I’m having a horrible time lately with my lower face breaking out, especially my chin and around my mouth. I’ve had female co-workers (none of the few men at Hades Annex were involved in this conversation) say they’re having similar problems, across a range of ages, skin types, and makeup/no makeup.
I’m in the no-makeup camp myself, and wear cotton masks that get changed out each day. Maximum duration of continuous wear is about an hour, since I do take it off while between buses, and am only required to wear it at work when away from my desk (unless eating in the breakroom, but I still have to wear it to go to the breakroom). My supply gets washed in with white laundry each week, with hot water and “sanitize” levels of bleach (frequently with an extra rinse cycle so I’m not breathing that lovely “public pool” aroma). Others reporting this problem use reusables (no clue about their laundry practices) or disposables. The type of mask doesn’t seem to make a huge difference among my admittedly limited sample.
Is this a common problem, and does it have a reasonable solution? At 51, I think I should be past breaking out like this.