Masks are a fundamental element to protect us against the coronavirus. Its use is already compulsory in public transport and the possibility is being considered that this measure will also be extended to other closed spaces where it is difficult to maintain social distance.

There is no other option but to use it, but doing it can be really uncomfortable for some people, such as those who wear glasses and endure that the crystals fog up , and even lead to skin problems. From pimples or chafing to outbreaks of dermatitis. The masks cause a microenvironment in which increases humidity, friction and heat, hence the irritation.

In the case of cloth masks, the consequences can be worse since, as the WHO warned , a “potential focus of infection” , they can cause fungal problems.

Despite taking these tips and precautions into account, problems may still appear These are dermatologists’ guidelines but it is best to always consult a doctor if the reactions are serious.


It is one of the most common ‘side effects’ that appears after wearing the mask for hours. Experts recommend, above all, to clean the face very well before and after using it and not to radically change the usual skincare routine.


The most sensitive skin is the most likely to suffer an outbreak of dermatitis due to the use of masks. It can be of several types.  A type of dermatitis caused by friction may also appear, and perioral dermatitis, which appears around the mouth and may appear to be an acne outbreak.

Marks and chafing

They suffer especially those who are in the front line and have to wear the mask for many hours. Since the pandemic began, we have seen images of toilets with marks on their faces after finishing their work shifts. This occurs because the walls of small blood vessels are damaged

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