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Withnot slow down sometime soon, it probably is will remain part of our daily routines for the foreseeable future. And if you wear face masks at work, while doing errands, walking around your neighborhood or even that time or having pressed something against the skin can add up quickly. Although wearing face masks is essential for public health and for protecting yourself, some people struggle with new, annoying from all the time I spent wearing masks – also known as “mask.”
Face masks can cause skin irritation and breakouts for several reasons, which can vary depending on the person, how hard they wear the mask and what it is made of. “[Maskne can be] caused by friction and clogging of the skin from the mask. “Historically, it has been described in athletes wearing chin straps on helmets and violinists resting the instrument on their chin,” Caren Campbell, a board-certified dermatologist, told CNET.
In addition to friction, some people are sensitive to certain fabrics, and when you pair it with trapped sweat, makeup and / or dirt, it is a recipe for a breakout. The irritations caused by wearing face masks and coatings are probably due to contact dermatitis, which is an allergic reaction to fabrics (usually synthetic), soaps, etc., bacteria from not cleaning the mask properly or reusing a mask and reusing disposable masks, says Joshua Ross, an esthetician at SkinLab.
Keep reading for Ross and Dr.Campbell’s best tips for preventing and treating masks – and yes, you can (and should) continue to wear your face mask.
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Keep the mask clean and replace it every day
Dr. Campbell recommends that you maintain your mask hygiene by cleaning it or replacing it with a new mask every day. Using an allergy-friendly detergent or soap can also help if your skin is very irritated. “Make sure you use one that is 100% cotton and that you clean your mask daily with an allergy-friendly detergent or use soap and warm water from the dishes. Make sure you rinse very thoroughly,” says Ross.
Take breaks from wearing makeup or anything else that can clog your pores
If you wear makeup under your mask and break out, now is the time to give your skin a break – at least while you are actively treating your acne and breakouts. Dr. Campbell suggests that you avoid makeup and other products that can clog your pores.
When you then remove any pore-clogged products from your routine, make sure you clean your skin regularly. “Wash your face in the morning or evening with something that helps cleanse the pores. My favorite is a 5% or less benzoyl peroxide wash, as it helps cleanse the pores and kill acne that causes bacteria on the skin,” says Dr. Campbell.
Use targeted products
In addition to regularly cleansing your skin, especially immediately after wearing a mask, you can try adding a targeted exfoliating cleanser. Ross recommends that you use one about twice a week if you experience breakouts.
“Exfoliation of the skin helps with cell metabolism, so add products with a chemical exfoliant like those with salicylic acid or glycolic acid to prevent acne,” says Ross.
When it comes to treatment serums, also look for products with salicylic acid or glycolic acid. “iS Clinical Active Serum has salicylic acid in it is a favorite of mine for treating acne. It also improves consistency and redness,” says Ross.
Dr. Campbell says you can try a retinoid treatment as well, even if you keep in mind that these can be irritating and dry on the skin. A topical retinoid can help clear the pores, kill the acne that causes bacteria and act as an anti-inflammatory. I would advise usingor . Apply a pea amount on the entire face one to two nights a week with a moisturizer on top. Retinoids initially dry out, so adding a day to a few weeks and going slow is recommended, the skin gets used to topical medication over time, “says Dr. Campbell.
Find a fabric that is gentle on your skin
The last thing you need to do against angry skin that breaks out and is sensitive is to add even more irritation with a scratched or uncomfortable face mask.
Different types of fabrics have different structures, and some will irritate your skin more than others. For example, many printed cotton fabrics used to make masks can feel rough against the skin, so switching to something smoother – like neoprene – can help avoid irritation. Cotton also captures moisture more than, so if you are in a hot climate, look for a mask made of .
It can take a bit of trial and error because everyone’s skin is a little different – but look for something that is soft and breathable when you read the label or description before you buy.
The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a doctor or other qualified healthcare provider if you have questions about a medical condition or health goal.