woman wearing face maskFacial skin can become irritated when wearing a mask for long hours, no matter if it is a medical grade mask or just a mask crafted out of a bandana or scarf. Any of these protective coverings can leave skin irritated and dry.

A non-aggressive, hydrating and soothing skincare regimen can help!

MORNING/BEFORE WEARING A MASK

Step One: Cleanse

 The face mask should be worn on clean skin. Use a gentle product that will not disrupt the skin barrier such as:

  • White dove 
  • CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser
  • Neutrogena ultra gentle daily cleanser

Do NOT use any medicated, deodorant or perfumed soaps

Step Two: Moisturize and Protect

Use a moisturizer to help restore and maintain the skin barrier like:

  • Moisturel lotion
  • DML facial lotion
  • Neutogena Moisture (for the face)
  • Elta Gold
  • Vanicream
  • Cerave Moisturizing cream

PLUS, apply sunscreen to the areas NOT covered by the mask

EVENING/AFTER REMOVING THE MASK

Step One: Cleanse

You need to remove all the dirt, sweat and oil accumulated throughout the day. Use gentle products (see above).

Step Two: Moisturize and Soothe

Skin should be moisturized with a topical noncomedogenic (won’t cause acne) emollient to help comfort, soothe and to temporarily protect and relieve chapped skin (see above).

EHF: 5/4/20