Wearing a tight-fitting covering over your nose, mouth, and chin has its drawbacks, especially as temperatures and humidity rise and we all start sweating behind our masks. Even when washed regularly, a mask can act a bit like a petri dish against the skin. Enter “maskne,” the newest pandemic side effect.

If you wake up with a giant zit on your chin, you’re probably going to try to do something about it. If you’re going to take matters into your own hands, do yourself a favor and learn how to do it safely and correctly.