With the recent pandemic, government and healthcare organizations recommend wearing face masks to stop the spread of the disease. While masks offer effective barrier protection, they can also be hard on your skin, causing dermatological issues ranging from rashes to acne.
Here are some skincare tips to keep your face fresh and healthy to reduce the risk of mask-related skin problems.
Select the Right Mask
N95 masks offer the best protection against airborne pathogens, but the tight fit can make it difficult for your skin to breathe.
Look for masks that offer a snug but comfortable fit, with nose wires and adjustable ear loops. Ensure the mask doesn’t lie flat against your skin, and if you opt for a washable, reusable mask, opt for natural breathable fabrics like cotton blends. These materials ensure proper airflow across the skin to prevent blocked pores and rashes.
Wash Your Face Properly
Washing your face morning and evening can minimize dirt and bacteria build-up that can clog skin and lead to breakouts. Dampen your skin and use a gentle cleanser such as FaceDoctor Rejuvenating Soap, working it into a lather with your fingertips, then rinsing clean.
FaceDoctor soap is specially formulated to be kind to skin with ingredients including coconut oil, aloe vera, and sea buckthorn oil. Sea buckthorn is a potent source of omega fatty acids that work to moisturize and protect your skin.
Wearing a mask can dry out your skin, causing itching and flaking. Excessively dry skin can also stimulate sebum production increasing your risk of developing acne.
Moisturizing after cleaning your face and after removing your mask, can help keep your skin hydrated. One of the best moisturizers to use is hyaluronic acid. The compound is a powerful humectant, so not only does it provide a barrier to lock moisture into your skin, it also absorbs water from the atmosphere to keep your complexion youthful and dewy.
Protect Your Skin and Your Health
In addition to using quality skincare products from FaceDoctor, ensure you take regular breaks from wearing your mask and wash your reusable masks frequently with fragrance-free detergent to protect your skin.