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How to Protect The Skin Under The COVID-19 Face Mask? | Advice From Experts

How to Protect The Skin Under The COVID-19 Face Mask? | Advice From Experts

Masks are vital to protect yourself from getting infected, but they could be harsh on your skin. Acne, rashes, peeling of skin and itchiness are some skin issues people have been facing post wearing the masks. Here are a few skincare tips from our skin experts.

Thanks to coronavirus that has obliged us to wear a face mask every time we step out. The face mask may help you to fight the deadly COVID-19 infection, but it adversely affects your facial skin underneath. These masks may cause some unwanted skin issues such as pimples, acne, itchiness, redness etc. Protecting your skin is equally important as untreated problems can lead to some vulnerable impacts leaving your facial skin damaged.

How does a face mask affect your facial skin?

  • Heat Rash

Heat Rashes may occur due to sweat under the mask. Wearing a mask causes an increase in carbon dioxide which significantly raises the humidity level and temperature of the area covered.  Also, the micro-organisms such as bacteria from your mouth further add up to the damage.

  • Acne/Pimples

When we wear a face mask, it reduces the airflow around it. The friction between the face and mask may cause skin irritation and rashes. The lack of moisture from air and friction leads to clogging of pores and the formation of acne. Also, the stress of infection deeply impacts your hormonal balance and the skin is the prime organ targeted by the stress.

  • Skin Inflammation

Wearing face mask not only triggers acne but exposes the blood vessels as well making it prone to skin inflammation. This adversely affects the outermost layer i.e. epidermis of the skin and causes inflammation in it. Damage to the skin guard can lead to many severe skin issues.

How to protect the skin from face mask damage?

In today’s scenario, wearing a face mask is inevitable, necessary and unavoidable. Hence, here are a few tips from derma experts for your skin’s rescue under the COVID-19 face mask.

·         Cleansing and Moisturising

Sweating under the mask makes the skin drain out the moisture. So, it’s very important to clean the face with a mild face wash regularly. It not only keeps your skin hydrated but also keeps bacteria at bay.

According to Carrie L. Kovarik, MD, FAAD, applying a layer of moisturizer adds a protective layer to the skin and reduces the friction that causes redness and itchiness. She further adds that selecting a proper moisturizer as per your skin type will help the acne breakout. Use a gel or water-based moisturizer for oily skin, lotion for normal to combination skin and for dry to very dry skin, prefer using a cream-based moisturizer.

·         Avoid trying new skincare products

Prolonged wearing of mask turns the skin more sensitive and trying new products such as peels, exfoliants, etc. may damage the skin. Dr. Daniela Kroshinsky, MD, MPH recommends avoiding new skincare products if they are not suitable for your skin type. She further adds to go for customized masks or a mask that offers sung fit across chin, face and nose.

You can go for the best skincare facials or HydraFacial treatment for excellent results and keep your skin glowing and healthy.

·         Raw, irritated skin

The best way to treat the inflamed and irritated skin under the mask is by applying petroleum jelly on the affected areas before going to bed. This not only protects the skin but boosts its healing power as well.

·         Makeup

Avoid wearing makeup beneath the mask until your skin heals properly. It will result in clogging of pores and further exaggerate acne breakouts. If you need to apply makeup, use non-comedogenic products i.e. that doesn’t clog pores. Contact the best makeup artist in Toronto for skin safe party makeup.

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·         Sores behind ears

We don’t have a choice to avoid a mask as it is a must to avoid the risk of infection. So, it’s very important to wear soft, breathable and comfortable mask that offers a snug fit. Choosing a soothing fabric for your mask will help you avoid the irritation and itchiness of the skin.

Look out for more mask alternatives with different types of ear loops or ties. Wear a different type of mask each day to avoid ear sores. Apply petroleum jelly before going to bed every night behind the ears.

Take breaks in-between and make sure to sanitize your hands before and after putting on your face mask.

Get customized facial done as per your skin types every month to avoid the damage caused by face mask and keep your skin healthy and radiant as always. The skincare professionals at The Makeover Place help you deal with all your skincare related problems and give personal attention to every client.

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