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Caring For Your Skin Beneath Your Face Mask

As life slowly gets back to normal, wearing a mask remains one of the most important steps in protecting yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19. However, that doesn’t require a total abandonment of your skincare routine.

As many long-time mask wearers can attest, wearing even a lightweight mask for extended periods of time can have some unwanted consequences for your skin. Luckily, there are some simple steps and easy-to-adopt skincare tips that can keep your lower face clear and without compromising your health.

Pick the Right Mask Type

Choosing the right face mask is the first step to protecting both your health and skin. For most people who are not essential healthcare workers, cloth masks offer sufficient coverage from air droplets that can spread the coronavirus. However, not all fabrics offer the same benefits for skin. In particular, tightly woven cotton is great for blocking out pathogens while still providing enough breathability to keep skin dry and comfortable. Be sure to get one that fits snuggly yet comfortably, with straps that secure the cloth yet do not dig into your skin.

Create a Protective Barrier

With some workplaces opening their doors, more and more people are facing long days wearing their masks. However, extended wear isn’t without its potential problems. Masks that are too tight can rub skin raw after long periods, leading to irritation and abrasions. Even a perfectly fit mask can become a trap for oil and sweat, encouraging acne breakouts down the line. To help mitigate these potential problems, use an ointment along the areas exposed to the straps – Vaseline, Aquaphor, or another lubricant with skin-healing ingredients can help reduce the friction-related discomfort.

Washing your mask frequently can also help reduce oil and dirt build-up and ultimately reduce the potential for unwanted breakouts. While it can be tempting to wear a full face of makeup, we recommend skipping the areas covered by your mask. As it can quickly become moist and humid below your mask, the extra layer of makeup can contribute to clogged pores and increase the likelihood of an acne breakout. Instead, keep your routine simple.

Adopt a Robust Skincare Routine

Even during these strange times, the key foundation to great looking skin lies with an effective skincare routine that is tailored to your skin type and daily environment. While most people can pull together an effective skincare regimen, it may be worth seeking professional help to create a new routine that addresses changes or issues caused by wearing a face mask.

Learn More at Desert Med Aesthetics

Whether you’re considering comprehensive skin rejuvenation or just tips for keeping your skin healthy during these times, the team at Desert Med Aesthetics is here to help. Connect with our experts by calling 760-777-8772 to schedule your in-person or virtual consultation today!