A recent study found that about half of us who wear face masks will suffer from acne, dermatitis, itch, or pressure injuries. The likelihood of developing one of these conditions is determined by how long you wear a mask. Facial skin problems begin to appear with 4 to 6 continuous hours of mask-wearing.
We should continue wearing masks and washing our hands as we enter the flu season. You can take some preventative measures to avoid irritation from your face mask:
– stick to mild, fragrance-free, and non-comedogenic skincare
– skip makeup (go without foundation, powder and blush)
– just use a light moisturizer and sunscreen on your face if you’re going to be wearing a face mask. I have moisturizers available at my office that also include SPF—great for when you are wearing a mask.
– limit face washing to two times/day and after sweating
– apply moisturizer before and after you wear your mask
– throw away a disposable mask after one day’s use
– cloth masks should be laundered after one day’s use