Masks play a vital role in reducing the spread of coronavirus. Masks can be harsh on your skin, causing problems that range from acne and peeling skin to rashes and itchiness. To help prevent skin problems the following is recommended.
- Cleanse and moisturise your face daily to prevent skin problems. Use a mild fragrance-free cleanser when washing your face. Dry skin is a common face-mask problem so apply plenty of moisturiser add a protective layer to reduce the dryness. INSERT PRODUCT LINK HERE
- Protect your lips by applying petroleum jelly or any suitable lip balm. Lack of air and moisture can lead to dry skin and chapped lips.
- Skip the makeup when wearing a mask if you can. Beneath the mask, makeup is more likely to clog your pores and lead to breakouts. Try to use products labeled “non-comedogenic” or “oil-free”.INSERT PRODUCT LINK HERE
- Avoid trying new skincare products as wearing a mask can make the skin more sensitive. To reduce skin problems avoid trying harsh products, such as chemical peel, exfoliant, or retinoid, for the first time.
- Wear the right mask. Wearing a mask that offers a snug, but comfortable fit helps to protect you and others from the coronavirus. You want a snug fit across your nose, on the sides, and under your chin. This helps reduce skin problems by not irritating the skin. You are more likely to adjust a poorly fitting mask which means touching your face and transferring germs to your mask and face.
- Take a 15-minute mask break every 4 hours when its safe to do so and after washing your hands. Safe places to remove the mask may include outdoors when 2 metres away from people, at home, or in your car.
- Wash your cloth masks. It is recommended to wash masks after each use. Washing masks also remove oils and skin cells that collect inside the mask leading to potential skin issues.