Let's face it, masks are now part of our lives and we will have to wear them for some time.
Adam Friedman, a professor of dermatology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, claims to have seen an increase in problems caused by skin irritation. From inflammation with red rashes to small clusters of rashes around the nose and mouth due to the use of face masks.
“When trapped breath, sweat and oil mix, it ends up creating a warm and humid environment under the mask. This often leads to an increased risk of irritation. "
Using the mask is necessary, but it can be aggressive for our skin, causing problems ranging from acne and peeling of the skin, to rashes and itching.
However, if we follow some simple steps, we can have healthy skin, even under these conditions.
- Clean and hydrate your face daily
Gentle skin care, such as using gentle products tailored to our skin type, can prevent many of these problems. For example, you can use micellar waters or cleansing milk to remove makeup and cleanse the skin, as a first step in your routine.
- Create a barrier on the skin with the moisturizer
Using moisturizer on your face throughout the day is the best way to decrease friction between the skin and the mask. Use creams that hydrate the skin well and provide a replenishment of the skin barrier. Non-comedogenic products are also great, because they contain ingredients that won't clog pores or cause breakouts.
It is true that excess makeup can clog pores. Keep your makeup simple, without excess products and your skin will thank you.
It is also preferable to use products labeled "non-comedogenic" or "oil-free."
- Wash your cloth masks
Many healthcare organizations now recommend washing cloth masks after each use. Washing also removes oils and skin cells that accumulate inside the mask and can cause skin problems.
You can wash your cloth mask in the washing machine or by hand. In both ways, germs and other particles will be eliminated. Just make sure to:
- Wash the masks in hot water, unless the instructions indicate otherwise.
- Use hypoallergenic and fragrance-free laundry detergent.
- Facial care for men
For men, dermatologists recommend using a mild after shave or a specially designed face cream before using the mask. These products soothe irritations and create a protective barrier on the skin. For example (insert Men Perfection after shave and day cream).
- Consult a dermatologist
If you are taking a specific medication or the rash is severe, consult a dermatologist for further investigation.
I know it's not easy to change your skincare routine, especially in these stressful times, but by following these simple steps, you can avoid many skin problems caused by using masks.
And of course, don't forget that we have different types of skin. Be patient to find the products that best suit yours.
And you? Masks produce irritation or oiliness on your skin? What solution have you found?