As we adjust to the important (and in some places mandatory) act of wearing a mask during the current global health crisis, our skin is also adjusting. Though very much necessary, a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reported a 97 percent rate of skin damage enhanced by infection-prevention measures among front line medical workers in Hubei, China.

While the bruises and skin injuries documented by some frontline workers come from the necessity of wearing personal protective equipment at a tight fit for the entirety of their long shifts, cloth masks or other face coverings used by the general public will also impact each person’s skin differently. If you’re experiencing “maskne” or other skin irritations, know you’re not alone. We asked experts how to take care of our skin during this new normal.

How Will Wearing a Mask Impact My Skin?

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