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Help! I have Maskne!

Masks

A: We do too! Masks, while super important to prevent the spread of COVID-19, can be hard on the skin. You can develop problems like acne or skin irritation. But wait! There are some simple tips to help protect your skin. Maskne is a much more fun way to describe acne mechanica, a skin condition

Can I wear a face shield by itself?

Masks

A: NOPE. No face shield by itself. As we’ve previously covered, use of face shields by themselves is not recommended. A previous experimental study evaluated how well face shields protected the wearer, showing that smaller inbound particles can easily flow around the shield. Now in a new pre-print (not yet peer-reviewed) by scientists from the

Is it true that neck gaiters are *worse* than no mask at all?!

Masks Staying Safe

A: Probably not. If you like neck gaiters, breathe easy 🙂. Fabric (tighter weave) and fit are the more important variables, and wearing a face covering is almost certainly better than nothing at all. Double-up the layering to be safe. “Gaiter-gate” as it’s been lovingly dubbed, emerged last week from coverage of a small study

What to make of that recent study on different types of masks?

Masks Staying Safe

A: Check out this excellent post from our friend Your Local Epidemiologist! Types of face masks. In the past, we’ve only used surgical masks during epidemics (think SARS and MERS). We know these work. If you need the science (including a meta-analysis) let me know. But, now that we need masks on a global scale,