While the CDC has recommended that everyone wear face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19, many of us have experienced the annoying skin side effect also known as maskne. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it. Read on for tips on how to minimize and prevent irritation and inflammation, so that you can maintain healthy-looking skin behind the mask.
- Always start with a fresh, clean mask
It may seem obvious, but masks really do need to be washed after each use, just as you would wash any intimate-wear that sits close to your body. Wash your mask with gentle, nonirritating soap after each use and dry it in the dryer. (A splash of white vinegar can add antibacterial, antiviral, and anti fungal properties to the wash, too). Store your fresh masks in a bag to keep them clean, and stock up — if you own several masks, you won’t have to worry about remembering to wash them every day.
Choose the right material
Smooth fabric will reduce friction that can chafe and irritate the face. Tightly woven, natural fiber cloths (like 100% cotton or bamboo) make for soft and lightweight masks that allow both you and your skin to breathe.
- Make sure it fits
Choose a mask that fits well so you don’t need to adjust it frequently, which can create unnecessary friction (and unnecessary face-touching). Look for features like adjustable ear loops and bendable nose bridge for a snug, comfortable fit that you can set and forget.
- Look for anti-microbial technology
Anti-bacterial and anti-microbial treatments like Silvadur™ inhibit the growth of bacteria on masks and help keep your mask odorless and fresh, even after hours of use.
- Know yourself
If you hate doing laundry or you know you’re just not going to get around to it as often as you’d like, go with disposable masks. Blue Bear Blue single-use masks provide superior 3-ply protection and easy, disposable convenience.