Tips For Protecting Your Face From Mask Irritation
Have you heard the term “Maskne”? Who would have thought we would need a new way to describe the acne and skin irritation caused by masks? Unfortunately, this is a real problem for some people. Here are a few tips to help soothe and protect your skin from mask irritation.
Keep it clean.
Always start with a clean mask. Make sure to wash it in a laundry detergent that is hypoallergenic using the sanitize setting on your washer. If possible, get an organic soft cotton or linen mask that fits comfortably so you aren’t fiddling with it— You definitely don’t want to be touching your mask or face a lot.
A ’lil extra love.
Teas aren’t just for drinking
Still need to calm irritated skin? Make your own “toner” to apply once or twice a day before you moisturize. You can do this by steeping organic herbs… just like you would if you were making a cup of tea. Let the steeped herbs cool completely and gently pat the liquid onto your skin using a soft cotton ball or cloth. The more irritated your skin is, the gentler you should be. (Again, make sure you are cautious trying anything new on your skin and never use any herb or product you might be allergic to.) Keep any remaining liquid in the refrigerator and discard if unused after 24 hours. Here are Dr. B’s favorite herbs to use on skin:
- Chamomile tea for irritation
- Calendula tea for healing
- Rose petals to calm
- White and green teas to protect and soothe