Wearing a mask for several hours in a row is essential to prevent the spread of coronavirus and help stop flare-ups, but it is exhausting for the skin. The air you exhale remains constant within that small space, and the skin is kept in a modified environment, with extra concentrated moisture of its own, but a lack of environmental moisture, which is not exactly the skin to stay hydrated. And friction and sweat are added to this microclimate. Consequence: dry and irritated skin.
“The masks used for more than 5-6 hours a day create a moist environment for the skin, due to the occlusive effect they perform,” explains dermatologist Toni Ionesco, from the French Saint Louis University Hospital. “And to this must be added the friction and aggression of the skin barrier, which can cause irritative dermatitis, less frequent than allergic dermatitis. If, in addition, there is previously atopic dermatitis, couperosis / rosacea, or acne can worsen”, he added. Redness and peeling can also occur in the parts of the face that are most in contact with the mask: nasal bridge, cheeks and chin. “These skin signs can be accompanied by symptoms such as itching and burning sensations,” adds the dermatologist.
Nose and chin are the areas of the face that dry out the most.
“The skin can feel more sensitive, dehydrated, fatigued and suffer the appearance of pimples or chafing in the area of the nose and chin”, says Noelia Donaire, Beauty Coach of Bella Aurora. To prevent, she recommends the following beauty tips:
- Facial cleansing in the morning and at night, with respectful formulas. This step is essential for the health of the skin.
- To avoid dehydration and flaking: use products that do not need water to remove them, such as micellar solutions.
- Spend some time to perform a complete facial cleansing ritual. Twice a week apply the anti-blemish detoxifying mask to thoroughly cleanse, purify and minimize the pores of the skin.
- In the area of contact with the mask, granites may appear and, later, the dreaded skin spots. For dark spots developed after an inflammation or alteration of the skin, the Bio10 forte Mark-s depigmenting treatment is the most appropriate, as it evens the skin tone, while repairing the barrier function, calming and reducing redness.
- Protect your skin from the sun: the mask does not block solar radiation. Remember to apply a highly protective sunscreen on the face, neck and cleavage every day.
Dermatologist Toni Ionesco says:
- It is advisable to avoid makeup when you are going to put on the mask.
- Using a soothing, healing and isolating cream applied in the morning and at night on the face can prevent and treat this type of skin manifestations.
- In case of persistent lesions on the face and / or hands, aggravation of a pre-existing skin condition, it is recommended to consult a dermatologist.