As we enter what some called as ‘new normal’ phase, wearing masks when going out has become a routine.

No matter if you are wearing a fabric face mask or medical mask when in the public, you probably notice that your face mask may have caused some side effects on your skin.

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The mask tends to tight and it can rub against your skin and create friction and irritation. Not to mention sweat, oil, dirt, and also makeup that build under the mask. All these can lead to rashes on your skin, or worse, acne breakouts. Especially in the area where the mask fabric comes in contact with your skin.

The trapped breathing under the fabric also creates a moist environment that makes your chance to get skin irritation higher.

But since wearing a mask is a way to protect yourself and others from the virus, you can keep your skin protected too! Here are 5 tips to avoid skin irritation from wearing a face mask too often.

1. Cleanse your face before and after wearing a mask

Don’t forget to cleanse your face before going out and wear a mask, then do the same when you are home. This will prevent oil blockage as well as wash off all the dirt on your face.

2. Use a gentle facial cleanser

Protect your skin by using a gentle facial cleanser that works on almost all types of skin; including sensitive and oily skin. A harsh and strong cleanser can disrupt the outer layer of your skin and make your skin dry. This condition will likely make you more susceptible to breakouts and irritation.

3. Avoid using makeup for some time

Let’s be honest, no one is really paying attention to your makeup now. The mask will likely remove your makeup too as it rubs against your skin. The makeup too can cause further occlusion of pores and oil glands that will make your breakouts worse.

If you can, let’s avoid using makeup for some time and let your skin breathe. But don’t ditch your skincare routine!

4. Check the fabric of your mask

If you are making your own cloth face mask, please consider using something soft, natural, and breathable fabrics, like cotton as the fabric. It will help you to filter the air. Avoid using synthetic materials that will make it harder to breathe and don’t absorb moisture.

5. Use a barrier cream

If you have sensitive or dry skin, it is recommended for you to use a barrier cream to relieve tension and friction on your skin after wearing a face mask.

If your skin condition starts getting worse even after doing all these tips, go to Okadoc.com or download our mobile app, and choose your preferred method of meeting your Dermatologist.