It is possible to protect your skin against the “mascne” caused by COVID-19 masks!

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Added On: 20 August 2021, Friday, 20:22
Last Edited On: 23 August 2021, Monday, 08:12

It is possible to protect your skin against the “mascne” caused by COVID-19 masks!

While masks protect us from the virus during the pandemic process, they also cause many skin problems. Acne called “mascne” caused by the use of masks in hot and humid weather is one of these problems.

With the entry and spread of COVID-19 in our lives, wearing a protective face mask has become a part of our daily routine to avoid being affected by the pandemic. While masks protect us from the virus, they can also cause skin problems, especially in hot weather. The use of masks in hot and humid weather brings with it many problems on the skin due to acne, sweating, irritation and high humidity. It is possible to prevent these problems with a few preventive measures.

Stating that the use of masks should not be abandoned to protect against COVID-19 despite the difficulties they cause, Near East University Vocational School Head of Hair Care and Beauty Services Department Assist. Prof. Dr. Yeşim Üstün Aksoy gave important tips to avoid the negative effects of masks.

It is possible to protect your skin against the “mascne” caused by COVID-19 masks!

Recommendations to avoid mask-related skin problems
Making a warning that make-up creates a layer on the closed and moist skin surface while wearing a mask, Assist. Prof. Dr. Yeşim Üstün Aksoy emphasized that this situation leads to the formation of acne by causing clogging of the pores. Assist. Prof. Dr. Aksoy said, “Especially in hot weather, with increased sweating, masks can cause skin disorders such as acne, rosacea (rosacea), eczema (seborrheic dermatitis) by trapping sweat on the skin.” Assist. Prof. Dr. Aksoy adds that the use of double masks increases the mask problem by strengthening the moist and airless environment on the skin.

Stating that daily skincare and the use of sunscreen cream and moisturizer are among the leading measures to be taken against mask-related skin problems, Assist. Prof. Dr. Yeşim Üstün Aksoy recommends using colored sunscreens instead of concealers such as foundation or powder.

Reminding that the masks used due to the pandemic do not protect from the sun, Assist. Prof. Dr. Aksoy emphasized that sunscreen cream should be applied while going out in the sun during the pandemic process, and a mask should be worn approximately one hour after applying the cream as cream needs to be absorbed by the skin.

What should your daily skincare routine be like in summer?
Giving small and simple suggestions to protect our sun-affected skin, especially in the summer months, Assist. Prof. Dr. Yeşim Üstün Aksoy said, “Our skin should be washed every evening with a suitable cleansing gel and then moistened with a moisturizing cream. When we get up in the morning, we should wash our face with clear water and apply our sunscreen cream.

Stating that spot and laser treatments should be avoided during the summer months, Assist. Prof. Dr. Aksoy said that the peeling effect of spot treatments on the skin leaves the skin vulnerable to the sun, and this can make it even easier to damage the skin.