Due to COVID-19, protective face coverings are now a requirement for the general public while outside of their homes and in most public spaces; particularly at the grocery store, at work (if you’re not working remotely), and healthcare settings. The preventative steps taken during the pandemic have created a new set of skin concerns, and complications have been prevalent. Skin can become aggravated, dry, and itchy after wearing face coverings for an extended period of time or by not cleaning them properly. If you’ve noticed a recent flare up of acne, dry skin, or chapped lips, read on to discover why, and for tips to prevent skin irritations:
Recently, the most common skin complications have been dry skin from excessive hand washing, and face irritations from wearing face masks. Before we fix the problem, we must understand why this particular protective measure is impacting the skin. The likely reasons masks are causing skin trouble are due to blocked pores (especially with sweat, oil, or bacteria on a dirty mask), dry skin and lips (from friction of the fabric), and irritation from excessive pressure if the mask is too tight. Another contributing factor is the weather and season — as summer brings heat and humidity — causing even more sweat and oil build up. In addition, any previous skin issues like acne, rosacea and psoriasis, are likely to be aggravated by the face mask from friction, heat, and sweating.
How do you fix the damage?
- When possible, opt for a cotton face covering that you can wash by hand with soap and hot water. Certain face masks are machine washable and if you have the option, wash your mask after every use and air dry.
-After cleansing, apply a thick layer of moisturizer for hydration and to create an extra protective barrier for skin. For extra TLC use the creamy, soothing, Doctor D. Schwab Arnica Mask and hydrate sensitive skin while reducing the appearance of redness and bruising in aggravated skin from protective face coverings. The arnica extract, concentrated peptides, and grape stem cell extract, calm skin and the lavender scent will relax you at the same time. It can be applied and rinsed off, or left on overnight for intense healing.