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These tips keep your skin looking its best even when wearing masks every day.

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“It can be tough to keep your skin healthy while wearing a mask. Masks can cause several types of skin problems to flare including: friction rashes, acne, rosacea, and even, although uncommon, a true allergic reaction. Heat, humidity, microbial growth, and friction are all factors that contribute.
Following these tips will help you keep your skin healthy under the mask!”

-Jessica LeBlanc, MD, Dermatology

Wearing a mask can be hard on your skin. This video provides 7 tips that help prevent skin problems when wearing a mask, including:

  1. Comfortable fabric. Choose a mask made from a soft, breathable fabric like cotton.
  2. Find a good fit. Your mask can irritate your skin if it’s too tight or slides around.
  3. Wash after wear. Cloth masks should be washed after each use.
  4. Keep your face clean. Use a mild cleanser appropriate for your skin type.
  5. Moisturize. Masks can dry out your skin so apply lotion daily.
  6. Limit makeup. Wearing makeup under a mask can clog pores and lead to breakouts.
  7. Pick the right products. Masks can increase skin sensitivity, causing some products to irritate skin.

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Date Last Reviewed: July 21, 2020

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