The Face Mask and your Skin
by Dr. Esther Zambrano
Let’s talk about the effect that wearing a mask has on our skin! We know that it is our responsibility as citizens of the world to wear a mask and do our part in controlling the pandemic, but there are also special considerations we need to know as far as skin care goes.
These are a few things that we can do to minimize damage to our skin, but we still must remember that wearing a mask is priority over whatever secondary effects we may have.
· Wash your mask every day. Besides preventing infection by COVID 19, it also prevents makeup, oils and skin cells that can collect inside the mask.
· Wear the right mask. Try to find a fabric that does not irritate your skin which can cause breakouts.
· Alternate the fabric your mask is made of and do not forget to find the right fit.
· Wash and moisturize your face daily. Dry skin is a common face mask skin problem. Remember to look for the right moisturizer for your skin type.
· Those with mature or dry skin can use a cream version but younger or oilier skin should look for a gel moisturizer.
· Moisturize your lips - Petroleum jelly is a good choice.
· Skip the makeup if you have acne prone skin. Wearing a mask can make oily skin more prone to breakouts since it clogs your pores.
· You can also take a break from beauty products that contain retinoids or glycolic acids; these will make our skin more sensitive and more prone to irritation under a mask.
This will pass but, in the meantime, it is important to stay healthy while taking care of our skin.