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Treating skin irritations from wearing face masks

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Wash the face gently with soap and water, twice daily.

Use medications as directed.

Consult your dermatologist or primary health care provider if a new rash erupts, or if the current skin condition changes appearance or is not responding to treatment.

Dr. Davis also stresses washing cotton face masks to keep them clean. She says washing by hand is gentler on the mask. However, remember to wash adequately with soap and hot water.

Dr. Davis offers other reminders, including:

Replace ties or elastic, as needed, if they wear.


Replace the mask if it tears or develops holes.

Wear the mask over the nose and mouth -- not just the mouth.

Don't forget about potential irritation behind the ears and under the chin.

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