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What are the symptoms of acne mechanica?:

Acnelike rash that can be red, pustular and painful.

Is acne mechanica contagious?:

No.

Triggers:

Exercising while wearing occlusive (pore-blocking) protective gear like helmets and padding. It’s commonly seen around the chin, forehead and any skin that presses against padding. Wicking material may also trigger the rash in some people.

Treatment options:

Mild acne prescription medications and topical antibiotic lotions.

Other ways to overcome:

Place a cotton (or other soft, breathable fabric) lining against the skin where helmets or padding rub. Avoid wicking material if it bothers you.

This was excerpted from “8 Common Skin Problems and How to Treat Them — Naturally”.

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