Since we want to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe from COVID-19, that’s why, wearing a mask is now part of our daily attire. Mask Acne
However, wearing masks for hours traps in the existing oil, dead skin, and dirt in our skin, eventually forming acne, which is not a good sign for skin.
Additional factors include the number of times the mask has been reused, the washing technique, and the mask’s material; wherein, cloth masks remain the friendliest for the skin.
To keep acne at bay:
- Wash your face at least twice a day and refrain from wearing make-up, for it can add to the dirt and grime.
- If you have uncontrollable acne, ask your dermatologist what topical antibiotics you can apply in the morning before putting your mask on. This can prevent bacteria from brewing during the day.
- Exfoliate with mild acids and retinoids at night. But if you’re a first-time user, best to avoid adding a new member to your routine unless prescribed by your dermatologist.
- Apply a moisturizer at night that best suits your skin type to protect and strengthen your skin barrier.
- Remove your mask (if possible) every 4 hours, allowing your skin to breathe.
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Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.