Are You Experiencing “Maskne”
Most of us would agree that 2020 and the start of 2021 has not been the greatest time. Our entire way of life has been affected and it has been a difficult transition for many people. Would you have ever thought that during your lifetime you would need a mask to run an errand or go to school and work? Many adults and teens are feeling the effects of wearing a mask for hours at a time with unwanted “maskne” that has developed around their mouths. Maskne is a term that was created to explain the acne and face irritation that has developed under the face mask during the pandemic. If you are experiencing this, there is a chance that your oral health is partially to blame. Continue reading to learn more.
Is your oral health a factor?
Face masks have been a part of our lives for the past ten months, and it doesn’t look like they are going anywhere anytime soon. If you are someone who has struggled with “maskne” after wearing a mask to school, work, or running errands, we encourage you to look at your oral health to see if that is the culprit. Your breath contains bacteria from your mouth, and under normal circumstances, it flows away from your face when you breathe and speak. When wearing a mask, you are creating an environment for the bacteria to hang around and cause the perfect storm for acne and skin irritation to form on the face.
The best course of action to help prevent further problems is to take some precautions before wearing your mask:
- Brush your teeth immediately before use
- Drink water regularly to flush bacteria
- Make sure to brush your tongue and use dental floss
- Visit your dentist for routine hygiene exams
We understand that these are uncertain times; however, it is more important than ever that you remain diligent in your oral care by continuing with your dental hygiene examinations. If you have not had a cleaning in six months, we recommend calling our office to schedule an appointment today. We want to assure you that we have taken every precaution to maintain the safety of our patients and our staff. If you have any questions about what measures we have taken, we encourage you to call our office located in Wayne, NJ. We hope to see you soon!