Wearing face masks are an essential part of the worldwide fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Face masks help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus. Most health authorities around the world including the World Health Organization, recommend wearing face masks to keep safe from COVID. As the pandemic has developed, the effectiveness of wearing face masks has been revealed. Most public places now make it mandatory to wear face masks. However, wearing face masks have shown to have adverse effects on the skin. Prolonged use of face masks can cause or aggravate pre-existing skin conditions like breakouts, rashes and other skin problems on the face.

One such skin condition is what is referred to as ‘maskne’. Maskne is a combination of the words ‘mask’ and ‘acne’. Though maskne isn’t always related to acne, some facial breakouts can be a possible side effect of prolonged mask use. The highest incidences of skin conditions caused by prolonged use of face masks include acne, facial itch and rash. Wearing face masks is more likely to cause skin conditions if they have pre-existing skin issues like:

  • Rosacea
  • Acne
  • Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema
  • Sensitivity to humid or dry air
  • Allergies

Taking the right precautionary measures can help reduce the adverse effects wearing face masks can have on your skin. Some tips to follow that can help keep skin healthy with mask use are:

  • Cleanse and moisturize. Use a mild, fragrance-free cleanser when you wash your face. Dry skin is one of the common face mask skin problems. Applying moisturizer immediately after washing your face adds a protective layer that can reduce dryness. It is recommended by professional dermatologists to use moisturizers containing Ceramides, Hyaluronic acid, or Dimethicone to get the most benefit from moisturizers. Apply moisturizer before and after wearing a mask. A basic guide to choosing the right moisturizer for your skin type is:

o   Oily and acne-prone skin: Gel moisturizer

o   Normal or combination skin: Lotion

o   Dry to very dry skin: Cream

  • Petroleum Jelly. Dry skin and chapped lips are common face mask skin problems. You can prevent chapped lips by applying petroleum jelly to your lips.
  • Skip Makeup. Beneath a mask, makeup is more likely to clog your pores and lead to breakouts. If necessary, use makeup products that are labelled “non-comedogenic”, which won’t clog pores.
  • Avoid New Skin Products. Try not to experiment with new skin products that may irritate your skin. To reduce skin problems, avoid trying harsh products, such as a chemical peel, exfoliant, or retinoid, for the first time. It is recommended to cut back on products that can irritate your skin, like leave-on salicylic acid, retinoid you apply to your face, and aftershave.

Wearing the right face mask can also help reduce skin problems caused by prolonged use. Some points to look out for are:

  • Snugness. Wearing a mask that fits snugly and comfortably helps to protect you and others from the Coronavirus. The face mask should offer a snug fit across your nose, on the sides and under your chin. A face mask that has a snug fit also reduces skin problems. If the face mask feels too tight or slides around on your face, it can irritate your skin.
  • Fabric. Avoid synthetic fabrics, such as nylon, polyester, and rayon on the layer that rests against your skin. These are more likely to irritate your skin and cause breakouts.

In case of persisting skin problems, a visit to the dermatologist in Qatar can help deal with it effectively. Avail treatment from Premium Naseem to access care from the best dermatologists in Qatar. We provide you with the best skincare in Qatar. Aided with the top-of-the-art medical equipment we provide the latest in modern skincare treatment. Book an appointment to make a consultation with one of our specialists.