The Down and Dirty of Wearing Masks: 4 Tips to Avoid of “Maskne”

Available for Interviews: Dr. Reagan B. Anderson

Dr. Anderson is the author of Universal Death Care: A Solution for Healthcare in the Age of Entitlement. Dr. Anderson was a combat doctor in Iraq, and has since run a successful medical clinic in the U.S. He wrote this book because he is tired of profit-driven policies that don’t support American’s health. For this reason, Anderson has dedicated his life to changing healthcare in America.


What Dr. Anderson Can Say in
an Interview on Maskne

Face masks help slow the spread of COVID-19 but they can contribute to other problems like worsening of acne and rosacea. This occurs because of increased moisture in the area under the mask, mechanical friction of the mask on the face, and masks that are too dirty. This happens mostly in people who are prone to these skin eruptions in the first place. Here are 4 easy ways to combat these problems:

  1. Wear a clean mask. I recommend washing your masks every night with a hypo-allergenic laundry detergent (something without fragrances). Then double rinse and dry. You do not want to use fragrant detergents. Nor do you want to use a fabric softener or dryer sheets or anything that is going to make your mask smell like anything. Remember, you are breathing with these for sometimes long periods of time, and some fragrances can lead to not only skin issues, but also other problems.
  2. Wash your face. Wash your face with a good cleanser at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day. Do not rub and scrub your skin. Do not use “exfoliating” cleansers with beads or other gritty material in them. Just a gentle cleanser is all you need. If you want one with an active ingredient in it, try a Benzoyl Peroxide based cleanser, but remember to rinse it all off or it will bleach your towels and clothing.
  3. Moisturize your face. Apply a good moisturizer that is non-acne causing (non-comedogenic is the medical term) and tends to calm down inflammation in the skin (active ingredient of niacinamide, which is a B vitamin, is a good ingredient to look for). Apply after cleansing in the morning and night.
  4. Reduce Stress. Actively work on your level of stress as we are all experiencing more than usual this year. More stress can equate to poor diet and lack of exercise. All of this can contribute to acne and rosacea.

See a Dermatologist for other tips if the above suggestions do not work. Remember! Breakouts or other visual imperfections is not an excuse to stop wearing a face mask. For the health and safety of yourself and others, always wear a mask where required or whenever you would feel more comfortable if you did. 

Dr. Anderson on ABC 13 in Colorado Springs Explains:

Maskne: acne from your mask; local dermatologist explains how to treat it


Interview: Dr. Reagan B. Anderson

Dr. Reagan Anderson is an Osteopathic Doctor (DO) who specializes in general Dermatology and in Mohs Micrographic Surgery for the treatment of skin cancer. Dr. Anderson moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he attained his Bachelor of Science and Biology from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Christian Studies degree from Regent College. Dr. Anderson was then invited to attend the founding Osteopathic Medical School, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Upon matriculation, Dr. Anderson was commissioned in the United States Navy where he spent the majority of his time serving the United States Marine Corps as the First Reconnaissance Battalion Surgeon. Dr. Anderson states, “Over the five years I spent in the U.S. Navy, it was my distinct honor to serve the medical needs of the military men and women of our great country. This experience, particularly my tours in Iraq where I treated U.S. and coalition military members as well as Iraqi civilians, gave me extensive experience in recognizing and treating the underlying causes of dermatologic conditions.”

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