Preventing Face Mask Skin Problems
As of July 1, face coverings are required in indoor public places in all Oregon counties. Masks play a vital role in reducing the spread of the coronavirus but they can be hard on your skin, causing problems that range from acne and peeling skin to rashes and itchiness. To help prevent skin problems from developing under your mask, board-certified dermatologists recommend these tips:
Cleanse your face daily -
use a mild, fragrance-free cleanser.
Moisturize your face daily -
pplying moisturizer immediately after washing your face adds a protective layer that can reduce dryness. Use a moisturizer containing ceramides,
Hyaluronic Acid or Dimethicone (which can also create a barrier that helps reduce irritated skin).
Protect your lips
prevent chapped lips by applying petroleum jelly to your lips after washing your face, before you put on your mask, and before bed.
Skip the makeup
- makeup is more likely to clog the pores beneath a mask and lead to breakouts. If makeup is necessary, use only products labeled “non-comedogenic” or “oil free.”
Wear the right mask
a mask that offers a snug fit across your nose, on the sides, and under your chin.
To reduce skin problems, also look for masks that offer s
oft, natural, and breathable fabric, such as cotton.
Avoid synthetic fabrics, such as nylon, polyester, and rayon. These are more likely to irritate your skin and cause breakouts.
Take a break
- remove your mask for 15 minutes every 4 hours if it is safe to do so. Be sure to wash your hands first. Safe places to remove a mask, include the o
utdoors, when are at least six feet away from people, inside your car when you’re alone, or at home.
Wash your cloth masks
- washing your mask removes oils and skin cells that collect inside, which could lead to a skin problem. Follow the instructions on your mask for proper washing and use a
fragrance-free, hypoallergenic laundry detergent.
If a skin problem develops under your mask, give us a call so we can help.