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Caring for Your Skin While Wearing a Face Mask

Although a face mask can play a vital role in preventing the spread of COVID-19, it can also be hard on your skin. A face covering can cause a range of skin issues, including itchiness, rashes, peeling, and acne. To help with these problems, our team at Key Laser has devised a list of helpful tips to follow during these unprecedented times.

Cleanse Your Face Often

Daily use of a gentle skin cleanser and moisturizer is critical to keep your skin healthy and clear of blemishes. When washing, use a pH-balanced, fragrance-free product. Also, apply a moisturizer that won’t clog pores and is suitable for your skin type.

Avoid Friction

Chapped lips and dry skin can be a significant problem for people who must wear masks for long periods. Petroleum jelly is an excellent product to use to keep the dry skin at bay. You can apply after washing your face and before putting on your mask. If you are susceptible to acne breakouts, only apply the jelly on your lips.

Skip Your Makeup

Your mask will trap warm, moist air beneath it, and makeup is more likely to clog facial pores that lead to blemishes and breakouts. We suggest you skip the makeup, giving your skin a vacation for a day or two. We understand looking your best is critical, so above the mask, feel free to apply what you need.

Don’t Experiment

Now is not the time to try new skin care products, as they may create unexpected irritation. Wearing a mask can make your skin more sensitive, and new, untried products can cause more harm than good. Also, avoid harsh at-home treatments like retinoids and exfoliants that can increase skin problems.

Wear the Right Mask

To keep skin problems at a minimum, invest in the right mask. Make sure it offers the following:

  • Comfortable, snug fit that fits under your chin, on the sides, and over the nose
  • Breathable, soft fabric like cotton
  • No synthetics like nylon, rayon, or polyester

If the fit is too snug, you can expect problems with constant wear. It can irritate your skin, and if you have to adjust constantly, it will transfer germs from your mask to your face.

Take a Break When Possible

Front-line workers understand this concept. When you have some time, go somewhere safe where you can take your mask off. Fifteen minutes every four hours is ideal. Take a walk outside or sit in your car, where you can be alone.

Wash Your Mask and Change It Frequently

Wearing a clean mask is vital to protect yourself and others against the virus and keep your skin healthy, as well. You can wash it by hand or throw it in the washer. You should also keep several masks available so you can change without fuss.

To learn more about proper skin care, contact The Key Laser Institute in Portland today.

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