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Are you suffering from an outbreak of 'maskne'?

Face coverings are causing skin complaints for many. Sarah Rodrigues finds out how to deal with them

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Kate picked a floral mask to wear for the charity visit (Chris Jackson/PA)

Kate picked a floral mask to wear for the charity visit (Chris Jackson/PA)

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The Duchess of Cambridge wearing a face mask  (Chris Jackson/PA Wire)

The Duchess of Cambridge wearing a face mask (Chris Jackson/PA Wire)

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Kate picked a floral mask to wear for the charity visit (Chris Jackson/PA)

I was sweating uncomfortably under my mask after just a short train journey; at lunch in a restaurant, I gazed with a mix of pity and wonder at staff, rushing around in face coverings between the hot kitchen and crowded tables. No wonder the skin complaints caused by the now-mandatory wearing of masks have become so common as to coin a name - "maskne".

"Mask wearing is a vital step to returning to 'normal' in the Covid-19 era, but it doesn't come without its problems," says Dr Sophie Shotter, aesthetic practitioner and spokesman for Swedish skin-tech brand Foreo.

"Our breath is warm and moist; every time we exhale into our masks, this humid air is trapped within them."