Although face masks are trying to protect us during this global pandemic, unfortunately, they can also cause breathing or skin problems for some people. So, although they play a very important role in protecting us from COVID, skin problems like acne, rashes and itchiness are common for some people that are wearing them a lot.
Luckily, there are some ways you can try to prevent mask-induced skin problems, such as acne:
Cleansing & Moisturizing
This is always important for healthy skin, but when having to wear a face mask this becomes extra important. By taking good care of your skin, you can prevent skin problems and during this time your skin definitely needs some extra care. For the cleansing part, aim to use a natural product without any fragrances to avoid skin irritation. And, make sure to use a good amount of moisturizer to give your skin a protective layer and prevent it from getting dry under the mask. Apply moisturizer before you wear a mask and after you take it off.
This might a tough one for some of us! In order to really reduce the skincare problems that can come from your mask, it is important to drastically reduce the makeup products you are using, especially the ones that are below the mask. Under your mask, makeup is much more likely to give you breakouts because your pores will get clogged. Therefore, try to really limit the makeup you put on your skin below the mask.
Choose the right mask
Very important as well for your skin is to make sure you wear the right mask and to change or wash your mask regularly. Your mask should have the right fit, have various layers of fabric and the part that is touching your skin should be made from a soft and breathable fabric. You will want to avoid nylon and polyester, for example, at all cost. If you are wearing a cloth mask, make sure to wash it regularly (after each use) to remove oils, skin cells and germs that gather inside the mask.
Make sure to take a break every few hours
Finally, make sure to give your skin a break and to let it breathe every few hours. Find yourself a safe space and take a 10-15minute break from your mask. Of course, this is not always possible so if you can´t be outdoors with distance to other people or in your car alone, for example, don´t take your mask off.