Caring for Your Skin Beneath Your Face Mask

Those of us who have worked in healthcare and surgical environments are familiar with the types of irritation and outbreaks that face masks can cause. However, we know that many people are wearing masks for the first time.

That’s why we thought we’d get our heads together at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa to share some of our top tips for better skin care and to help you heal beneath your face mask.

Make Sure Your Mask Fits Properly

The pain and visible irritation from wearing a face mask are mostly caused by friction and debris. One of the simplest ways to guard yourself against the friction you experience while wearing a mask throughout your day is to make sure it fits correctly. This will help you avoid bruised, discolored, irritated skin around the bridge of the nose, sides of your mouth, and chin. There are even some handy devices you can get for yourself to make sure your mask is tight, but not too tight. These “sizers” are also great for kids who often have problems with their face masks shifting.

Stay Hydrated

One reason why you see hyaluronic acid as an ingredient in skin care products and soft- tissue fillers is because of its ability to draw in and retain moisture. HA’s hydrating effects keep the skin looking refreshed and healthy naturally. There are a million reasons to make sure you’re drinking more water throughout the day. If you experience skin irritation from wearing a face mask, consider it a physical reminder to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.

Wash Your Face at Least Twice Daily

Johns Hopkins recommends using a mild soap and water to wash your face twice daily to avoid breakouts—the consequence of wearing a face mask they’ve cleverly labeled “maskne.” They also recommend avoiding scented or antibacterial soaps when washing your face.

Seek Professional In-Office Skin Care Services

If you’ve been experiencing irritation and damage from wearing your mask, you can also consider turning to a medical spa to seek out professional skincare treatments from the experts. A good medical spa will offer a wide range of all the technology and treatments available on a per treatment basis, or as part of an entire skin rejuvenation treatment plan. These types of treatment plans are unique to you and designed to treat you conservatively. We focus on the services you actually need to regain your healthy, youthful-looking skin.

At our practice, we offer many minimally-invasive skincare treatments that require minimal downtime. We also ensure our patients get more out of the investment and time they’re putting into a skin rejuvenation by providing practical information they can use in their home care routine. Professional skincare services are a great way to quit wasting money on products that aren’t quite calibrated to your skin conditions.

Interested in a professional skin care consultation to heal from COVID-19 mask damage or to address other concerns? Please contact our team of skin care experts and board-certified plastic surgeons at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL by calling (847) 367-8815. You can also contact us for more information or general inquires through our website.