§ The skin should be cleaned twice a day – morning and evening. Both insufficient and too frequent skin cleansing can lead to damage.
§ Moisturizing face creams according to skin type should be used to keep the skin barrier healthy. They act as a shield against environmental irritants. For oily skin it is better to choose a moisturizer in the form of a gel, for normal skin – a lotion, but for dry skin – a cream.
§ Do not use skin care products that contain essential oils or other fragrances, as this will cause additional skin irritation.
§ It is important to include exfoliants or products in skin care that exfoliate old skin cells and prevent clogging of the pores: salicylic acid, glycolic acid or azeleic acid. It is better to use these products overnight.
§ Niacinamide or vitamin B3, found in various serums and creams, is recommended. It reduces inflammation and regulates the activity of the sebaceous glands.
§ Do not use make-up under the mask! Cosmetics, sweat and heat are the perfect conditions for the development of acne. It is also not recommended to use lipstick, because the heat and moisture created by the mask will get on the skin around the lips. Lipsticks mostly contain several fragrances and dyes, which will make the already irritated skin even more sensitive.
§ Wear the mask correctly! If you use a cotton mask that is intended for multiple uses, it must be washed daily at a high temperature and ironed to destroy the microorganisms in it. Remember to wash face masks without fabric softener and use odorless powder. If you use a medical mask, use it only once, not several times!
§ Never press the pumps! Pressing them creates scars.
§ If your doctor has already prescribed medication to treat acne, you should not take it in the morning, before the whole day to be spent in the mask. Otherwise it will be like an occlusive dressing and the medication will work much harder than it should.
If you are worried about the condition of your facial skin, visit your dermatologist, who will diagnose the problem and treat it accordingly!
BENU Pharmacy pharmacist Zanda Ozoliņa emphasizes that wearing face masks is very important at the moment, therefore we must not treat it lightly. When wearing a face mask, it should cover the mouth, nose and chin. It is important that the mask is the right size!
If you choose to use a fabric mask, choose a fabric that is less irritating to the skin. Non-allergenic or natural materials such as cotton or silk are recommended, but at the same time the masks must be washable at 60 degrees and ironed.
If you notice that the mask has really irritated the skin, you can use special products in the form of pencils-sticks, which reduce irritation, redness, inflammation, as well as itching. It is also recommended to use soothing, healing and protective creams or thermal water after removing the mask. However, if a rash has developed, so-called SOS pastes are recommended. Pay attention to daily cleansers – choose less desiccants.
For the general prevention of acne, brewer’s yeast, evening primrose oil and vitamins designed to improve the condition of the skin are recommended. For adult acne, more serious medications are prescribed by a doctor. It is also recommended to take extra vitamin C, as well as evaluate daily eating habits.
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