Wearing face masks in hot weather is a real challenge for your face. Cosmetologists have already dubbed rashes and irritations caused by prolonged use of masks, the term “mask”. We figure out what will help to avoid this trouble and how to act if the skin has already had time to give a negative reaction to the main means of personal protection against microbes and viruses.
In the summer, the skin experiences increased stress: ultraviolet light, dry air of air conditioners, active work of the sebaceous glands. However, now another item has been added to the list – wearing protective and medical masks, which, apparently, are 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 do not leave the house without a mask, you have probably already faced an unpleasant side effect of your prudence: acne, irritation, and diaper rash in the “mask” areas – on the cheeks, nose, and chin.
By the way, this is not a complete list of dermatological troubles: the 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 problem skin.
All these unpleasant manifestations can be aggravated by friction of the tissue against the skin of the face, during which there is an increased irritation of the sebaceous glands and hair follicles.
The To-Do List Of Basic Skin-Care Rules
- As a preventive measure against possible unpleasant consequences, it is recommended to change masks as often as possible so that microbes do not accumulate on them. For disposable masks, discard them every two hours.
If you use reusable masks, make sure they are hygienic – process after each use (daily wash followed by ironing with a hot iron) – and remember that even such masks do not last forever and need to be replaced. Doctors insist that we treat the mask-like underwear – which means that the issues of cleanliness and hygiene must be observed one hundred percent.
- Dermatologists consider natural cotton masks to be the best compromise, as they allow the skin to breathe somehow. But the spectacular-looking elastic designer neoprene masks are unlikely to be humane to your skin in the heat.
- After using the mask, wipe your face with a cotton pad moistened with chlorhexidine. This solution does not dry the skin and has an antiseptic effect.
- Simplify your daily skincare routine. Leave only the essentials: the most delicate soap-free cleanser and a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer. In this case, the rule “the less is the better” works.
- Another good reason to use fewer products is that the face shield increases the penetration of the products into the skin cells. This is the so-called occlusion effect, and you have probably seen it in action if, for example, you have treated dry, chapped skin of your feet at least once by applying products with petroleum jelly and wearing over socks overnight.
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 the pores – which means that you will get acne or pimples.
- If the mask still could not be avoided, it should be treated in the same way as with 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 more pronounced cases of 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 brands of reliable cosmetics. As a rule, their formulas already have everything you need for problem skin prone to irritations and acne. One of the win-win options is Biologi face serum.
- Despite the general tiredness and dehydration typical for the skin after isolation, it still needs a delicate renewal. Consider mechanical cleansing with gadgets as a daily routine.
- In the summer, the skin is prone to dehydration. To avoid disturbing the natural balance, it is important to strengthen its lipid barrier, thereby making the skin less susceptible to external irritants. Give preference to moisturizing textures in your daily skincare routine. Hyaluronic acid, for example, will help attract and retain moisture in the skin, thereby reducing the friction caused by wearing the mask.
Serums with hyaluronic acid and squalane will help balance sebum production and provide long-lasting hydration to the skin.
- 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.
Caring masks based on charcoal will help to balance the increased secretion of sebum and remove inflammation. Charcoal removes dust, excess sebum, and other impurities from the pores.