Since the initial coronavirus outbreak, wearing face masks has become a part of people’s daily routine in the effort to stop the spread of the virus and reduce the chance of passing the virus from the infected to the uninfected. Meanwhile, there have been some problems arising from the constant wearing of face masks. For instance, some health professionals have unveiled that consistent wearing of face masks may cause your skin to develop “Maskne” – a term used for acne caused when your mask traps dirt and oil pores. Also, the frequent wearing of Face masks can make your skin develop some skin conditions like Miliaria and Rosacea in the area your mask is constantly worn. Friction from rubbing, acne, and eczema may also lead to rashes.
To worsen the case, if any part of your mask touches the active acne on your face, it may further aggravate the acne and create more inflamed spots, while severe eczema and psoriasis can also surface.
Consequently, The Australian Government, Department of Health does not recommend the wearing of face masks by uninfected people in the community. Though, on some exceptional occasions, it is recommended that the general public wear face masks to avoid transmission where physical distancing is difficult to observe.
So, what should you do to keep your face clean from the frequent wearing of face masks? Simple! I have compiled six most trusted tips from different certified dermatologists to help you prevent skin problems from developing under your mask.
- Cleanse and apply moisturizer before and after wearing your masks daily: Simple skincare like this can help prevent skin problems. Cleanse and moisturize your face daily – a mild, fragrance cleanser is best when washing your face. It is also recommended that you use a moisturizer with Ceramides, Hyaluronic acid, and Dimethicone (which creates a barrier that helps reduce skin irritation). Besides, it is important to note that using a moisturizer specially formulated for your skin type will help prevent breakouts.
Protect your lips by applying petroleum jelly: Generally, most common skin problems developed from wearing face masks is dry skin and chapped lips, and you can prevent them by applying petroleum jelly to your lips: Be careful enough to ensure that the petroleum jelly is applied to your lips alone to avoid breakouts.
Avoid makeup when wearing a mask: Mostimportantly, women need to understand that makeup is more likely to clog their pores and result in breakouts. On the other hand, in the situation that makeup is necessary, use only non-comedogenic or oil-free products.
Avoid harsh skincare products that can cause skin irritation: Your skin becomes more sensitive when you wear your face mask for a short time. To reduce skin problems, avoid using harsh skin care products, such as a chemical peel, retinoid, or exfoliant.
Wear the right mask: The right mask offers the following:
- A snug, but comfortable fit (which help to protect you and others from COVID 19).
- Soft, natural, and breathable fabric, such as cotton.
- The fabric on the inside that feels soft if you have sensitive skin.
- Cotton material inside if you have acne or oily skin.
- Take a 15-minute mask break every 4 hours: Some professional healthcare personnel at the forefront of the COVID 19 pandemic recently discovered that simply removing your face masks when it’s safe to do so and after washing your hands helps prevent skin problems. Note that this is best when you are at least six feet away from people.