Skin Blog - When Face Masks Irritate Your Skin

Posted on 12/05/2020

Skin Blog - When Face Masks Irritate Your Skin name

Whether you use a home-made face mask or a surgical face mask, skin irritation from wearing these is a common issue as we navigate ‘the new normal’.
Here are 5 skincare solutions to help:


1. Wash your skin with a gentle cleanser

Face masks can be a breeding ground for bacteria, potentially causing breakouts. Be sure to cleanse your skin thoroughly at the end of each day when you have taken your face mask off, to remove debris, pollution, sweat, unhealthy bacteria and anything else that has accumulated throughout the day on the skin. (you should be doing this anyway)!


Cleanse the skin with a fragrance-free, non-foaming cleanser such as our personal favourites Aspect Dr Mild Clean and Cosmedix Purity Solution to avoid stripping the skin.


No matter what cleanser you are using, remove with lukewarm water, not hot water, to avoid compromising the skin barrier further. Repeat this twice in the evening to be thorough and avoid any cleansing cloths and facial brushes.


For those that have oily skin and are breakout-prone, cleanse with a gentle cleanser first and then a AHA/BHA based cleanser second to address oil flow and bacteria without stripping the skin. Salicylic Acid (BHA) is antibacterial, helps with oil regulation and is mildly exfoliating which can help with any flakiness occurring with skin irritation. Avoid facial scrubs.


2. Change your face masks often and don’t touch it!

Sealed face masks become completely redundant if touched and moved multiple times. Once fixed onto the face, leave it until you are changing again to a new one.


We change our face masks often in clinic, and you should be too. Your skin will thank you for it!


3. Apply serum(s) and/ or moisturiser with skin-boosting ingredients

Constant rubbing and friction from wearing face masks all day can be very sore and compromise our skin’s all-important barrier, resulting in dryness, bruising, scrapes and/ or flaring up skin conditions such as perioral dermatitis and eczema.

Regardless of your skin type, keep on top of your product application using ingredients such as ceramides, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, aloe vera and vitamin A (if already tolerant) as they will help prevent irritation, soothe, reduce redness and hydrate the skin.


Some of our products containing some of these ingredients are: Aspect Dr Multi B, our various Vitamin A products, Cosmedix Peptide Rich Defence and Environ Skin EssentiA Range. However, as with all our products, a consultation will need to be carried out prior in order to recommend the best ‘skin-boosting’ products to you.


4. Cover irritated skin with a protective ointment or prescription topical cream

If skin has broken or you are suffering with a medical skin condition such as eczema or perioral dermatitis, an occlusive cream and/ or a prescription topical cream may be needed. Please see your medical professional, or see us in clinic, for more specific advice. Occlusive, soothing, repairing and nourishing products you could use to help in the interim are: petroleum jelly, zinc, dimethicone, lanolin, vitamin E and resveratrol, for example.


Some of The Face Place’s favourites are: Aspect Hydrate Mask, Aspect Super Moisturising Complex, Cosmedix Rescue Balm and Aspect Dr Soothing Balm.

Top tip: Pop some of your cream (not prescription topical unless advised) onto the skin before putting your mask on to avoid abrasion occurring.


5. See your skin specialist, or seek medical advice, if needed.

Please don’t suffer alone! Our skin provides a vital role in our health, wellbeing and protection. If you are noticing your skin is impaired (irritated) and/ or have any other concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional for individual advice.

At The Face Place, we have a fabulous team of professionals to help you achieve your goals, or offer advice, and we can make referrals where necessary.


Keep safe and take care!

Michelle x


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