Covid-19 mask Acne breakouts

Preventing Acne Breakouts From Face Masks During Covid-19

Unusual times yield unusual problems. The need for safety outweighs the need to look good, but there are ways to assure your face mask during the Covid-19 outbreak doesn’t cause acne.  The American Academy of Dermatology has outlined steps to avoid breakouts. We’re here to break it down for you.

Cleanse and moisturize your face daily to avoid acne

Keeping your face clean and moisturized is the most important step.

Followed closely by keeping your skin moisturized, as the mask can tend to dry out your skin. Board-certified dermatologist Carrie L. Kovarik, MD, FAAD recommends moisturizing gels made with hyaluronic acid among others.

Protect your lips by applying petroleum jelly

Dry skin and chapped lips are a common problem. This is easily prevented by applying petroleum jelly to your lips:

  • After washing your face
  • Before you put on your mask
  • Before bed

Avoid trying new skincare products that can irritate your skin

It’s important to stick with what you know.

“To reduce skin problems, avoid trying harsh products, such as a chemical peel, exfoliant, or retinoid, for the first time, says board-certified dermatologist Daniela Kroshinsky, MD, MPH, FAAD”.

Avoid trying new products that can be harsh on the skin.

Use less of certain skincare products if your face becomes irritated

Should your skin become irritated, avoid the following:

  • Leave-on salicylic acid
  • Retinoids
  • Aftershave

Wear the right mask. 

“To reduce skin problems, look for masks that offer the following:

    • A snug, but comfortable fit
    • Soft, natural, and breathable fabric, such as cotton
    • Fabric on the inside that feels soft if you have sensitive skin
    • Cotton material inside if you have acne or oily skin”

Take a 15-minute mask break every 4 hours

Safety first, make sure you remove your mask when you’re alone outdoors, in your car, or at home.

Wash your cloth masks

Washing your mask removes oils and dead skin cells. It’s important to keep it clean, but follow instructions for safety.

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