As we wear face masks for extended hours in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, there are more and more people suffering from skin problems, ranging from acne(maskne) breakouts to redness to blackheads.
As the temperature inside the mask goes up and becomes moist, the amount of sebum excretion increases, enlarging the pores. Built up waste that clogs the pores can lead to inflammatory acne.
If you are using a disposable mask made with non-woven fabrics, the non-woven fabrics may be causing contact dermatitis. This is because non-woven fabrics are made with synthetic fiber. If you are suffering from contact dermatitis, it is a good idea to add in a scrap of cotton fabric so that your skin does not come in direct contact with the non-woven fabric.
Maintaining Healthy Skin Under the Mask
STEP 1. Proper Cleansing!
When washing your face, it can be tempting to scrub or lather aggressively. However, washing too vigorously can actually compromise the skin barrier and worsen skin problems.
Apply low-ph cleansers to your face. In lukewarm water, use your fingertips to gently massage the cleanser onto your skin across the T-zone, the forehead, the nose and the chin for about a minute. Make sure you are massaging in an upward circular motion, from the bottom of your face to the cheek area.
STEP 2. Minimizing Cosmetic Products
Using too many products blocks up the pores and irritates the skin.
Minimize the number of moisturizers, be it either a lotion or a cream.
When using a shadow or a blusher, oil-free products are the best.
Cream-type shadows and blushers should also be avoided. Using an oil control pact to control excessive sebum is also a good idea.
Remember that you should continue wearing sun block under your face mask as the mask does not protect you from the sun’s UV rays!