

Summing up

It is no news that wearing a mask for a prolonged time can take a toll on skin's health. For the general public, it is not so severe, but for healthcare providers and frontliners, they are the major ones affected with severe skin conditions.

If the condition is not getting better in a few weeks, then consulting a dermatologist is considered the best option. 

Wear a mask, save lives! Stay home and safe.