You're at home, barely exposed to minimal air pollution, but your skin problems seem to be on the rise. Well, if you're experiencing skin irritation after a coronavirus outbreak, we can confirm that protective masks are the culprit. Find out more about how to deal with skin problems that flare up when wearing a mask by scrolling down.
As much as all of us wish we could go back to the days when the word "segregation" was not used three times in one conversation, we now have to accept the fact that this is the new normal. Based on current statistics, we are still far from winning the war against Covid-19. Most importantly, experts believe that situations such as WFH and wearing protective masks, which were relatively unheard of until 2019, may be considered the norm in the post-Corona era.
Speaking of masks, there is no denying that cases of skin irritation have increased dramatically in the wake of the outbreak. Here's why.
Most surgical masks and N95 masks are made of non-woven fabric, so prolonged exposure may cause damage to your skin.
Sensitive skin may develop an allergic reaction or rash due to the polymer material.
Moisture trapped in the mask can lead to clogged pores, excessive sweating, and frequent breakouts, especially for those with acne-prone skin.
All in all, while protective masks are imperative, they, unfortunately, don't paint a rosy picture of your skin.
Simple ways to deal with protective masks-related skin issues
Applying a mask means subjecting your pores to the humidity of being trapped inside for hours. Makeup will only make it worse. If you can't skip it altogether, let your skin breathe and just play with your eyes.
Cleanse as soon as you get home
You've heard this before, but we'll say it one more time - once you take off your mask, cleanse your face thoroughly. Stick to a gentle but deep cleansing formula to remove all the gunk from your pores. If you want to go the extra mile, try exfoliating (but not more than twice a week, dear).
As it may not be feasible to put on a clean mask every time, try choosing washable masks and washing them frequently. This will save your skin from the contamination of used masks - we're talking about a build-up of bacteria, secreted oil, sebum, sweat, and dirt. Stinky!
If you notice dry patches around your mouth, let fresh aloe vera gel bring an extra hydration boost. Likewise, if you notice swelling or redness due to the tightness of the mask, apply a cold compress. Easy peasy, eh?
Before you apply your mask, coat your skin with a light protective moisturizing formula, preferably a water-based formula that won't clog pores or be too heavy on the skin. Oh, and while you're doing your pre-mask skincare routine, make sure you apply sunscreen to your face. You don't want unsightly tan lines, do you? Also, just because you're wearing a mask doesn't mean you're safe from harmful UV rays.
Don't skimp on overnight skincare.
The key word here is 'repair,' so make sure your bedtime skincare routine is all about that. Use a night cream or any moisturizer your skin likes. Take them out of the mini skincare fridge
before bed and apply them evenly to your skin. By the next day, your skin's condition won't have deteriorated somewhat from the previous day's exertions in the second line.
With these tips, you'll easily be able to battle mask-related skin problems in a powerful way!
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