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How to Deal with your Skin getting Irritated with Face Masks

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During this funny time with wearing Face Masks at work and at the super market we are finding ourselves and also our clients are getting breakouts and irritated skin, so here is a couple of tips we have come up with to combat this.

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 favorites are Ocosmedics Gentle Antioxidant Cleanser or our Dermapen Cleanser to avoid stripping the skin.

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. We recommend our Ocosmedics Corrective cleanser or our CLR Foam Dermapen Cleanser.

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!. 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.

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: Ocosmedics MEDISOOTH or our Dermapen HYLA Active. 

See your Diamond 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 Diamond Laser Medispa, we have a fabulous team of professionals to help you achieve your goals, or offer advice, and we can make referrals where necessary.

Olivia x

Posted by olivia on May 25, 2020

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