Wearing masks has become mainstream now after the pandemic. Many are even choosing to wear a mask when in crowded areas for their own health, even as requirements are being lifted. Others work in professions where mask wearing is now standard practice for the foreseeable future. The eyes are all people see when you wear a mask, so we understandably focus on making this part of our face look better. But what’s going on under the mask?
Hidden Skin ProblemsThe American Academy of Dermatology acknowledges that prolonged mask wearing commonly causes skin problems. This is due to several causes, including restricted airflow to the skin, excessive sweating, oily buildup, mask fabric rubbing on and irritating skin, dirty masks keeping oil and dirt in contact with skin and even raw skin from prolonged fabric and band rubbing.
The most common skin problems developing underneath our masks include:
- Excessive oily skin
- Acne breakouts
- Excessive dryness
- Skin irritations
- Sores behind the ears
- Take off your mask, when possible, throughout the day to allow your skin to breathe
- Wash cloth masks frequently with gentle soap
- Wear only comfortable-fitting masks that fit your face and ears properly
- Using gentle cleansers daily to keep skin clean
- Using a moisturizer after cleansing for dry skin and to combat acne
- Discontinue wearing makeup or treatments on irritated skin
- Seek help from an aesthetician for advanced treatment
Advanced Skincare Products from ParsaMDFor Beverly Hills-level skincare products used in our own MedSpa, shop the ParsaMD online store for appropriate cleansers and moisturizers that can keep hidden skin healthy and looking young for when your mask can be set aside. All our products are recommended by our own aestheticians, but some may be better for your particular skin conditions or problems.
Try these cleanser products: