How to avoid skin irritation and acne from face masks
However, when air, humidity, heat and friction are mixed, it may cause skin problems and discomfort.
Suffering from asthma myself I am finding it very difficult having my face covered up for long periods of time, since this feels suffocating and can make me feel nauseous.
A lot of other people were telling me that they are suffering from the same problems but we still need to protect ourselves, which is the most important and necessary thing we can do even if it is causing discomfort.
Masks usually cause skin irritations due to decreased perspiration (which is also aggravated if makeup is added) and its continued use can also cause the appearance of blackheads or acne and heat spot breakouts.
This happens because as the day goes by, the accumulation of moisture in the air along with decreased air circulation and sweat can lead to clogged pores and the disruption of normal sebum production.
Continued use of PPE can also cause dry, itching, red, flaking and bruised skin.
Try to avoid ultra aggressive skincare ingredients like retinol, heavily perfumed skincare or too much exfoliation since your skin will be even more prone to breaking out.
Consistency is key, if you have sensitive skin, you really want to follow a regular skincare routine.
There are simple guidelines to follow in order to avoid further skin reactions.
Before wearing a mask:
- wash your face with a natural cleanser such as Azulene Foam Active since it is formulated for stressed and sensitive skin, a calming foaming face wash, which is extremely gentle and hydrating for your skin and removes impurities and decongests the skin without drying it out. Azulene foaming facial wash leaves the skin shield from the effects of free radicals in the environment and more able to recover from damages sustained from a range of causes.
I would suggest a light moisturiser since you don't want to be too greasy under your mask to get more pimples.
Try to avoid makeup if you're going to spend many hours with the mask on, since foundation and concealer can clog pores and cause acne breakouts.
After Removing The Mask
It's just as important to take care of the skin before, during and after using face masks.
Again, cleanse the skin well to remove all traces of dirt with a clean towel.
- Hydrate your skin with a light anti-inflammatory moisturiser or serum like our multi award winning Repair Serum (Energizing Beauty Fluid) for stressed, irritated and sensitive skin.
An intensely rejuvenating serum that targets skin in need of extra care. Designed to improve the skin's metabolism, the serum super-charges any skincare regime to heal, restore vitality, soothe, calm, hydrate and has collagen enhancing benefits.
If you find that your skin gets bruises or scrapes from your mask I would highly recommend our award winning skin rescue creme, designed to relieve, cool and protect skin that is distressed, angry or reactive with natural anti-inflammatoty, anti-fungual, anti-microbial properties, this must-have recovery creme encourages cell regeneration, while calming and reducing redness, cold sores or bruising with fast results.
Our clients call this product The Magic Creme!
Spa Illuminata Danesfield House (who stocks our products) says -
"Such an amazing product that we use in treatments and retail. Claudia is right, it is magic cream ��"
Top tip: Sleeping on a cotton pillow cases is a very absorbent fabric therefore it will suck moisture from your skin as you sleep, resulting that even your expensive anti ageing creme will not work and therefore I will always recommend Mayfair Silk as my 'go to' for silk pillow cases!
(for example, silk does not absorb as much as cotton so your products stay on it..)