Wearing face masks in hot weather is a real challenge for your face. Cosmetologists have already dubbed rashes and irritation caused by prolonged use of masks, the term “mask”. We figure out what will help to avoid this problem and how to act if the skin has already had time to react negatively to the main means of personal protection against microbes and viruses.
In summer, the skin is under increased stress: ultraviolet light, dry air from air conditioners, active work of the sebaceous glands. However, another item has now been added to the list – wearing protective and medical masks, which, apparently, have been with us for a long time.
Due to friction and high humidity under the mask, the skin becomes more vulnerable to infectious agents: microbes and viruses. If you regularly follow the WHO recommendations and don’t go out of the house without a mask, you’ve probably already faced an unpleasant side effect of your caution: acne, irritation and diaper rash in the “masked” areas – on the cheeks, nose, and chin.
By the way, this is not a complete list of dermatological disorders: prolonged wearing of masks in the heat can also provoke the appearance of herpes on the lips.
When you breathe in a mask (and even in hot weather) for several hours, a so-called “greenhouse effect” is created inside, against which an ideal habitat is formed for pathogens of various skin diseases , especially if you already have skin problems .
All these unpleasant manifestations can be aggravated by the friction of the tissue against the skin of the face, during which increased irritation of the sebaceous glands and hair follicles occurs.
The to-do list of basic skincare rules
- As a preventive measure against possible unpleasant consequences, it is recommended to change the mask as often as possible so that microbes do not accumulate there. For disposable masks, throw them away every two hours.
If you use reusable masks, make sure they are hygienic – process after each use (daily washing followed by ironing with a hot iron) – and remember that even such masks do not last forever and must be replaced. Doctors insist that we treat underwear in the form of a mask – which means that cleanliness and hygiene issues must be complied with one hundred percent.
- Dermatologists consider natural cotton masks the best compromise, as they allow the skin to breathe somehow. But spectacular-looking stretchy neoprene masks are unlikely to be cruelty-free to your skin in the heat.
- After using the mask, wipe your face with a cotton ball soaked in chlorhexidine. This solution does not dry out the skin and has an antiseptic effect.
- Simplify your daily skincare routine. Leave only the essential: the most delicate soap-free cleanser and a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer. In this case, the “less is more” rule works.
- Another good reason to use less product is that the face shield increases product penetration into skin cells. This is called the occlusion effect, and you’ve probably seen it in action if, for example, you’ve treated dry, chapped skin on your feet at least once by applying products containing Vaseline and wearing socks at night.
If there is an “overdose” of funds on the skin, it will create the effect of a puff cake and increase the risk of clogging pores – which means you will get acne or pimples.
- If the mask still cannot be avoided, it should be treated in the same way as for ordinary local rashes. Apply salicylic acid or glycolic acid to the affected area or zinc and sulfur spot treatments that apply to individual acne. For cases of more pronounced masks, products with benzoyl peroxide are suitable. But, of course, self-medication in this case is not appropriate: only a specialist can give specific prescriptions.
- Give preference to reliable cosmetic brands. Typically, their formulas already contain everything you need for problem skin prone to irritation and acne. One of the win-win options is Biologi face serum.
- Despite the typical general fatigue and dehydration of the skin after isolation, it still needs delicate renewal. Think of mechanical cleaning with gadgets as a daily routine.
- In summer, the skin is prone to dehydration. In order not to disturb the natural balance, it is important to strengthen its lipid barrier, thus making the skin less sensitive to external aggressions. Prioritize moisturizing textures in your daily skincare routine. Hyaluronic acid, for example, will help attract and retain moisture in the skin, reducing the friction caused by wearing the mask.
Serums with hyaluronic acid and squalane will help balance sebum production and provide long-lasting skin hydration.
- Use green tea products to soothe irritated skin. It is rich in antioxidants and has the ability to protect skin cells from the negative effects of toxins.
Charcoal skincare masks will help balance increased sebum secretion and eliminate inflammation. Charcoal removes dust, excess oil and other impurities from pores.