With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing the surge onward throughout America, it is more important than ever for all individuals to take a proactive approach to protecting themselves from the Coronavirus by wearing a facemask. Facemasks are encouraged in many social settings and even while patients shop to reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19 from another person. However, many Santa Monica, California patients who need to wear masks for their job or leisure activities are finding that they are experiencing a wide range of skin issues. At the Dermatology Institute and Skin Care Center, Dr. Paul Yamauchi offers several tips to help protect the skin while protecting yourself from COVID-19.
Tips on using a facemask
- Reduce dry skin by using an oil-free moisturizer as a protective layer to the skin and a way of hydrating
- Cleanse the skin morning and night with a gentle cleanser
- Apply petroleum jelly to the lips to avoid chapping and dryness before wearing your mask
- Avoid makeup when wearing a mask as cosmetics can clog pores and increase the risk of acne breakouts
- Avoid changing or switching skin care products during this time
- Wear the proper mask, choosing one that has a natural breathable fabric such as cotton and has a comfortable fit that is snug but not tight
- Take a mask break for 15 minutes for every four hours of mask wearing
- Wash cloth masks regularly after each use to remove oils and skin cells that may collect on the mask itself
- Continue to follow treatment plans that were created for your skin by your dermatologist
- Reduce acne by using over-the-counter or prescription strength creams and topicals as directed
Learn more about caring for you skin while wearing a mask for safety
Dermatologists encourage patients who struggle with skin problems due to facemasks to discuss their needs with a professional in the Santa Monica, California area to find a solution. Our team is dedicated to helping patients address these issues while still remaining safe by wearing masks at work or social activities to protect themselves against COVID-19. Call Dr. Paul Yamauchi and his associates at the Dermatology Institute and Skin Care Center at (310) 829-4104.