Preventing Skin Damage due to Face Masks
SKIN EMERGENCY DUE TO COVER UP!
Working from home to carefully planning our weekly shopping trips for essentials to arranging meals in advance, these things are the ‘new normal’ and we are still adjusting to it. And the most important adjustment in addition to the rest is wearing a face mask whenever we are stepping out, and even more frequently in a medical care environment.
As the spread of the novel Covid-19 continues, more number of people are using face masks and face coverings in order to curb the spread. But you are soon likely to discover that besides keeping you safe, it has an adverse side to it if worn for prolonged number of hours - the outbreak of a disagreeable skin emergency. Buildup of excessive moisture and repetitive friction because of the occlusive nature of the protective gear, can lead to skin chafing, rashes and even breakouts.
So, what should you do?
Suggested by some of the trusted dermatologists, here are the best ways to treat and keeping your skin clear while following the public health advisory –
- Contemplate the fabric of the mask before purchasing or a DIY
The fabric you choose can make a big difference to your gentle skin, whether you DIY or buy a readymade one. Opt for something soft and natural like a cotton face cover and avoid synthetic materials as they are harsh on the skin.
- Right kind of fit
You want your mask to be secure, but not tighter than required to achieve a skin-to-mask seal, especially for general public. The best way is to wear a cover that sits close to the skin and that doesn't brush away. Also it is important to remember to touch the mask as little as possible, so you certainly want to wear something that is comfortable and gentle to your skin.
- Before and after face wash
Try to keep your face as clean as possible by regular and thorough cleansing. Even if your face may not seem dirty, still having that add-on environment of the mask on your skin may lead to inflammation or breakouts. So it is imperative to wash your face every time before wearing a mask and after taking off the mask. It may not be workable to wash your face at times especially if you are at work, in that scenario you can use the makeup wipes.
- Moisturize well
Post cleansing, make sure to follow up with a lightweight moisturizer as you wouldn’t want to dry out your complexion and stripping it of essential oils. It also acts as a skin barrier and at the same time keep your skin hydrated.
- Break away from makeup
Let your skin breathe when wearing a mask by skipping out on makeup application. Potentially irritating or pore-clogging ingredients must be avoided under the mask-covered skin as makeup can cause occlusion of oil glands and pores leading to breakouts or even inflammation. If you still want to play with makeup then restrict your application to only what’s above eye level.
Some amount of TLC goes a long way, especially now. Keep a close eye on your skin since it may need special care after using a mask. If you are experiencing a bit of irritation, redness or break out, turn to soothing products. A barrier cream or gel loaded with calming oils and anti-bacterial ingredients help in healing the possible infections.
SkinEasi activ: Skin Protector & Anti-chafing Gel
Maintaining a strong skin barrier is as important as wearing a mask. Do it for your skin! SkinEasi activ, is India's first anti-chafing gel that prevents skin irritation and rashes due to prolonged use of Face Mask and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
SkinEasi Second Skin patented technology forms an invisible, breathable, non-staining, non greasy & water repellent film which protects from rash, redness, soreness due to rubbing of skin on skin, skin on clothing or prolonged use of Face mask.
How does it work ?
The barrier film reduces the friction by >80% and does not rub off easily. Hence giving long lasting protection against friction related skin rash and irritation even in presence of sweat, rain or water.
Is it safe to apply around the sensitive area near eyes & nose?
What is the correct way to Apply ?