Protection of the skin from the mask - maskne

Protect the skin from the mask
In Greece, as in most parts of the world, lately we have to wear a mask in all public places and not only. It is the most necessary accessory in our daily life, as it protects us from the rapid transmission of Covid-19.

As time goes on, you will notice that the area covered by the mask becomes more and more sensitive. With its continuous use this will become more and more common. Mostly, those who have sensitive or oily skin notice superficial and small acne pimples. Others even notice flares in their rosacea.
This acne from the frequent use of the protection mask is now known as "maskne". It concerns us all and it is good to know how to deal with it in a timely and correct manner.

How is the maskne

The skin is in balance with the external environment. Changes in ambient humidity can cause a variety of skin issues. Especially in people who are prone to irritation or acne.

The COVID-19 pandemic protection mask does the following. It traps moisture in the closed space between the face and the fabric. This moisture can cause irritation, especially when the mask is misused and contaminated with germs. Especially at high temperatures or with excessive pressure or by rubbing the mask on the skin. The pores of the sebaceous glands are blocked. Sebum is trapped. Bacteria multiply under the skin and superficial acne lesions appear on the skin. Mainly along the support strap of the mask, on the chin, the cheeks. Ή the area above the bridge of the nose.

In addition, stress and depression contribute to the increase in sebum production in the skin in combination with the mask and the appearance of the mask. The uncertainty that affects people in times of quarantine and pandemic.

What to look for when choosing a mask

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, masks tend to become an essential health accessory. Choosing the right mask is a key factor in preventing any skin irritation. Avoid wearing masks made of polyester and generally synthetic material. The chemical elements that their fibers may contain irritate the skin and prevent it from breathing. Prefer masks made of natural fibers. Cotton or natural silk is more skin friendly. Also, make sure that they fit properly on the face, without tightening.

How to manage the use of a mask

Before wearing the mask, you should have washed your hands thoroughly with soap. also to have cleansed your face with a special cleanser skin, recommended by your dermatologist. Pay special attention to cleaning the nostrils and mouth. The mask must always be clean and if you use a disposable mask change it after each application.

While wearing the mask you may feel the need to pull it to get some fresh air. It is best not to do this until you are in a safe environment, such as your car or home. If you are outdoors alone, Before removing the mask, be sure to clean or disinfect your hands. Then discard the mask if it is disposable. If it is reusable, place it in a plastic bag so you can wear it again when needed.

What you need to do to deal with the maskne (acne from the protection mask).

In general, pay close attention to the hygiene of your skin and do not touch your face. Nor should you apply beauty and care products without washing your hands thoroughly. Because you can wear the mask for a long time, it is best not to put on makeup all the time, so that the pores of the skin do not become clogged. A face cream with protection against pollution is the ideal shield. The environmental protection cream creates a protective tissue over the skin and removes it from irritation. If you notice superficial pimples or redness and itching, visit our dermatologist for additional advice and proper treatment of maskne symptoms with special treatment.

Read more about protecting your skin from pollution here!

Source: Dr. Tzermias Christoforos

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