Whether your skin is dry, oily or somewhere in between, wearing a face mask has likely had an impact on your skin. Some of the most common skin concerns caused by masks are:
Damaged Skin Barrier
Continuous friction and pressure from your face mask can cause irritation especially in areas like the top of the nose, chin and cheeks. This constant rubbing, along with the other stresses of wearing a
mask, can damage the skin barrier, making it more susceptible to other forms of irritation.
Clogged & Enlarged Pores
The warm environment within the mask can cause pores to enlarge, especially on the nose, cheeks and chin. When dirt or oil is trapped under the mask, these pores can also become clogged or blocked,
causing them to look even more enlarged. Clogged pores can lead to other skin concerns like blackheads, whiteheads and breakouts.
Dry & Dehydrated Skin
The unique micro-climate underneath a mask can cause skin’s natural moisture to evaporate. When this occurs, skin can feel extra dry and may even become cracked or uncomfortable in patches underneath the
mask. Dehydrated skin may even produce excess oil which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
As skin is irritated by heat, humidity and lack of ventilation, it can look and feel uncomfortable. Friction from the areas where the mask has direct contact to the skin can also result in visible redness
Keeping skin balanced and moisturized is an effective way to help prevent dull skin related to decreased moisture. Apply a moisturizer morning and night and add a hydrating serum to help plump and smooth
dry or dehydrated skin. Drinking plenty of water is also important to help boost your body’s overall hydration levels.