As if 2020 wasn't terrible enough, constantly trying to find new and exciting ways to ruin our lives, the next wicked fun thing the pandmeic has brought is what's being called 'maskne'. Which is basically a bunch of extra zits caused by irritation from your mask. So you're already inconvenienced, can't breathe well on hot days, and now... zits.

According to WGME - TV13, the condition is actually called acne mechanica. This means that the acne is caused by the friction of the mask on your face. think about it, every time you talk for instance, that mask moves around a little bit. And then it rubs on the tip of your nose, or along the spots where it touches your cheeks or neck.

So what can you do? Experts have offered up a few tips to help out:

Wash your mask often. This may seem like a no-brainer, but you'd be amazed at how many people just leave one dangling from their cars mirror for days at a time. But it will begin to collect bacteria and dirt that could lead to maskne.

Make sure your skin care products are as gentle as possible. And along those lines, you might want to wash your face a little more often, this time of year especially, and use products without a lot of harsh chemicals that dry it out too much or anything like that.

Avoid makeup when possible. Obviously, this won't apply to most dudes, but women may want to consider wearing a bit less, or making sure it's the type that moisturizes, instead of drying your skin out more. See above....

Finding the right mask is a big deal, too. There's a few factors here. you want to make sure above all, that it fits right. You also want a nice lightweight fabric that breathes well, but still protects well.

The sentiment is that you should treat masks almost like underwear. Nobody wants undies that don't fit right. Or undies that are filthy. I mean really, when was the last time you hung your dirty underwear on the rearview mirror to air it out to wear them again? So why would you want to put something almost that dirty on your face?

Of course, there's no one-size-fits-all cure, but anything you can do these days to keep masks as comfortable is worth doing. Especially in hot weather. I gave you some tips last week for wearing masks on hot days, so a lot of those  work in conjunction with these. Either way, try to keep cool, Bangor.

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