What Are the Causes of “Maskne” (and What is It)?

As people around the country have begun wearing face masks for hours at a time each day to combat the spread of COVID-19, many have noticed a “new” form of acne breakouts to deal with. These skin irritations, known as “maskne”—which are worsened by the humid summers in South Florida—are common among residents of the …

Dermatology and COVID

As dermatologists in Florida, we have heard increasing reports of dermatologic manifestations of COVID-19. The first case series of skin manifestations included 18 Italian patients with rashes that included non-specific red rashes, hives, or chickenpox-like lesions that were often seen on the trunk.1  Other reports have included lesions attributed to blood vessel inflammation that are …

Winter Weather: The Breakdown of a Gentle Skin Care Routine

As the “winter weather” rolls into Southwest Florida, we need to make some changes to our skin care regimen. The decrease in humidity can lead to dry, scaly, irritated, and itchy skin. While I do recommend a gentle skin care regimen all year round, it is even more important during the winter. There are several …

Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreen: What’s the Deal?

Hawaii is the first state in the United States to ban the sale of sunscreen containing the coral-harming chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate, ushering in a new era of reef-safe sunscreen. The new law goes into effect January 1, 2021, but many visitors and residents are already trading in their non-reef-safe sun protection. So what does this mean for the rest …

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