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How do face masks affect your skin?

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Since the arrival of lockdown back in March, face masks have unfortunately become a summer staple and it looks like they’re here to stay. But what effect do they have on your skin, and what can you do to ensure your complexion stays clear?

We really can’t thank face masks enough for their protection over the last few months. Now mandatory on public transport and recommended in shops and other public areas, it’s likely that many of us will be wearing them for much longer in order to shield ourselves from Covid-19.

It must be said though, while they do a fantastic job at protecting your lungs, they fall short at keeping your complexion clear and irritation-free. Since lockdown, pictures have swarmed the media of healthcare workers dealing with painful skin issues caused by the medical grade masks they’ve been wearing for hours on end. While cloth face masks will cause nowhere near the levels of discomfort experienced by frontline workers, wearing any form of mask has still been known to aggravate pre-existing skin conditions − and create new ones.

Since the arrival of lockdown back in March, face masks have unfortunately become a summer staple and it looks like they’re here to stay. But what effect do they have on your skin, and what can you do to ensure your complexion stays clear? 

We really can’t thank face masks enough for their protection over the last few months. Now mandatory on public transport and recommended in shops and other public areas, it’s likely that many of us will be wearing them for much longer in order to shield ourselves from Covid-19.

It must be said though, while they do a fantastic job at protecting your lungs, they fall short at keeping your complexion clear and irritation-free. Since lockdown, pictures have swarmed the media of healthcare workers dealing with painful skin issues caused by the medical grade masks they’ve been wearing for hours on end. While cloth face masks will cause nowhere near the levels of discomfort experienced by frontline workers, wearing any form of mask has still been known to aggravate pre-existing skin conditions − and create new ones.

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But how exactly can face masks cause skin problems?

Before we look at the remedies, let’s take a look at what’s happening behind the mask. The accumulation of moisture, sweat and bacteria from your mouth and nose, combined with the lack of air circulation, is a recipe for disaster for your skin, quickly leading to clogged pores, acne breakouts and blackheads.

Then there’s skin irritation. Wearing anything against your skin for a prolonged period of time is bound to cause discomfort, and face masks have been known to cause itching, redness and dryness, particularly on people who already suffer from sensitive skin or conditions such as Rosacea.

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So what can you do to keep these issues at bay?

A good skincare routine is paramount. Make sure you wash your face thoroughly before and after wearing a mask, and apply a light moisturiser underneath. If you usually use anti-ageing lotions or serums as part of your daytime routine, use them at night instead; this is not the time to be slathering on products that exfoliate or dry out your skin.

We’d also recommend avoiding putting make-up on the lower part of your face, particularly foundations and concealers with heavy formulations.

In terms of the masks themselves, your best bet is to only wear fresh, clean paper coverings, although cloth masks are also fine if they’re washed every day. To avoid irritation, make sure the mask you use isn’t too tight against your skin, and take it off whenever feasibly possible to give your skin some fresh air.

Treatments we’d recommend

If the damage has already been done, there’s an array of medical skincare products and cosmetic treatments that we offer here at Arch Aesthetics which promise to get your skincare routine back on track.

Here are just a few of our most popular cosmetic treatments for battling the dryness, irritation and acne caused by face coverings:

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Chemical peels

Ideal if you’ve been suffering from acne or irritated skin, chemical peels use mild acids which interact with your skin and cause it to peel, reducing the appearance of acne scars, as well as fine lines and pigmentation.

Chemical peeling may not sound pretty, but the process is not as intense as the name suggests. You can choose between light, medium and deep peels, depending on how dramatic you want to results to be. Remember though, chemical peels can make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure, so avoid spending too much time in the sun until your skin has finished peeling − and don’t forget to wear a high factor sunscreen.

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Profhilo

If you’re suffering from dry, dehydrated skin as a result of wearing a face mask, Profhilo is your new best friend.

A relatively new needle on the block, Profhilo is an injectable made from hyaluronic acid, a super-hydrating substance that nourishes and plumps your skin from the inside out. 

It’s essentially a magnet for moisture, and works its magic by spreading beneath the skin for a period of around 28 days. This slow and steady release of hyaluronic acid stimulates your skin’s production of collagen and elastin, firming up sagging areas and giving your skin a luminous glow.

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Mesotherapy

Mesotherapy is another treatment to consider if the skin underneath your mask is drier than usual. The process involves a series of small injections containing vitamins, minerals and amino acids into the middle layer of the skin – also known as the ‘mesodermal’ layer – which combine to nourish your skin and stimulate its production of collagen and elastin. 

By gently pricking your skin, mesotherapy boosts your blood circulation, giving dehydrated, dull and tired-looking skin a radiant and healthy glow. It’s also known to minimise acne scars and pigmentation, and tighten sagging skin, truly making it the holy grail of non-surgical cosmetic treatments.

Arch Aesthetics is a Save Face accredited practitioner that offers an array of safe and high-quality cosmetic treatments, including chemical peels, Profhilo and mesotherapy. For more information about our treatments or to book a consultation, click here.

2020-07-07T20:41:59+01:00