Masks - the new normal.
They are here to stay for the foreseeable future. Whether you decide to DIY your own mask using a bandana and elastics or buy one online, they should fit securely over the nose, mouth, and chin to be effective. By wearing it correctly, you’re likely to soon discover the uncomfortable side effect of keeping your nose and mouth covered for prolonged periods of time: rashes, chafing, and even breakouts.
Doctors and nurses on the frontlines who have posted selfies of their skin covered in hives, red marks, and even bruises aren’t the only one’s wearing masks to be impacted. Protective masks create a moist hot environment for your skin, as your breathing is being trapped. This leads to a buildup of sweat and oil on the skin under the mask, which can cause inflammation, rashes, and acne.
How do you stay safe and not wreck your skin?
BEGIN WITH A CLEAN MASK
Start each day with clean mask. Have several masks on hand, so at least one is always clean and ready to go. Launder with a gentle detergent with no fragrance or dyes. Do NOT share masks with anyone. Each family member should have their own set of masks. Always keep a spare CLEAN mask in your car and store in a clean plastic bag.
WASH YOUR FACE BEFORE AND AFTER YOU WEAR YOUR MASK
Start with fresh, clean skin. Bacteria thrives in moist warm conditions. Refresh your face when you get home with a gentle cleanser and apply moisturizer.
SKIP THE MAKEUP
Makeup provides another perfect storm for bacteria, clogging and irritation. Avoid foundation, instead focus on your eye makeup. Plus, think of the time and money you’re saving on lipstick!
AVOID AGGRESSIVE PRODUCTS
Now is not the time for exfoliating scrubs, masks, and high strength treatment serums such as retinols, benzoyl peroxide, and lightening agents. Instead opt for gentle cleansers and super-hydrating moisturizers.
Mouthwash can make wearing your mask more pleasant.
youbaby’s recommendations for correcting side effects.
ACNE-PRONE: Do not pick at any blemishes that may pop up; it will only make wearing a mask more uncomfortable. For your home care, use Papaya Enzyme Wash followed by Vitamin C+ and Hydrating Serum. Apply a dot of Retinol Complete only on the blemish before bed. Use DEJ Face Cream if extra moisture as needed. * Home care.
ROSACEA, RASHES and INFLAMMATION: For your home care use Gentle Facial Wash followed by Soothing Facial Rinse, Vitamin K Serum, Hydrating Serum and Vitamin C 30%. For extra moisture use Restorative Night Cream. TIP: Soak a couple of cotton rounds with Soothing Facial Rinse and apply a gentle compress for five minutes to relieve irritation and swelling. * Home care.
HIVES: Hives indicate a reaction to an allergen. This could be fabric, detergent, fragrance, dyes. Use an antihistamine and/or an OTC hydrocortisone to relieve the itching and burning. If the condition persists, call your dermatologist. If you cannot tolerate any other products, good old Aquaphor may provide some protection while wearing your mask. For your home care, use Gentle Facial Wash and apply a compress of Soothing Facial Rinse. * Home care.