Caring for Your Skin Beneath Your Face Mask

There’s no denying that the world has seen an incredible change during 2020, with many of our lives being turned upside down. We need to adapt in several ways to live in these unprecedented times, but history shows that humanity is a resilient bunch. 

Part of living in the current social and economic climate means protecting ourselves and others. A very simple but effective way of doing this is by wearing a facemask in public spaces. While this can be frustrating, learning how to care for our best interests means we can maximize our quality of life in these challenging times. 

While wearing a facemask creates a barrier between external germs and contaminants and our airways, it also creates an issue when skin rubs against the mask. 

This can result in excessively oily skin, and as a result, have implications on your dermatological health, causing irritation, pimples and acne if the proper precautions are not taken. 

Caring for your skin beneath your face mask is not a difficult task, but it is nonetheless a new adaptation we must make to living as comfortably as possible in our current world. Follow these tips from Etre Cosmetic Dermatology to ensure your skin stays as healthy as possible underneath your facemask. 

Rotate Masks Daily

Just as you change your socks and jocks every day, so should you change your facemask. The facemask slowly builds up dust from the outside world, but also accumulates oil, secretions and droplets from your own body during the day. 

It is vital to wear a new mask every day so that this oily buildup doesn’t become substantial enough to change the pH of your skin or clog your pores. 

Gently Wash Your Face – Often

Washing your face too frequently leads to dehydration and dry skin, but not washing enough can lead to acne and oily skin, neither of which we want. 

The best solution is to find a natural, pH neutral, hydrating facial cleanser and gently wash your face with it when you remove your mask at home or work. Being gentle reduces any friction on your already delicate skin, and ensures there is no oily buildup which can block pores and trap dust. 

Choose What Makeup to Use

Foundation and concealer attract and trap dust particles, which, combined with your mask, means the lower half of your face can become a trap for dirt and grease. Consider applying make up to the upper half of your face, particularly your eyes, but leaving makeup off the lower half of your face. 

Consistency is Key

Making under-mask skin care habitual is your best shot at keeping your skin healthy and beautiful. While it is yet another thing we need to adapt to, your skin will thank you for it. 

We know how challenging these times can be, and if your skin is not responding well to your face mask, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Etre Cosmetic Dermatology at (504)-227-3873. There are several skin resurfacing procedures which can be beneficial to sensitive skin, and we may be able to guide you towards an appropriate procedure. 

Alternatively, you can fill out our online form and arrange your consultation that way. We look forward to hearing from you.

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