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Your Skin Behind the Mask

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).

Wash Up 

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.

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