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

Answered by
Dr. Atishay Bukharia
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 10, 2022 and last reviewed on: Oct 13, 2022

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.



Welcome to

I understand your concern.

I would suggest you the following measures.

1. Use Benzoyl peroxide 2.5 % cream once at nighttime.

2. Open your mask every four hours for 15 minutes.

3. Apply a lot of moisturizer before wearing a mask.

4. Apply minimal cosmetics; otherwise, it can also aggravate acne cosmetica.

5. Wash your face twice daily with a gentle face wash containing Salicylic acid 1 %.

6. Use a cotton mask.

And if not relieved by these measures, then we need to start oral antibiotics like Azithromycin.

I hope it helps.


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