As if COVID hasn’t wreaked enough havoc on our lives, it’s also affected our skin. I’ve talked with quite a few family members and friends about the irritations caused by wearing a mask.
I need to start off by saying, it’s only temporary. In truth, if the worse we experience during the COVID outbreak is some acne, we are the fortunate ones. However, I do understand that that doesn’t make the acne any less annoying. So I have a few suggestions to help alleviate breakouts.
- First, make sure you are regularly washing your mask if you are not using and then disposing of disposable ones. Just as I have previously suggested regarding face towels and pillowcases, it is important to regularly wash items that your face comes in contact with as they can harbor bacteria.
- Consider using a product that helps fight bacteria such as apple cider vinegar. When I’m having a breakout, I dampen a cotton ball with water and dip it in vinegar then swipe it on the affected area. (Please start off with a small, light dab as vinegar is highly acidic and might cause irritation to sensitive skin.)
- Try using a glycolic acid pad (no more than twice a week) to help fight acne and exfoliate your skin. Again, depending on the strength, acids can be strong so use with caution.
- If you are not already using a retinol product, consider adding one to your nightly routine such as Differin. Differin can help decrease the number of pimples and promote quick healing. In recent years, it’s become available over the counter and can be purchased at most drug stores.
- Lastly, continue using both cloth and skincare masks. A facial mask that contains a drying agent such as clay or sulfur helps to absorb oil and detoxify the skin.
Please stay healthy and be safe.