Skincare with a Mask
Is quarantine messing with your skin? According to dermatologists, people have become increasingly fixated on skincare during quarantine. This is largely due to the fact that in the United States, many residents are being legally required to wear masks or face-covering in public settings like grocery stores and pharmacies. If you are an essential worker you are likely wearing a face covering all day.
We tend to talk more about the other kind of face mask on this blog. But during this pandemic, protective masks are being worn more often. The truth is, most of us aren’t used to wearing a mask for an extended period of time. If you have really sensitive skin or oily skin then you might have experienced some complications from wearing a face covering all day. In fact, dermatologists have reported that they’re seeing more patients experience more acne breakouts, skin irritations, and eczema flare-ups. Healthcare workers who have to wear face masks hours on end have reported experiencing extreme chafing and abrasions.
If you’ve been feeling some discomfort while wearing face masks or coverings here are some tips that can be helpful.
Avoid Wearing Masks Made from Synthetic Fibers
It seems like whether you cover up too little or to much, you’re going to face some sort of problem. However, several brands have capitalized off the need to wear face masks and have designed trendy and fashionable masks that many people are wearing. Experts suggest you avoid wearing any type of face covering that is made from synthetic fibers like polyester, spandex, or even fibers like wool. Not only are these types of materials treated with chemicals that could cause skin irritation but they often aren’t breathable. Stick to masks that are made from cotton, bamboo, or silk which are all-natural fibers that are gentle against the skin.
Use an Oil-free Primer to Reduce Skin Friction
If you are experiencing a lot of friction while wearing a face mask you should try wearing an oil-free primer which can help reduce friction especially since changes in the air outside can trigger perioral dermatitis in individuals who suffer from it. Oil is definitely one of the ingredients you’ll want to avoid in this case.
[oil-free makeup primers] generally contain absorbent particulates that soak up oils from skin and have a more powdery feel.Birnur Aral, Ph.D, as quoted in The Best Makeup Primers for Oily Skin and Large Pores, Good Housekeeping
In other words, you’ll want a primer that doesn’t do more to put oil on your face, but helps soak it up somewhat.
Practice Good Hygiene During Quarantine
No more than ever it is important to practice good hygiene if you are frequently wearing a face covering or a mask. You should be washing your face before putting on a mask or and immediately after taking it off for the day. Make sure you use a gentle cleanser that won’t irritate your skin. Also when applying a face covering you’ll want to make sure you do so with clean hands.
Until there is a real cure for COVID 19, people are still at risk. Masks are a staple accessory, which is why it is important to know how to carry out proper skincare during quarantine while we are wearing them.