How to Avoid Skin Irritation From Face Masks


No one likes to wear a mask.

But we do it... to protect ourselves and those around us.

And while they do a decent job of keeping us safe, wearing them has had some unfortunate consequences for our skin.

Folks who haven't dealt with acne since their teen years are suddenly covered in it, a condition known as "maskne."

Others are experiencing dry skin, rashes and itchiness with mask use.

If yours is causing skin issues, here are some things to consider...

Rashes and other face bumps are symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Could you be allergic to your mask?

Some commercial face masks are pre-treated with the chemical formaldehyde to disinfect them.

If you're allergic to formaldehyde, wearing those masks could trigger a breakout.

Also, some are made from synthetic fabrics, like nylon, polyester, and rayon, can cause skin reactions.

To minimize irritation, choose soft, breathable masks made from natural fibers, like cotton.

Some skin problems are caused by ill-fitting masks.

Your mask should comfortably cover your nose and mouth.

But if there are large gaps on the side, chafing can occur.

Be sure your mask fits snugly around the face, but not too tight to cause discomfort.

Are you washing your mask regularly?

Oil, saliva, sweat, and even mucus can get on your mask with each use.

Keep it clean to avoid buildup that can cause skin irritation.

Now, even if your mask is the right material, fitted correctly, and washed regularly, you may still experience skin issues.

Which is why taking proper care of your skin is essential.

Wash your face daily with a gentle cleanser or mild soap to eliminate dirt, sweat and grime that can cause irritation.

Dry skin is a big issue with mask use, so don't forget to moisturize after cleansing to keep your skin hydrated.

And don't forget your lips. They have a tendency to dry out quickly.

Petroleum jelly is a great lip moisturizer.

Just be sure to keep it on your lips, as it can cause skin breakouts when applied to the face.

If you're a makeup wearer, consider skipping it.

Our faces are half-covered anyway, so there's really no need to wear it.

Plus, the makeup can clog your pores and result in breakouts.

If you're tempted to try new skincare products right now, don't.

It's just not worth the risk to expose your skin to new substances that may cause a reaction.

Wearing a mask even for short periods of time can make your skin more sensitive to breakouts and other irritations.

And as the temperature drops, our skin will be under even more stress due to the dry, cold air.

Give your skin some TLC to keep it healthy and happy under those masks.



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Nadra - November 4, 2020

Ty for caring & sharing pertinent, real info! This is my first read of your column!

Judi - November 4, 2020

I developed an access from wearing a disposable mask. I won’t wear them anymore and don’t recommend them i feel that your message is quite political since this election seems to come down to lock down and mask supporters are pro Biden and keeping us upon and more optimistic are pro Trump. Since there is a 99.6% survival rate and the mortality rate goes down every day and an FDA approved treatment, I have to wonder, who you are speaking to.

Jackie Benedict - November 4, 2020

Always enjoy your articles. You are right on with Mask info. Thank you.

Shirley M Soberanis - November 4, 2020

Wearing a mask, should be optional, while using common sense! Keep your immune system strong and live yourself first!
God will take care, through Faith!

Carl Norman - November 4, 2020

The task
of wearing
a mask
leaves me aghast!

David W - November 4, 2020

I’m one of those fortunate ones who have a seamstress in the family who tirelessly makes custom fitted masks out of cotton for each of us. They are triple thick and match hospital standards. No maskne here. Thanks for newsletter though as all med info is valuable.

Bill Tessore - November 4, 2020

In your latest message about mask wearing, you make several very good points on keeping a mask as sanitary and effective as possible. but there is one issue missing. in her training as a medical assistant, my daughter has pointed out a mask should be removed and replaced every two hours with a fresh and sanitary mask. this prevents one’s own bacteria from infecting one’s own lungs Through re-breathing exhaled bacteria from a mask worn too long. so, for an eight hour shift, maximum protection would Require a worker carry at least four (4) or more masks to work. shalom.

Myra Dees - November 4, 2020

Masks DO NOT protect. They do more harm than good. It has already been verified that masks cause more sickness. I never have worn a mask and I never will. I’m not a “sheep”.

Lorraine - November 4, 2020

Thank you for the information you provided in this article. It’s so timely and helpful. I read all your emails but thought this was so considerate and very helpful. Thanks for taking your time to routinely provide and share information. It is much appreciated.

Patricia Reynolds - November 4, 2020

If you are wearing a mask thinking your are protecting anyone, you have been deceived and need to do some serious research. Even the CDC has admitted that 85% of the people who get sick are wearing a mask. Guess what, they are infecting themselves. The mask is a control tactic and you have fallen for it. Perhaps you should change your name from Patriot Health Alliance to Sheeple Health Alliance.

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