At The Doctor’s Studio we’ve outlined a few simple ways you can prevent common face mask-related skin problems.
Wearing a face mask is an important measure in helping to slow the spread of Covid-19 and safe-guard the health of our community.
Many people, particularly those with sensitive skin, are noticing some uncomfortable side-effects. These range from breakouts, inflammation and rashes, to flare-ups of conditions such as eczema and rosacea.
What Goes on Beneath the Mask?
To care for our skin properly, we need to understand what’s happening to it while we’re wearing our face masks throughout the day.
The part of our face covered by a mask is very delicate.
And while masks still allow us to breathe, they create a barrier over the skin which traps moisture in the space between your face and the fabric. This creates a hot, moist environment, allowing sweat and oil to build up, which leads to problems with congestion and excess oil production.
This, in turn, clogs pores and triggers breakouts.
Other Common Skin Issues
Wearing face masks for a prolonged period can cause skin irritations from rubbing, friction and pressure. These are made worse by sweat and heat, which makes our skin even more vulnerable to irritation.
As masks trap sweat, dirt and oil on the skin, this disrupts the skin barrier, causing inflammation. Sensitized skins, such as eczema and rosacea prone skin types, may experience flare ups. It can also cause miliaria, also known as heat rash.
So how can we temper this perfect storm brewing beneath the mask?
Materials Make a Difference
When purchasing or making a face mask, the fabric you select will make a huge difference to how your skin reacts. There are a couple of things to keep in mind when choosing a face mask:
Miss the Make-up
When wearing makeup beneath a face mask, such as a heavy foundation or concealer, it adds yet another barrier onto the skin. This makes it even harder for our skin to breathe and keep cool. You should:
Practice Good Hygiene
It’s vital to the health of your skin that you maintain good hygiene through regular cleansing. Having a daily skin routine will help remove impurities and excess oil. If you have reactive or sensitized skin, consider purchasing a gentle benign cleanser. Remember to always:
Ways to Nurture Your Skin
Face masks have become the new normal for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your skin health. We’ve put together a few ways you can take care of your skin while we’re all stuck at home, and protect it against any damage caused by wearing a face mask.
Make Time to Relax
With the stress and anxiety everyone is feeling right now, our skin has become a lot more vulnerable, both as a result of stress and the side-effects of face masks.
A nightly routine will help repair and rejuvenate your skin. It also gives you a chance to develop a calming and mindful self-care routine. Approach your skin-care regimen as a chance for you to clear your mind and focus solely on the soothing motions of caring for your skin.
Our bodies are affected by our stress levels, particularly our skin, so take the time to look after yourself, unwind and destress.
Nightly ISO Treatment
The Doctor’s Studio has put together an at-home signature treatment for our clients, specially designed to minimise the discomforts associated with wearing face masks. This nightly ISO treatment will also soothe irritation, restore moisture and maintain hydration.
Remember, the key to healthy, well-functioning skin starts with hydration!
Step 1: Gently cleanse the skin. Twice.
Apply your cleanser to dampened hands and gently cleanse the skin in circular motions. Remove with luke-warm water. (Tip: If you sing Happy Birthday to yourself, this is how long you should be cleansing for).
Step 2: Buff and Polish.
Apply a toner with a dry cotton pad and gently wipe all over your skin. This process will gently exfoliate dead skin cells, whilst soothing and restoring moisture to the skin.
Step 3: Hydrate and Repair.
Hydrate, soothe and repair the skin with a mask. By ensuring that your skin is well hydrated, you will improve the overall barrier function of your skin.
This final step of your nightly treatment will leave your skin glowing, nurtured, and moisture-restored.
Book a Virtual Consultation with our Dermal Therapist at The Doctor’s Studio
Not being able to come in for treatments with our dermal therapist doesn’t mean you can’t take steps towards improving the health of your skin. Every skin, just like everybody, is unique, and the best way to design an effective treatment is to have one tailored to your needs by an experienced professional.
When you attend a virtual consultation with our therapist, we’ll review your skin-care routine, provide you with product options and create an at-home treatment plan.
Contact us to book your consultation. And remember that during these difficult times, we’re still here for you, and for your skin.