Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Sunday, January 24, 2010


Question: I use the full face mask with cpap. It seems that where the mask contacts my face, acne breaks out. What causes this and what is best to treat the acne with?

Response: William, Acne from a CPAP mask is not uncommon. While most of my patients eventually switch to oral appliance I can offer a few suggestions.

1. Keep the mask and hoses scrupulously clean

2. A thin layer of Lanolin can be place on the ares where the mask contacts the face 1/2 hour before putting the mask on. The skin should be thoroughly washed and dried first.

Dr Shapira

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posted by Dr Shapira at 11:52 AM