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How to treat acne breakout in the face mask area in a 38-year-old diabetic lady?

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Dr. K. Shobana

Published At October 10, 2022
Reviewed AtSeptember 22, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am a 38-year-old lady, on diabetic treatment, previously treated for acne a few years ago. For one year with Retin A tablets, currently suffering a limited acne breakout in the area of the face mask and was prescribed mild topical exfoliants with cream for pore purification; it generally stopped, especially after limiting the use of a mask when not needed and discontinued makeup under the mask, but I am afraid my acne will come back, is this only mask induced? Please help.


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I understand your concern. I would suggest you the following measures. Use Benzoyl peroxide 2.5 % cream once at nighttime. Open your mask every four hours for 15 minutes. Apply a lot of moisturizer before wearing a mask. Apply minimal cosmetics; otherwise, it can also aggravate acne cosmetica. Wash your face twice daily with a gentle face wash containing Salicylic acid 1 %. Use a cotton mask. And if not relieved by these measures, then we need to start oral antibiotics like Azithromycin. I hope it helps. Regards.

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