Dr. Dennis Gross Speaks on Maskitis Versus Maskne

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Dr. Gross has seen a spike in patients with, what he has coined as, maskitis.

Maskitis is a skin rash, marked by small bumps, redness, inflammation and dry, flaky skin – it is often confused with maskne. Knowing the difference is important because a misdiagnosis can lead to further skin irritation.

Genetic predispositions determine whether you are more likely to develop maskne or maskitis – however, each condition requires a different treatment. Maskitis requires products with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as superfoods and adaptogens with niacinamide while acne treatments are best for maskne.

Dr. Gross says, "I have seen countless patients come into my practice thinking they have maskne when they actually have maskitis. For treatment, they are reaching for acne products which is causing further irritation and inflammation," Dr. Gross says. "Instead, they need a product that is soothing, decreases inflammation, and rebalances the skin.”

Read more here: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/dr-dennis-gross-gives-tips-to-identify-maskne-vs-maskitis-301196645.html



Acne breakouts underneath the mask area

Rash, redness, dryness, and inflammation; can be under the mask area or above the mask

More likely to experience if you have oily skin and are prone to acne

More likely to experience if you are prone to dermatitis

Treatment: Products with acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid, farnesol, and monk pepper with soothing ingredients like green tea extract

Treatment: Products with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as superfoods and adaptogens with niacinamide


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