The United States is facing a serious problem with the increasing rates of COVID-19 infection. The best way to protect yourself these days from contracting the virus is by wearing a mask. Experts report that wearing a mask can reduce the chances of transmission from an average of 17.4% to 3.1%.
While that is good news for people who fear the viral infection and want to protect themselves but wearing a mask for long periods can lead to several embarrassing and uncomfortable skin issues such as zits, blemishes, and pimples. The rising rate of breakouts has led to a new term coined ‘Maskne’ to describe the skin condition caused by the continuous usage of face masks. Mask causes friction of fabric against the skin and can irritate the hair follicles that results in increasing acne flare-ups.
So, how can you prevent the dreaded ‘Maskne’ without increasing your risk of contracting the virus?
Here are some expert tips to help you out:
Wash That Mask
A lot of people keep using their fabric masks for days without washing them. They put them on when going out and pull them off and toss them in a sunny spot in the car when they get back home, hoping the sun will kill the microbes. If you are guilty of this behavior, you are not alone.
While the sun and the heat can help kill the virus, it also allows microbes to grow and breed in the fabric. When you put on the contaminated mask back on, the bacteria attach to your skin, causing it to breakout.
Make sure you wash and dry your mask properly before each use with hypoallergenic and dermatologically friendly products to avoid irritating your skin.
Avoid Tight Masks
If your mask is too tight, it will cause excessive friction of fabric on skin and lead to irritated and inflamed skin that is prone to acne flare-ups. Use masks that are comfortable to wear and not too tight. However, they should also not be too loose to let the viral bacteria in from the sides when you breathe.
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