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How can I keep my skin healthy and clear when wearing a mask?

GEHA | September 16, 2021

COVID-19 Health and wellness
Written by: Amy Priest, RN

Amy Priest is a Registered Nurse and Certified Case Manager with a combined 20 years’ experience of bedside nursing, home health nursing and case management. Amy has been with GEHA since 2010 and is currently a level III nurse consultant on the population health team supporting member outreach initiatives.

A) Wearing a mask may cause skin problems such as dryness, irritation and acne breakouts. Dermatologists recommend following a gentle skin care routine including cleansing and moisturizing your face daily.

Chapped lips are also a common problem as a result of face masks. You can protect your lips by applying petroleum jelly after washing your face, before putting your mask on and before going to sleep.

Wearing the right mask may help reduce skin problems. Face masks should offer a snug but comfortable fit. Avoid irritating fabrics that may cause breakouts such as nylon, polyester and rayon. Follow the washing instructions on your cloth masks to ensure germs and other particles are removed.