Ask a Doc: Now that I wear a face mask every day, I’ve noticed that I have been breaking out. What can I do to help my skin? | Harbin

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Question: Now that I wear a face mask every day, I’ve noticed that I have been breaking out. What can I do to help my skin?

Dr. Jonathan Pewitt: Wearing a face mask is likely to be part of your daily wardrobe. Face coverings play a crucial role in reducing exhaled air particles and slowing the spread of COVID-19. However, your skin may be experiencing some pesky side effects, such as redness, acne and facial irritation. By practicing effective facial hygiene, you can help curb those breakouts while still wearing a mask and protecting those around you.

Masks provide an important layer of protection. However, when not washed or cleaned properly, they can clog pores and flare acne. While there are a variety of reasons breakouts occur, the top two as it relates

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Improving health care through cell-based interceptive medicine

Improving European healthcare through cell-based interceptive medicine
Magnification of miniature chips: Single cells are encapsulated in tiny droplets and supplied with reagents for further processing. Credit: Felix Petermann, MDC

Hundreds of innovators, research pioneers, clinicians, industry leaders and policy makers from all around Europe are united by a vision of how to revolutionize healthcare. In two publications—a perspective article in the journal Nature and the LifeTime Strategic Research Agenda—they now present a detailed roadmap of how to leverage the latest scientific breakthroughs and technologies over the next decade to track, understand and treat human cells throughout an individual’s lifetime.

The LifeTime initiative, co-coordinated by the Max Delbrueck Center of Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) in Berlin and the Institut Curie in Paris, has developed a strategy to advance personalized treatment for five major disease classes: cancer, neurological, infectious, chronic inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases. The aim is a new age of personalized, cell-based interceptive medicine for

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What You Need to Know

  • Original Medicare doesn’t cover all costs, so you can use Medicare supplement plans, sometimes called Medigap plans, to help offset your share of healthcare costs.
  • HealthPartners is a Minnesota-based insurance company that offers several Medicare supplement plan options.
  • HealthPartners plans are available in all 87 Minnesota counties, plus several counties in Wisconsin.

Based in Minnesota, HealthPartners is an insurance company that offers several Medicare supplement plan options to residents of all 87 counties in the state and eight counties in Wisconsin. HealthPartners received an overall 2020 Medicare Star rating of five stars, which is an “Excellent” rating.

Medicare supplement plans can be purchased in all 87 counties in Minnesota.

Plans are also available to residents of these Wisconsin counties:

  • Barron
  • Burnett
  • Douglas
  • Dunn
  • Pierce
  • Polk
  • St. Croix
  • Washburn

If you already have a HealthPartners plan and move outside of Minnesota or one of these Wisconsin counties, you can keep your

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