5 ways to keep your skin healthy under a face mask
Thursday, 10 September · 2 min read

Wearing a face mask helps to slow the spread of coronavirus. But wearing one can irritate your skin — especially if you have to wear it for several hours at a time.

If your skin has become dry, spotty, sore or irritated by your face mask, there are things you can do to help prevent this from happening.

Try to:

  1. Cleanse and moisturise your face twice a day — this will help keep your skin clean and hydrated. Avoid washing it more than this, as it can dry out your skin.
  2. Take regular breaks from wearing your mask — to prevent moisture from building up inside your mask and give your skin a chance to recover. Step outside or away from others to do this safely and experts recommend taking a break every 2 to 4 hours if you can.
  3. Avoid wearing make-up under your mask — it can clog your pores and irritate your skin. If you want to wear make-up, apply oil-free products or ones that are less likely to block your pores (non-comedogenic products).
  4. Make sure your mask fits — if your mask doesn't fit properly, it’s more likely to rub against and irritate your skin. Pick a mask that fits securely, but is comfortable.
  5. Wear a mask made from natural fabrics — if you have acne-prone skin, choose a mask made from a natural fabric like cotton that allows your skin to breathe.

You should also drink plenty of water during the day as this will help to keep your skin hydrated.

Quote of the day

When all of us wear masks, we protect each other.

Cameron R. Wolfe, infectious disease specialist

Quick Quiz
True or false: Wearing a face mask means you don’t have to worry about social distancing