In the COVID-time, face masks become a necessity when going out. But did you notice a higher tendence of pimples and blackheads, oily skins or other complications recently?
Face masks and skin complications
If you say “yes!” immediately, here are some reasons:
- ❓ The time wearing face masks is more than 3 consecutive hours a day – the moisture from your breath and and particles in the environment trapped inside mask and form close contact with face
- ❓ If you use single-use surgical masks (e.g. healthcare workers) – the non-woven fabric is less permeable and less skin-friendly, causing warmth trapped inside mask and abrasion of skin
- ❓ If you use washable masks made of synthetic fabrics (e.g. nylons, polyester) – the less permeable fabric traps heat inside mask hence sweat and grease secretion from skin
- ❓ If the environment is relatively warm – the temperature inside mask is high and encourage skin’s sweat and grease secretion
- ❓ If you have make-ups with foundations and powders – thick layer of foundation clogs the pores
👉 Then you have a higher risk of experiencing skin complications, because the masks trap up moisture, grease and other particles that clog pores and lead to acne breakouts.
Avoid skin complications – points to remeber
To eliminate the factors that causes clogged pores or excess heat on face, remember these points:
- Keep your face clean
- Avoid build-up of heat inside mask
- Avoid skin contact of abrasing fabrics
- Keep your face moisturised
- Treat face complications (acnes, wounds, rashes) ASAP
Facial care amid face masks – tips from Casida
🧐 Our advices:
- ✅ If you wear masks for public hygiene purposes (aka “community masks”), choose those made of breathable, skin-friendly cotton cloths.
Face masks with pockets for filter inserts (e.g. paper napkins) also can prevent heat and moisture build-up;
- ✅ If you need to wear mask for prolonged time (e.g. at workplace), keep a few spare masks with you and use to a new, clean one every few hours;
- ✅ Take off the mask after 1-2 hours of wearing for a break
- ✅ Avoid heavy make-up on areas covered by face masks.
- ✅ Cleanse your face after taking off the mask (our tips: 🌱 Micellar Water Chamomille), to ensure that the sweat, dust and grease on your face are removed thoroughly;
- ✅ Use skincare products with nourishing and moisturising ingredients (e.g. collagen and hyaluronic acid, our tips: Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluron and Collagen Cream Peptide Filler with Hyaluronic Acid) to rehydrate your skin;
- ✅ Products with anti-inflammatory properties (aloe vera, vitamin E, tea tree oil, e.g. Aloe Vera Gel Skin and Hair, Vitamin E Oil Tocopherol and Tea Tree Oil Natural and Pure ) are good treatment for skins with acnes, rashes or eczema.