While a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 is on the horizon, it is
important for every individual to continue practicing safety measures.
A face mask is one of the best ways to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
But if you’ve noticed that it also can also cause skin irritation
and breakouts, you’re not alone. Caring for your mask goes a long
way toward caring for your skin. Read our best tips for both below.
Skin Care Tips
-Choose a natural fiber mask like cotton or bamboo. Natural fibers are more breathable and reduce the
risk of irritation.
-Be sure your mask is clean. If disposable, use a fresh one as often as possible. If reusable, be
sure to wash between uses.
-Wash your face with a gentle cleanser before putting on your mask to reduce oils and dirt that may be trapped below.
-Using an oil-free makeup primer can create a barrier between your mask and your skin. It helps reduce
friction and lessen irritation in sensitive areas.
-Wash your face again after taking your mask off and be sure to promptly wash your hands.
-Don’t forget sunblock to avoid tan or burn marks in areas that your mask doesn’t cover.
-Wash your reusable masks with a non-scented laundry detergent to reduce the risk of irritation on your face.
Mask Care Tips
-Only use clean masks. If you are using disposable masks, throw away after each use. If you’re
wearing a cloth mask, be sure to launder after each use using a non-scented
-Try to not touch your mask while wearing and wait until you are home to take your mask off.
-Wash your hands before taking off your face mask and only touch the ear loops.
-If your mask has filters, remove and throw away between uses.
-Put your mask directly into the wash or laundry hamper.
-If your mask is reusable, launder in hot water and dry on a high setting.
-Store your mask in a clean place.
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