Can wearing a face mask cause lupus skin lesions?
It’s hard to say if a mask is causing your lesions or if a mask is causing an irritation to your skin. If you’re having a flare, it’s important to talk with your doctor to determine the cause of your lupus lesions and discuss ways to minimize the reaction you are having.
A few things to think about as far as the mask fabric irritating your skin:
- Are you using disposable masks or a cloth mask?
- If you are using a cloth mask, are you washing/changing it frequently to limit the oils and bacteria from your skin that accumulate on the mask?
- Another possibility is that the laundry detergent being used to wash the mask is causing some type of irritation to your skin, triggering a response from your lupus.
You may also want to check out our online lupus community called LupusConnect, which is dedicated to helping individuals with lupus and their loved ones around the globe. This 24/7 online community is a great place to talk to others about day-to-day living with lupus and if anyone else is experiencing skin issues as a result of wearing a mask.
Join LupusConnect today to share experiences, find emotional support and discuss practical insights for coping with the daily challenges of the disease.
The Lupus Foundation of America and our health education specialists have answered some of your most common questions. The provided answers are for educational and information purposes only. Consult with your doctor/health care team for medical advice.
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