With the expansion of the Covid-19 pandemic, the mask has become an indispensable complement (and, in some countries, mandatory) in our day-to-day attire. However, experts in dermatology warn that frequent use of the mask can lead to irritation of the skin of the face and the appearance of various reactions such as acne or small pimples.
With this, a new term has now emerged, the “masked”, which refers to acne that appears on the face due to the use of the mask and its corresponding constant friction on the skin. And it is that the constant contact of the masks against our skin causes micro-tears, thus facilitating the entry of bacteria and dirt until they clog the pores.
In this article we will try to answer all the doubts of our users, especially those who have been affected by this phenomenon and who wonder what it is and how to combat masked in a natural way. Keep reading!
Why does the continuous use of a mask affect the skin?
The friction of the mask on the skin, high temperatures, the accumulation of moisture in the covered area. These are some of the reasons why our skin is damaged and reacts with acne breakouts, irritation or redness. For this reason, the term “masked” has been created, something that comes to refer to “masked acne” due to the reactions that arise in the covered area (chin, cheeks and upper lip).
Also, breathing inside a mask creates a warm and humid environment that causes the accumulation of oil (fat), sweat and bacteria in this area of the face. Considering that the masks are designed to block any germs, this contrast between humidity and heat causes significant damage to the skin.
You might find that … The surgical masks most affect the area located behind the ears, while FPP2 masks usually irritate the nose and cheekbone area.
How to take care of the skin with the use of the mask to avoid the “masked”?
An important aspect that should now be taken into account when combating “masked” is facial hygiene, always including a deep cleansing routine and the application of a homemade and natural mask for the face whenever possible. In addition, there are a number of steps you can take to avoid or reduce acne breakouts caused by frequent use of the mask.
Consider the type of mask you use.
Only you can judge the relationship between the type of material of your mask and the level of protection it will provide. However, dermatologists suggest 100% cotton, since it is a very good option for the skin to breathe better. Also, as the temperature rises and you sweat more, you will need to keep your mask clean or wear a new one.
Go through a skincare routine more often.
Many of us use too many new beauty products, so the use of the mask can be a good excuse to readjust the skincare routine that includes a soap for intolerant skin or a mild cleanser without soap and, if possible, made with natural ingredients. It is also advisable to maintain skin hydration after using this type of protection by applying your trusted facial cream.
Don’t apply makeup (at least temporarily)
If you knew sweat a lot in the area covered by the mask, it is convenient to apply a mild cleanser or wash the area with micellar water when you remove it. Avoid putting on makeup for a while so that the irritation disappears, or at least try not to do it in the covered area. Remember that you can make your own homemade makeup remover with natural ingredients.
Use products with a “barrier effect.”
If you want to protect the skin of your face or ears from the friction caused by the mask, you can use products that have a “barrier effect” on the skin. For example, you can apply petroleum jelly on the skin before putting on the mask, since this ingredient guarantees an occlusive effect against the possible reactions that its material may cause. Discover other cosmetic uses of Vaseline that may interest you.
See your doctor if the reaction worsens.
Some people suffer eczema when removing the masks due to the pressure of the masks. There are also those who show inflammation or secondary wounds after using the mask. In these cases, it is advisable to consult your doctor or dermatologist to prescribe an anti-inflammatory cream or a topical corticosteroid for a few days.