For some, moisture and vapor along with nasal and oral secretions are now trapped by the mask. As a result, this becomes irritating and can upset the natural balance of the skin around the mouth. This is a common complaint for most people seeking treatment for perioral dematitis and presents as rashes, redness, irritation and scaling. Often times these symptoms are accompanied by tiny pimples or papules too.
The majority of the public experience the effects as facial redness along the mask's border. A lot of times thes areas are very raw and tender to the touch. The usual go-to topical treatments and regular skincare routines can actually sting upon application due to the disruption/injury to the skin's barrier and further stimulates the present inflammation within the nerves.
Six Considerations for "Maskne" Care
- Cleanse with a gentle, soothing cleanser.
- Tone with a calming or a moisturizing toner.
- Apply Aquaphor or Vaseline to compromised skin.
- Use an anti-oxidant/peptide serum to help protect the skin, and avoid using on areas of trauma as it will be too stimulating.
- Pat on a creamy moisturizer.
- Finish with sun protection.
Whenever you find yourself in need of skin care guidance, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call & leave a message (703 598 5418). I'll be in-touch to lend a hand. We also have the option to "meet" virtually. Professional products suitable for all skin types/skin conditions and skin dealing with all types of acne are available for pick-up and shipping.