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Face Mask On, Face Mask Off

You're sick of it. I'm sick of it. But neither of us wants to get sick. Taking care of your skin while COVID is still running around like crazy is more important now than ever. Scroll to see how you can take care of yourself while taking care of others.

Masks play a vital role in reducing the spread of the coronavirus. Masks can also be hard on your skin, causing problems that range from acne and peeling skin to rashes and itchiness. To help prevent skin problems from developing under your mask, board-certified dermatologists recommend these nine tips.

1. Cleanse and moisturize your face daily. Gentle skin care can prevent skin problems. When washing your face, use a mild, fragrance-free cleanser and follow these steps, Face washing 101. Dry skin is a common face mask skin problem. Applying moisturizer adds a protective layer that can reduce dryness. You want to apply moisturizer immediately after washing your face. To get the most benefit from a moisturizer, board-certified dermatologist Carrie L. Kovarik, MD, FAAD, recommends using a moisturizer with one of the following ingredients:

  • Ceramides

  • Hyaluronic acid

  • Dimethicone (which can also create a barrier that helps reduce irritated skin)

You can prevent breakouts from your moisturizer by using a moisturizer formulated for your skin type. When selecting moisturizer, follow this guide:

  • Oily skin (or when weather is hot, humid): Gel moisturizer

  • Normal or combination skin: Lotion

  • Dry to very dry skin: Cream

If you have acne or tend to break out, you can still use a gel moisturizer.

2. Protect your lips by applying petroleum jelly. Dry skin and chapped lips are common face mask skin problems. You can prevent chapped lips by applying petroleum jelly to your lips:

  • After washing your face

  • Before you put on your mask

  • Before bed

To prevent breakouts, take care to apply the petroleum jelly only to your lips.

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