No chance for “Maskne”: How to prevent pimples under the FFP2 mask

On the train journey, in the theatre, at school or at work: the mask sits on some people’s faces for several hours. It is not unusual for the skin to react to this, explains Professor Peter Elsner, spokesman for the German Dermatological Society. It may be irritated, itchy, or even inflamed.

If you sweat under the mask, you should wash your face with lukewarm water or wipe it gently from time to time. In general, an FFP2 mask should fit in such a way that it does not rub. Breaks are also important. A thirty-minute break after an hour and a quarter of wearing time is ideal. Fresh air is good for the skin, so it is best to get out into the fresh air as much as possible without a mask.

Mild cleansing and strengthening barrier

A mild cleansing foam or cleansing creams without alcohol are suitable for daily skin cleansing. For creaming the skin of the face, you should use fatty care creams that bind the water in the epidermis, improve the skin’s barrier function and relieve itching. “Ideally, these are face creams that have been tested for skin compatibility,” says Elsner.

If wearing a mask has already caused severe symptoms or if there is even an underlying skin disease that is getting worse, a dermatologist must prescribe specific medication. Elsner recommends above all cortisone-free agents.

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