5 ways to prevent face mask skin problems

Health Desk
7 September 2020, Mon
Published: 07:07

5 ways to prevent face mask skin problems

Masks can also be hard on your skin, causing problems that range from acne and peeling skin to rashes and itchiness. 

1. Properly wash your face
To help prevent pimples, it’s important to remove excess oil, dirt, and sweat daily. Washing your face more than twice a day may make acne worse, however.

Don’t wash your face with harsh cleansers that dry skin. Use an alcohol-free cleanser.

To wash your face:

= Wet your face with warm, not hot, water.
= Apply a mild cleanser in a gentle, circular motion using your fingers, not a washcloth.
= Rinse thoroughly, and pat dry.

2. Protect your lips by applying petroleum jelly. Dry skin and chapped lips are common face-mask skin problems. You can prevent chapped lips by applying petroleum jelly to your lips:

= After washing your face
= Before you put on your mask
= Before bed
To prevent breakouts, take care to apply the petroleum jelly only to your lips.

3. Skip the makeup when wearing a mask. Beneath a mask, makeup is more likely to clog your pores and lead to breakouts. If makeup is necessary, use only products labeled “non-comedogenic” or “oil free.”

4. Use less of certain skincare products if your face becomes irritated. When you cover your face with a mask, some skin care products that you’ve used in the past may irritate your skin.

5. Wear the right mask. To reduce skin problems, look for masks that offer the following:

= A snug, but comfortable fit
= Soft, natural, and breathable fabric, such as cotton
= Fabric on the inside that feels soft if you have sensitive skin
= Cotton material inside if you have acne or oily skin
= Wearing a mask that offers a snug, but comfortable fit helps to protect you and others from the coronavirus. You want a snug fit across your nose, on the sides, and under your chin.