Masks are part of our new normal, and your skin might be upset about this. Face masks can wreak havoc on the skin, trapping dirt and oil and leading to problematic breakouts, rashes, and skin concerns.
Face masks aren’t going away any time soon, but your skin doesn’t have to suffer. These simple tips will keep your skin at its best for as long as face masks are needed.
Try a New Style
From N95s to homemade fabric face coverings, you have lots of options when it comes to wearing a mask. If your current style is causing issues, try changing it up.
Some of our patients have experienced allergic contact dermatitis from a component used to make their mask. Changing styles can eliminate this problem if it’s the cause of your skin irritation.
Keep It Clean
When was the last time you washed your reusable mask? If you can’t remember, it has been far too long. Frequently cleaning your mask will better protect you from viruses and bacteria and will also better protect your skin from unwanted breakouts.
How do you clean a reusable mask? Follow the manufacturer’s advice for proper cleaning. We recommend having a few masks available so you can wash one or two and still have other clean, dry masks available to wear. Don’t attempt to clean disposable masks, though. These are intended for a single-use and generally won’t hold up to washing.
Don’t Skimp on Skin Care
When our lives all changed with coronavirus lockdowns and quarantines, so did many of our skincare routines. It’s time to bring your skincare back. In fact, now is better than ever to do this, as many of us are spending more time at home.
Wash and moisturize your face at least 2x daily. Use sunscreen every day. We are here if you need personalized product advice or skincare recommendations.
Seek Professional Help
If you’ve tried these tips and are still struggling with your skin under your face mask, it is time to get some professional help. Call our office at (562) 448-6100, and find out how our skincare experts can help you seek solutions for your problematic skin. We can help you improve your skin from brow to chin, including those problem areas under your face mask.