- The skin problems associated with the mask gave rise to a new term: “masquenais,” and the mask diminished and acne.
- Many types of dermatitis are exacerbated by wearing a mask.
- It is recommended to wash your face with a mild soap and apply a moisturizing cream before applying the mask, and to take “mask breaks” during the day.
The end of the obligation to wear a mask outdoors is nearing. This Sunday, Olivier Veran told BFM TV that the government is studying and studying the issue. “The French will not be required to wear a mask outside for an extra day than is necessary“As the summer comes, the vaccination campaign wins, the gradual disintegration continues and the spread of the virus continues to decline, the masks can fall off.”Obviously we won’t let the French wear a mask in the middle of the mountain […] And it has tan lines on your face,” added the Minister of Health.
– BFMTV (BFMTV) June 6, 2021
Several types of dermatitis
The first beneficiary of the fall of the mask … facial skin! After more than a year of forced wear, many problems arose, which gave rise to a new term: “Our Mask”, for shrinking masks and acne. On June 7, two British dermatologists from Kings College Hospital From London in an article in BMJ practice On dermatitis and other infections of the dermis associated with it. Designed to prevent tiny droplets from escaping, the surgical mask creates a warm, humid environment with breathing that puts pressure on our skin.
Irritant dermatitis is the most common problem after six hours. The latter usually appears behind the ears and above the nose, where the pressure exerted by the mask is greatest. People with atopic dermatitis are most affected by this condition. It is best after that to let the skin rest for a few hours. It may happen that some are prone to Atopic Dermatitis but this is rare. This occurs as a result of hypersensitivity of the skin to allergens on the surface of the surgical mask, such as formaldehyde, which is necessary to make it. To treat it, you should apply a corticosteroid ointment and do a sensitivity test to identify the allergen involved. Dermatologists report that between 1 and 3% of adults have seborrheic dermatitis, a chronic inflammation of the skin. This happens due to the hot and humid environment caused by the mask which brings out the red spots on the cheeks and chin.
Wash your face well and apply an emollient
Wearing a mask can also cause or worsen acne. In particular, it can aggravate the so-called “common” acne. This type of acne is caused by chronic irritation of hair follicles, and is characterized by particularly painful pimples. The combination of moisture and heat from the mask, as well as its friction with the skin, makes the situation worse. For sufferers, dermatologists recommend a retinoid-containing cream for less severe cases and heavy-duty treatments for more severe cases. The beard that some men wear can also be an aggravating factor.
In conclusion, dermatologists recommend some good procedures to anticipate the skin problems caused by the mask. They recommend washing your face with a gentle soap and applying a moisturizing cream before applying the mask. Placing a small piece of silicone on the nose can also reduce the effects of rubbing. In addition, it is best not to wear the same mask for more than four hours at a time. If this is not possible, it is best to take regular breaks to reduce irritation and moisture buildup around the lower part of the face. Finally, if complications persist, it is best to consult a dermatologist.