Gage Gongas-Mustangs Ahead

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(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Throughout the first week of school, Mustangs and faculty have had to adjust to wearing face masks for long periods of time.

Some have already noticed the effects on their skin.

Senior Maddie Forman said, “It has definitely been an adjustment trying to get used to masks. My skin feels slightly drier since I started wearing them, but I know it is worth it due to the risks if I don’t.”

Wearing a face mask all day can irritate the skin, clog pores, promote breakouts of acne, and cause painful chafing.

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This acne, or “maskcne”, is often caused by reduced airflow to the skin that creates a hot and humid environment in which bacteria thrives.

Senior Blake Allen said, “I noticed after wearing a mask that my skin is red and irritated.”

However, there are some steps you can take to keep your skin healthy.

Mask choice is huge factor in how your skin reacts to bacteria and irritation, so be sure to pick the one best for you.

According to, the best masks for your skin are ones made from 100 percent cotton.  

Also keeping your skin clean is vital, so make sure to not only wash your mask consistently after using it but also your face with a gentle cleanser.

Although masks will take some getting used to, it will be worth it if it helps Mustangs stay healthy and be able to stay in school in a safe way.