With the spread of Covid-19, along with it came many new regulations and restrictions, such as mask wearing. Masks are enforced to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by acting as a simple barrier between you and someone next to you. That alone also brings to life other issues like bacterial build-up and mask acne.
“I found that masks break out my cheeks because of the condensation from breathing, and it has been a journey. I still struggle with it since the beginning of the pandemic,” said Ashley Jacob, an education major at Oral Roberts University.
Masks can be very hard on your skin, causing acne and peeling, rashes and itching. Here are a few ways to help you take care of your skin under the mask.
Cleanse and moisturize your face daily.
Take time every morning and night to wash your face. A gentle face wash can help prevent problems. Products customized for your skin type, such as a cream for dry skin or gel for oily skin, can make all the difference.
Protect your lips with chapstick.
Petroleum Jelly is found to be an excellent product for chapped lips. For best use, apply before and after putting your mask on.
Skip the makeup.
Masks and makeup are not the right combinations unless you are looking for clogged pores. Use products labeled “non-comedogenic” or “won’t clog pores” if the makeup is necessary for that day.
Wear the right masks.
To find the suitable masks to avoid skin problems, look for the ones that offer a comfortable fit, at least two layers of fabric, and made with soft, breathable material. Avoid synthetic fabrics, such as nylon, polyester or rayon on the layer that rests against your skin. These are more likely to irritate your skin and cause breakouts.
Wash your masks.
It is recommended to wash your masks after every use. Make sure to use hot water and fragrance-free soap.
“I try to drink lots of water to help with my pores. I have my good and bad day, but I am trying to do what I can now, and it’s all trial and error,” concluded Jacob.
Since masks have more or less been normalized here on campus, at home and around the whole world, it is best to adapt now. Add these tips to your daily lifestyle to help prevent future breakouts. There are also antibacterial masks available on Amazon Prime.