Ramsay Farah, MD, is an associate professor and chief of dermatology at Upstate
Faces and hands take a beating during pandemic; dermatologist suggests ways to keep them in good shape
The coronavirus pandemic has created or worsened skin problems, such as “maskne,” so called because it looks like acne under a mask, and irritated hands from increased handwashing and sanitizer use. Upstate dermatology chief Ramsay Farah, MD, talks about these conditions and how to avoid them while observing infection control guidelines. Moisturizing is important, he notes, and those who must wear masks for long periods should avoid makeup, aftershaves and harsh skin products if possible. He also talks about skin problems of hospitalized COVID patients, the challenges of treating patients by telemedicine and a recent rise in demand for cosmetic procedures.