I spotted an ache*(not sure if acne is singular or plural)* on my face after I removed my face mask (coronaviruse). I want to know if the following are correct given the context:

  1. It happened because of wearing the mask.- I'm saying that a particular mask is responsible for the acne. (sorry not sure how to use acne)
  2. It happened because of wearing a mask.- this is a general statement, I'm saying that masks cause acne.
  3. It happened because of wearing masks.- This should be incorrect here since I only have one mask. It would be correct if I were a doctor and had to wear different masks everyday.

Note- I'm not sure if it should be 'an acne' or 'acnes' or just 'acne.'

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    Acne is uncountable. I spotted some acne on my face. – Michael Harvey Jul 3 '20 at 17:33
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    If you want to refer to one single occurrence of acne on your face, options include pimple, blackhead / whitehead (depending on the appearance of the outbreak), or eruption. – Canadian Yankee Jul 4 '20 at 2:56

You could say "I spotted some acne", or "I spotted a pimple". The latter fits better if it's a single inflamed follicle.
I think your analysis of the three examples is correct. You could also say "It happened because I wore the mask."

  • Thank you for the answer. If I say 'because I wore the mask' does it refer to a single mask? Am I talking about the specific mask that I wear? – Ashraf Jul 6 '20 at 7:18
  • It can, depending on context and the speakers intention. You could also say "a mask", where it may refer to masks in general. – Jack O'Flaherty Jul 6 '20 at 11:52

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