Skin problems related to the mask? PPE wearers swear by this consumer product

While Covid restrictions may be lifted, many of us still wear masks on a daily basis, whether at the local supermarket or on a busy train to work. And, while masks help stop the spread of disease, they certainly don’t benefit our skin – as anyone who’s been left with irritation or the dreaded “maskne” can tell you.

If wearing a mask is wreaking havoc on your complexion, perhaps the best people to turn to for recommendations are those who wear full protective gear for long periods of time. We’re talking about PPE wearers, such as doctors, nurses, and dentists, who have learned to manage work while constantly covered, and the skin irritation that can cause.

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Well, one product they love is Liz Earle CICA Restore Skin Paste, which costs £29. “We’ve had so much feedback about the CICA paste improving and calming mask symptoms,” says Sarah Carr, facialist and Liz Earle Ambassador. “The majority of posts are from people wearing PPE for long periods of time and experiencing increased sensitivity, rashes and irritated skin.”

Liz Earle CICA Skin Restoration Paste, £29, John Lewis

If the product helps those who wear PPE day in and day out to improve their skin, we think it could help with our occasional mask-wearing – but how does it work?

“Perfect for dry skin prone to redness, this gentle yet powerful blend works alongside the body’s natural nighttime rejuvenation processes to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier for a visibly restored complexion,” says Sarah.

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CICA Restore Skin Paste has a non-greasy yet super hydrating formula, which will visibly improve the appearance of blemishes overnight. It contains Centella asiatica (CICA) – an ancient herb renowned for its restorative properties, as well as moisturizing resurrection plant, bilberry and wild plum to calm, soothe and comfort.

“The other product that customers loved using with CICA was the Instant Boost Skin Tonic – we recommend wiping under the mask if you wear it for long rides or during breaks if you wear PPE all day “says Sarah. “Then apply the CICA if necessary, mainly as a night treatment.”