Masks play a vital role in reducing the spread of the coronavirus. Masks can also be hard on your skin, causing problems that range from acne and peeling skin to rashes and itchiness. This can be annoying and uncomfortable, especially for people who are required to wear masks for extended periods of time.
We’ve got some tips and tricks to help you fight back! Keep reading below to learn how to help decrease mask acne.
Keeping your skin nice and hydrated will produce a barrier between your face and your mask, preventing friction. Applying a moisturizer before you put on your mask will do the trick! Applying a moisturizer to damp skin will help the absorption of your moisturizer. Look for moisturizers that best suit your skin type. Look for moisturizers that contain the following ingredients: ceramides, hyaluronic acid and dimethicone.
Wearing makeup underneath your mask can lead to issues with clogged pores. To prevent this problem, don’t wear makeup in the areas your mask covers. No one can see your skin under there anyway! If makeup is necessary, use only products labeled “non-comedogenic” or “won’t clog pores.”
Wash Your Face
Wearing a mask traps dirt and oil “in a moist/humid environment” exacerbating acne and skin irritation. Proper skin care including washing with a gentle cleanser can help decrease the negative effects of mask-wearing. It is recommended to wash your face twice a day. Look for cleansers that are nonabrasive and do not contain alcohol. Use warm water and avoid scrubbing, using your hands is enough.
Wash Your Mask
If your mask is washable, make sure it stays clean! Not only does this ensure you remain protected from the virus but it also keeps your skin from building up even more dirt and oil.
Use Less of Certain Skincare Products
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, some skincare products that you’ve used in the past may irritate your skin. Temporarily decreasing their use may be a good idea if you are having troubles with your skin. These products may include: leave on acne treatments (ex: salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide), retinol creams, and aftershave or perfumed lotions.
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