Jeunesse MedSpa® | September 16, 2021 | no responses | Covid 19

Masks play a vital role in reducing the spread of the coronavirus and are a way of life now. Whether you are a healthcare hero on the front lines or simply a citizen following the recommendation of wearing masks while out, you may be experiencing skin irritation such as acne, dryness and even bruising. Masks no doubt  takes a toll on our skin that range from acne and peeling skin to rashes and itchiness. 

Maskne is a term coined during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, for acne that develops from  the prolonged use of masks. Derived from the words ‘mask ‘ and ‘acne’, the medical term for Maskne is Acne Mechanica, a skin condition brought about by heat, pressure, friction or rubbing of the skin. It’s mechanically blocking your skin. 

Here are our five tips on how to reduce the risk of skin irritation 

  • Skip makeup when wearing a mask – our top tip does not to wear makeup under your masks.  Makeup is more likely to clog your pores and lead to breakouts when covered. If makeup is necessary, apply only to your upper face and use mineral make-up that won’t clog your pores and is oil-free. Our favs : Jane Iredale & OsmosisMD Color
  • Cleanse and moisturise your face twice daily. Make sure you wash your face immediately before and after removing your mask. Dry skin is a common face mask skin problem. Applying moisturiser adds a protective layer that can reduce dryness, apply your moisturiser immediately after washing your face. You can prevent breakouts from your moisturiser by using a quality product formulated for your skin type. Our favs ZO gentle cleanser, complexion renewal pads, Daily power defence  or OSMOSIS cleanser, calm and boost 
  • Protect your lips by applying lips masks, balms and hydrators. Dry skin and chapped lips are common face mask skin problems. You can prevent chapped lips by using a quality product before you wear a mask. Our favs Heine’s lip balm 
  • Take a 15-minute mask break every 4 hours. Frontline workers have found that this helps save their skin. Of course, only remove your mask when it’s safe to do so and after washing your hands.
  • Mask Hygiene is critical in reducing skin problems. Wash your cloth masks after each use. Washing it also removes oils and skin cells that collect inside the mask, leading to a skin problem.

If your skin does develop issues and you aren’t sure what to do, make an appointment and come and see us.  Our Dermal Therapist will examine your skin and guide you on how to prevent, manage or heal any skin problems that are due to  mask-wearing. Dr K can review you  and prescribe medication if needed. 

Remember, your best protection in this pandemic is to continue to wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene, keep your distance and get vaccinated!

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