To stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, we’re all doing our part by wearing face masks. Masks effectively block viral particles, but they can also clog your pores. If breakouts, rashes, and dry skin are part of your mask experience, we have some tips for face mask skincare. Wear a mask, but not at the expense of your complexion.
Skin Problems and Face Masks
Your mask can terrible for your skin. It traps dirt, oil, and moisture on the skin, leading to uncomfortable rashes and irritated skin. Wearing a mask for an extended period can rub areas of the skin and leave these hotspots feeling raw and irritated. Face masks can create new skin concerns and exacerbate the skin problems you already have.
- Acne – Breakouts are frequent with face mask use. They are so common we have a name for these mask-induced pimples, “maskne”. Common areas for breakouts include along the chin-line and on the cheeks.
- Irritation – To be effective, masks should fit tightly. However, this snugness can create areas where your mask will rub on the skin, especially along the nose and ear areas. Excessive rubbing can break down the skin.
- Dry Skin – Your skin creates natural oils to moisturize and lubricate itself. Some masks absorb the skin’s oils, drying the skin significantly. If you had dry skin before masks, it might be much worse now.
- Rosacea – Heat can increase rosacea symptoms. Wearing a mask during warm summer weather can heat the skin and may lead to a rosacea flare.
- Allergic Reactions – Masks are made from many different materials. If you’re allergic to the substances in your mask, it can lead to a condition called allergic contact dermatitis. Formaldehyde, glue, rubber, and metal are common allergens used in face masks.
Are you experiencing any of these skin problems from face mask use?
Ideas to Help Your Skin Thrive Under a Face Mask
If you are experiencing any of the issues listed above, there is hope for relief! Here are our top tips to stay comfortable beneath your mask.
- Switch it Up – There are many types and styles of masks. Keep trying different options until you find a solution that works for you. Trying a new mask is especially important if you’re having allergic reactions to your old mask. In general, cotton masks are less allergenic than polyester ones. Fabric masks are usually less irritating than N95s or surgical masks.
- Wash Your Mask Often – If you’re using a reusable mask, keep it clean. A dirty mask is full of old skin, oil, dirt, and bacteria. Frequent washing of your mask is good for your skin.
- Keep Up on Skin Care – Has your skincare routine slacked since you started working from home? Get back into the habit with daily washing and moisturizing using high-quality skincare products.
- Get Help from a Professional – If you’ve tried these tips and are still struggling with problem skin, come see us. Our skincare experts can help you find the right solutions for your skin.
We’re in this together. Reveal Beauty is open and available to help you with your skin and aesthetic needs. Contact us online or call (205) 408-9787 to schedule your consultation with one of our expert surgeons, Dr. Michael Clinton and Dr. Ben Pearce.