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No To Maskne!

August 14, 2020 | 9:34 am

The New Normal: Face Masks On!

Our best defense against COVID-19 is wearing face masks together with practicing hand hygiene and social distancing. The importance of wearing face masks cannot be stressed enough. It shields the nose and mouth to lower the chances of getting and transmitting the virus.

With regular wearing of face masks being the new norm, skin problems from wearing it arise.

 

Why do wearing face masks cause skin problems?

Wearing masks subjects our skin to constant pressure and friction, thereby causing irritation. It also exposes the covered skin to higher temperatures, trapped sweat, and more bacteria and microorganisms from our noses and mouths. These factors may trigger breakouts, irritation and other skin problems.

Things you can do to protect your skin:

  • Moisturize.
    • Wearing light moisturizer can serve as a barrier against friction.
  • Wear light make-up.
    • Wearing light make up is acceptable. However, it is not advisable if you will be reusing N95 masks.
  • Cleanse and exfoliate.
    • Cleansing and exfoliating go hand-in-hand in removing the build-up of oil, dirt, bacteria and other particles our skin is exposed to. Cleanse daily and exfoliate two to three times per week, depending on your skin type.
  • Use prescription medication.
    • Dermatologists may prescribe medication for severe conditions.

 

Our dermatologists can help you!

It is best to be guided by experts in dealing with skin conditions. Set your appointment with our dermatologists! You may visit http://findadoctor.dlshsi.edu.ph/ or call (046) 481-8000 or (02) 8988-3100 locals 2001 / 1206 for the clinic schedules.

 

References:

  1. The Star

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/07/26/how-to-avoid-skin-problems-when-wearing-a-face-mask?fbclid=IwAR0UNi-WJjBdyMdnhcpEu2nBfDWG2xeQitBuC6ZNYhvE45k4unC7YoD7b6Q

  1. Healthline

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/face-masks-may-be-irritating-your-skin#:~:text=Wearing%20a%20mask%20frequently%20can,medications%20can%20help%20control%20maskne.

https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/how-often-should-you-exfoliate-your-face

  1. Cleveland Clinic

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/the-struggle-with-maskne-is-very-real/

 

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Disclaimer:

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If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency department, or call your local emergency hotline immediately.

 

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