As we navigate this new norm of mask wearing, reoccurring questions about breakouts, irritation and dry skin are becoming more and more common during consultations.
Let's break it down. Simply put, wearing a masks traps your oil, sweat, makeup and breath, the moisture creates a damp and sweaty environment that breeds bacteria and irritation. Wearing a mask for hours can lead to bruising and even rashes.
Some tips to keep your skin healthy and happy:
1) Wash your face immediately after taking off your mask. If you're not home to do a full wash, keep an unscented baby wipe in your purse. Give yourself a wipe immediately after you remove your mask, but make sure to followup with proper cleansing when you get home.
2) Avoid wearing makeup. The mask likely rubs the makeup off anyway, which can cause oil build up and blocked pores. Shelf the makeup for now.
3) Use a barrier cream where your mask sits if your skin is dry or chafing (Lexxel is amazing for this). Hydrocortisone 1% can help with itching and rashes.
4) Curb using strong products and avoid using aggressive exfoliants. Treat breakouts with a spot treatment like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
5) Treat your skin with TLC. Nourish it when your home. If you haven't started a solid skincare routine, consider starting one. Or, maybe your routine needs a little bit of temporary tweaking.
*Bonus* add an Omega supplement to your regimen to fight inflammation and keep your skin hydrated.
If irritation persists or symptoms worsen, it may be time to have a quick chat with your doctor to rule out any bacterial or fungal infections.
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