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Skin Care Under The Mask

Dr. Rashmi Shetty

Celebrity Dermatologist, International Faculty, Expert in Aesthetics

3 min read

Many activities in our daily lives have been affected by the ongoing coronavirus crisis. As we now take steps to ease out of the lockdown, we should be mindful of wearing a mask for our safety. This mask can play a huge part in avoidable unhygienic skin practices. Knowing UR skin type and what works for UR skin is a primary part of skincare.

The most significant change in our new norm is wearing a face mask at all times while being outdoors. Although the mask protects you from COVID carriers or contaminated areas, a lot could be brewing under UR shield. While wearing a cloth-covered face may come nowhere close to the level of discomfort experienced by the frontline workers, for some, having to wear a mask can result in flare-ups and aggravate pre-existing skin conditions. Wearing a mask is not a choice, it’s a necessity. Remember this mask can cause damage to UR skin if you don’t take proper care.

What Happens To Your Skin When You Wear A Mask?

The T-zone, also known as the oily region now is being covered with a mask. It’s obviously a bit sweaty, moist and the oil starts to secrete a bit more in this area when you apply a series of products. Applying toner, lotion, serum and your sunscreen might be your usual go-to skincare routine, but now with a mask as an accessory, we may need to think twice.

Face masks create a moisture that can affect the production of sebum in your skin, leading to clogged pores, white heads and breakouts. The worst part is that if any part of the mask touches any of the acne on your face, it can aggravate acne even further. Severe inflammation and psoriasis may also worsen due to rough mask edges and may cause substantial damage such as irritation, sores, or even cuts.

You don’t need to avoid makeup altogether, but it’s best to use water-based, breathable makeup to prevent the clogging of pores under the mask. It may get warm under the mask, so keep the makeup as light as possible.

Tips To Prevent COVID Mask Skin Concerns
  • Always carry wet or dry tissues to clean UR skin and avoid breakouts
  • Carry 2 or 3 masks along with you so you can change your mask every two-three hours depending on UR daily activity.
  • Wash and clean your face mask after every use if they are reusable, as recommended. This will also get rid of unwanted oil, dirt and moisture from your face due to the mask.
  • Dispose one-time-use masks after every use properly to avoid any unnecessary skin concerns. Disposable masks should not be worn for over 8 hours.
  • Wash your face twice a day with a mild cleanser, use a light oil-free moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.
  • If you stay at home, use the mask-free time wisely and try not to apply too much makeup as it can block UR pores.
  • Avoid layering your face with lotion, serum and sunscreen when you are wearing a mask for 2-3 hours or more.

Keep your skin in the pink of health by being a little mindful and switching UR skincare routine while wearing a mask!

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