With the rapid and continued spread of the Omicron variant, it is important
for every individual to continue practicing safety measures to minimize
risk of contracting COVID-19. A face mask is one of the best ways to help
stop the spread. 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
Skin Care Tips
-Be sure your mask is clean. If disposable, use a fresh one as often as possible. If reusable, be
sure to wash between uses.
-If using a cloth mask, opt for natural fibers. Cloth masks do not provide as much protection against the new, more contagious
variants, so be sure yours includes an approriate filter.
-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 remove the filter and launder after each
use using a non-scented laundry detergent.
-Remove and throw away filters between uses.
-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.
-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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