Maskne: Acne Caused by Wearing Masks on the Increase

Maskne acne cause by wearing a mask

One unpleasant side effect of wearing a mask is a type of acne called Maskne caused by friction and pressure on the skin on areas of the face (the chin, nose, and mouth) covered by a face covering or mask.

There have been many arguments for and against wearing masks to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus. One unpleasant side effect of wearing a mask is a type of acne called Maskne caused by friction and pressure on the skin on areas of the face (the chin, nose, and mouth) covered by a face covering or mask.

Maskne is not a new condition. The scientific name is Acne Mechanica and it’s well-known to people in professions that require wearing a mask. Combined with the friction and pressure of the mask, sweat and oil trapped under the mask can clog pores and facilitate the growth of bacteria, leading to blackheads, whiteheads, or pimples. Now that so many of us are wearing masks regularly, Maskne has hit the mainstream.

On top of the discomfort due to the clinical symptoms of acne, people may experience other negative impacts such as low self-esteem and it is often accompanied by depression and anxiety. Additionally, acne is associated with substantial financial costs, with one study estimating that the cost of treating acne in the USA is more than $2 billion a year for topical treatments and doctor’s office visits. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average out-of-pocket cost for laser skin resurfacing to address skin scarred by acne can range from $1,100 to $2,000.

Maskne and Chronic Inflammation

What most people don’t know about skin conditions is that the secret to handling them is to handle chronic inflammation in the body.

This is supported by the paper published by the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology on the US National Institutes of Health website that states that acne is primarily an inflammatory disease. So, even though we may be required to wear masks for some time yet, it is possible to alleviate the problem of Maskne by addressing levels of inflammation in the body.

The Role of Polyphenols in Handling Inflammation

Inflammation occurs by activation of the immune system in response to infection, injury, or irritation. One encouraging discovery is that polyphenols can alleviate and reverse the effects of chronic inflammation.

What are polyphenols? They’re micronutrients found in certain plant-based foods and are packed with antioxidants and potential health benefits, such as reducing and depressing inflammation without side effects.

Organic Olives for Inflammation Relief

One of the most effective sources of polyphenols for addressing inflammation, skin irritation and Maskne is organic olives. Inflammation Relief, a 100 percent natural proprietary formula extracted from fresh, organically grown olives (Olea Europaea) is now available in the US. Each capsule of Qgenics Inflammation Relief delivers double the concentration of olive polyphenols and sets a new high bar for a dietary supplement due to its bioavailable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. One capsule contains as much antioxidant polyphenols as 8 to 12 ounces of extra virgin olive oil without all the calories.

The olive polyphenols in Qgenics Inflammation Relief deliver one of the highest levels of free radical scavenging activity against the damaging effects of inflammation on cells, body tissues, and skin. In fact, a particular polyphenol in olives has an ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity – its ability to absorb cell-damaging free radicals) of 68,576 – which is considered to be 15 times higher than green tea.

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