Since it doesn’t look like masks will be going anywhere soon you need to change your skincare routine when wearing masks. Masks prohibit our skin from naturally shedding dead skin cells and the trapped heat and moisture create the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. This increases acne, breakouts, and inflammation. Here are a few quick tips.
- If your skin is sensitive to touch, raw, or severely inflamed head to the dermatologist.
- Ensure all your skincare products are non-comedogenic.
- Be sure to exfoliate 2 to 3 days a week with an ultra-gentle, non-granular exfoliator.
- Add a salicylic acid toner to your daily skincare routine to minimize acne and breakouts.
- There’s no need to apply makeup under your mask as it will further clog your pores and promote bacteria growth.
- Cone-shaped disposable masks will cause less skin irritation because they touch your skin less.
- Wear ultra-soft cotton or silk washable masks.
- Only wear each mask once between washing.
- Wash your mask in a fragrance-free, baby-safe, or sensitive skin laundry detergent.
- Switch masks every 3 to 4 hours.
- Wear a thick and creamy lip balm as masks can dry your lips.
- Eliminate ear burn by switching to masks that wrap around your head or investing in a headband with buttons to loop your straps around.
- If head straps are loose, secure them with a bobby pin or barrette.
Here’s to healthy skin!