How to spray your maskne away! Dr. Pimple Popper reveals genius one-step hack for preventing acne caused by your face mask

August 12, 2020

With face masks now considered a must-wear wardrobe item for many people across the US, there has been a huge increase in the number of cases of 'maskne' - painful pimples caused by the protective gear.

But now, reality TV's favorite dermatologist, Dr. Pimple Popper, has shared an easy one-step hack for preventing maskne without having to seek professional help.

The Los Angeles-based skin expert, whose real name is Dr. Sandra Lee, took to TikTok last week to share a simple tip for avoiding face mask-induced pimples, revealing that wearers who are suffering from maskne should spray the inside of their protective covering with a salicylic acid-based product to help prevent spots.

In the quick clip, Dr. Lee is seen spraying the inside of a disposable blue face mask with a product from her own SLMD Skincare line, the Salicylic Acid Body Spray ($37.99) while noting that she uses the trick on her own masks to prevent maskne.

'Spray it on the inside of [your] mask [and] fan your mask to dry it a little,' she suggests in the video, before adding: 'Salicylic acid cleans out the oil and debris within your pores, preventing acne.' The trick, although simple, sparked a slew of praise from her TikTok followers, with many thanking her for coming to the rescue of their struggling skin.

Omg! Thank you!! I work at a hospital and a pharmacy so I'm constantly wearing one and my skin can't breath! I battle with cystic acne as it is,' one person wrote.

Another chimed in: 'Thank you for this! My mom already has very bad cystic acne and having to wear a mask all day building cars was making it worse.'

'Thank you so much!!!!! I have been struggling with acne due to my mask like I was 15 again,' a third wrote, prompting another to agree: 'Thank you for this. For someone who has had little to no acne, Ive been so frustrated over this maskne.'

However, some users claiming to work in the medical field pointed out that a mask's effectiveness can be compromised when it becomes damp, with one person commenting: 'Medical masks are actually not effective after they become damp.'

'Damp mask is useless even when it's dried after,' another wrote.

However, for anyone wearing a reusable face mask made from cloth, the trick would no doubt work just fine, without compromising the effectiveness of the mask as far as preventing the spread of COVID-19 in public - although medical professionals may not want to risk trying the hack on disposable coverings.

Others noted that you could likely spray the product directly onto the skin and wait for it to try before applying the mask, suggesting that this may also work to prevent maskne.

Dr. Lee's hack comes after she opened up to about the best ways to treat maskne - while revealing exactly what aspects of mask wearing causes pimples and blemishes to appear.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, hundreds of mask wearers have taken to social media to complain about their battles with maskne, with some sharing images of the blemishes that have appeared around their chin, mouth and cheeks as a result of wearing the protective gear.

So, Dr. Lee and a handful of other leading skin specialists shared their tips and tricks for dealing with the breakouts, while revealing the most likely causes of the mask-induced pimples.


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