For those of you who have been spending time at work or out of the house where masks are necessary, you might have noticed a difference in your skin. Whether it’s dry, itchy, or more prone to acne, wearing a mask can irritate your skin. Here’s how to combat your newest skincare challenge with tips from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).
Use a mild, fragrance-free cleanser daily to combat dry skin underneath your mask.
Moisturize your skin after you wash your face. To prevent breakouts, use moisturizers based on your skin type:
Oily skin: use a gel moisturizer
Normal skin: use lotion
Dry skin: use cream
Find the Right Mask
The AAD suggests masks offer 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; or cotton material inside if you have acne or oily skin.”
Wash your Mask
Wash your mask frequently using fragrance-free, sensitive skin detergent. Experts recommend washing your cloth masks after a day’s use. Make sure the mask still fits properly after washing.
If you’re experiencing extreme breakouts, or are having other reactions to wearing a mask, a visit to the dermatologist is in order. You can find one to fit your needs with our Favorite Docs 2020.