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How to Steer Clear of Acne When Wearing Face Masks
Rachel Gibbons Beauty Expert
How to Steer Clear of Acne When Wearing Face Masks

Wondering why you are experiencing breakouts during this RMCO period? This is due to the downward pressure from your face mask trapping air onto your face, thus increasing the temperature and humidity especially around your nose and mouth area. This heat and sweat to penetrate into your skin, causing irritation that eventually leads to acne, pimples and discolouration.

But fret not, as we’re here to help! We understand that people who have different skin types will experience different issues on their skin so we are here are some helpful tips on how to take care of your skin and prevent those nasty breakouts while still practising measures to keep yourself safe during the Covid-19 period!

 

If you have oily skin: 

Wearing a face mask can potentially cause your face to sweat more and can lead to breakouts. This is because sweat is a combination of salt and fat that causes oily skin. If you already have acne-prone skin, the best way to address the issue is through a spot treatment. We recommend using a zinc cream that will help reduce redness and inflammation.

Check out:  The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (30ml)


If you have dry or sensitive skin

Wearing a face mask can potentially cause dryness and redness on your face. This could evolve into an itchy, scaly rash due to the absorption and exposure to unfamiliar chemicals and bacteria trapped in your mask. You should remove your mask as soon as you get home and wash your face, follow up by applying a soothing moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.

Check out:  Hada Labo +Plus Sensitive Skin Hydra Milk (90g)

If you have an inflammatory skin

Wearing a face mask can potentially cause inflammatory or chronic skin conditions (e.g. rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, etc) and you are likely to experience increased flare-ups. If your skin feels swollen from the pressure or tightness from wearing your mask for long hours, apply a cold towel on the affected areas. Put a towel in icy cold water then wring it out and lay it on cleansed skin. Repeat as many times as you need to reduce the swelling.

 

How to protect your skin with a face mask on.

  • Always wear a clean face mask, changing it daily 
  • Apply a rich oil-based moisturizer or balm on your skin with ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter or jojoba oil to create an extra barrier of facial protection before wearing your face mask
  • Remove your makeup as soon as possible, as the mask on top of the skin may cause the makeup to clog the pores on your skin by pressing down
  • Ensure you use skincare products that are gentle on your skin that is fragrance-free and is aloe-based

Check out:  VT Cosmetics Phyto Emulsion (115ml)

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