Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks have quickly become a daily essential in many countries.
It is today mandatory to wear one in most public places to limit the spread of coronavirus. However, wearing a mask for long periods at a time may impact your skin in many ways.

Masks and elastic can cause irritation by repetitive friction which can disrupt the outer protective layer of our skin, the epidermis. This can lead to inflammatory reactions, a rash andĀ  itchiness. Dryness may occur and skin conditions like eczema and rosacea could worsen.

Masks can trap heat increasing humidity, sebum and sweat which can be the ideal environment for the spread of acne causing bacteria. As a result you may experience acne breakouts (maskne!), blackheads on the nose, chin and cheeks.

Some of you may already be on a good balanced skin care regimen and because of this, you may experience less frequent irritation when wearing mask.

I have some skin care tips to help you when wearing a mask, to promote healthy glowing skin and to reduce possible irritation and congestionšŸ§”

1. Cleanse and moisturise your skin morning and night.

2. Use a protective moisturiser with spf even if your face is half covered. I recommend zinc based, as zinc is healing as well as soothing and great for sensitive skin types.

3. Increase frequency of exfoliation during the week to decongest skin and remove build up of makeup, sebum,& dead skin cells. Use an exfoliating serum at night prior to moisturising and consider regular superficial exfoliating skin peels.

4. Hydration boost weekly with a hydrating mask treatment at home.šŸ’§

5. Use a Vitamin B3 serum (Niacinamide) morning and night.Ā  Increases ceramides to promote a luminous glow and hydrates the skin and strengthens barrier function. It also reduces breakouts and congestion by regulating oil flow. Love that. So many benefits!Ā  A super multi-tasking product.

6. Apply a lip product containing Hyaluronic acid before bed. Apply before wearing your mask to help nourish the lips.šŸ’§

7. Avoid makeup underneath the mask to avoid an occlusive effect. If makeup is avoidable choose a non comedogenic make up option to reduce acne breakouts and clogged pores.

8. Handle your mask with clean hands to limit the spread of bacteria.

9. Prioritise a cotton mask over synthetic material. Synthetic material may irritate a sensitive skin type. Don’t forget to wash your mask. Choose a laundry powder that is hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. (Less irritating on the skin)

10. Change your mask if it’s damp or wet! A wet mask is harder to breathe through, and is less efficient at filtering.

Skin care products should be recommended depending on your skin type. If you are unsure of your skin type get in touch. Well formulated skin care with a clean science backing & consistent application will give you best results.

If you would like some help with your home skin care regimen or have any questions, please email me on smitee@radianceaesthetics.co.nz.

 

Smitee

NZRN

Appearance medicine

Wellington.