Before the pandemic, life wasn’t like this. The virus has changed the world and impacted the
daily lives of people. From businesses, jobs to daily routines, the world has seen a major shift.
Healthcare experts have been recommending face masks to slow the spread of coronavirus that
has affected millions of people worldwide since it started in late 2019. The facemask is
recommended to wear in offices, public places, restaurants, etc. Many countries have imposed
heavy fines on citizens if they fail to comply with SOPs.
Here are a few tips that will help you take care of your skin while wearing a face mask.
Choose the Right Mask
Face masks cover your skin and create a closed environment. While it doesn’t pose any
concern if you’re wearing it for a short duration, prolonged use may accumulate excessively
moisture on the skin under the face mask, and that may lead to irritation on the skin, cheeks, and
If you’ve sensitive skin, wear a mask made of the right fabric, such as cotton. Cotton masks
work better than N95 masks that are so tight and put excessive pressure on the skin. If you
aren’t a healthcare worker, you don’t need to wear an N95 respirator.
The mask should fit properly to cover your nose and mouth but not tight enough to stretch your
ears and cause skin irritation behind the ears.
Follow a Good Skincare Routine
As you’re wearing a mask, you need to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. For it, adopt a
good face masks skincare routine, so your skin stays fresh and glowing.
Cleanse your skin twice a day, in the morning and evening. To cleanse your skin, use a pH-
balanced, good quality cleanser to swiftly remove dirt, oil, makeup, microbes, etc. You may feel
an excessive urge to cleanse your skin very often since we all are extra conscious during this
pandemic, but that may lead to dryness and cause itching and redness.
After cleansing, don’t rub your face. Instead, pat your face with a towel to dry your skin. Then
you can use a moisturizer to hydrate your skin. Additionally, if you feel irritated on your skin, you
can opt for a cream with anti-inflammatory properties. And if your skin breaks, you can use zinc
oxide containing cream, oil, lotions, etc.
Take Little Breaks
Wearing masks can be challenging for your skin. If you’ve to wear it for long, like for the whole
day, take small breaks and remove your masks for 10-15 minutes to refresh your skin. While
doing so, make sure you’re somewhere outside, away from people, at home, or in your car, so
you don’t risk yourself to the virus.
It is especially beneficial for you if you’re a healthcare worker, as not only will it save your skin
but allow you to breathe fresh air. But yet again, do it when you’re at a distance from people
Wash Your Cloth Mask
Washing your cloth mask will keep it clean, and your mask will get rid of dead skin cells, smell,
and bacteria. Make sure to follow washing protocols as stated on your mask and always wash
your mask in warm water unless the instructions say otherwise.
It is better to use a hypoallergenic, fragrance-free detergent so you won’t have to smell the
detergent’s fragrance continuously. If, after washing, your face mask doesn’t properly cover
your skin because of a change in shape, you may want to discard it.
Avoid or Wear Less Makeup
Underneath the mask, if you wear makeup, it is more likely to block your pore and cause
irritation. Please avoid makeup while wearing a mask, but if you want to, wear breathable
makeup that doesn’t clog your skin and block skin pores.
The Bottom Line
Wearing a face mask these days is necessary to protect yourself and others from the deadly
virus. Meanwhile, you shouldn’t ignore your skincare either. Add these tips that we just
discussed in your face mask skincare routine so you can keep your skin healthy and hydrated.