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Seattle business owner donates skin cream to help health care workers with 'mask rash'

Owner of Bedrock has donated more than $10,000 of skin balm to help workers at Seattle-area hospitals.

SEATTLE — A small business owner in Seattle has found a way to bring relief to local medical workers suffering from “mask rash.”

It’s a very real side effect from wearing face coverings for hours on end.

Rachel Wernet, who lives in the Wallingford neighborhood, has stepped in to help out those heroes.

Wernet is a mother of two who found herself creating a skincare line after a painful armpit rash nearly ruined an anniversary trip. She educated herself on possible causes and remedies and eventually turned to zinc oxide.

After zinc oxide calmed her skin, Bedrock skincare was born. Wernet has since built a loyal customer base online.

"I never imagined my skincare company could help health care workers in the midst of a pandemic, but when I heard complexions were going crazy, I knew instantly my products could help," said Wernet.

Health care workers are not only putting themselves at risk of catching COVID-19, but they also face side effects of their protective wear that are not minor.

Wearing masks for extended periods can cause various forms of skin irritation, from acne-like breakouts to severe rashes. The results aren’t pretty and they can be painful.

Wernet said she began hearing from friends in nursing that were desperate for some relief.

She admitted that her home-based business hasn’t even broken even yet, but said that shouldn't stop someone from offering help for free.

Wernet reached out to several hospitals and was able to deliver her Bedrock Balm to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Swedish Cherry Hill, Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center and Seattle Children’s.

She has donated more than $10,000 worth of her products, and nurses and medical professionals have left grateful reviews on her site.

You can read the reviews and learn more about the products she created on her website www.bedrockskin.com.