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Does using a face mask harm your skin? How to choose the right mask for both you & your skin?

These are tough times, with a global covid-19 pandemic running rampant worldwide. Wearing a mask is crucial in preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus and it has become mandatory while in a public setting. And it is still unknown how long this situation will last & this has made face masks a daily necessity in all our lives. However, masks are known to cause several skin problems like rashes, irritation, acne, etc. Here are a few steps to understand these problems & to learn how to deal with them.

Your skin, while masking

Clogged Pores: Wearing a mask for long hours can cause moisture build-up in a closed space, this is further set off by inhaling & exhaling in that occlusive environment.

The excess moisture creates a perfect humid environment for bacteria to thrive, which leads to breakouts. Apart from this, it can inhibit your pores from breathing, increasing the risk of them becoming blocked and leading to breakouts on the face.

Chaffing:  Masks can also irritate & chaff through contact friction. The nasal bridge, behind the ears & the chin bridge, are the areas most affected by contact friction. It causes the skin to become raw & inflamed. Apart from this, wearing a tight mask can also cause chaffing. It can also leave skin depressions & redness.

Irritation: Wearing a mask for a long time causes a build-up of natural oils, sweat & absorption of pollutants from the outside. This can cause skin sensitivity, dryness & irritation. People with existing skin conditions like acne, rosacea, perioral dermatitis, eczema, or allergic contact dermatitis are more at risk of Inflammation and can experience more severe flare-ups.

Treating mask related skin problems

If your skin is prone to any mask-related problems, here are some tips to treat it. The first sign of mask irritation is drying & peeling of the skin. If you notice such problems, immediately apply a gentle moisturizer. Which acts as an extra barrier protecting your skin from irritation, chaffing & redness.

And for mild breakouts apply an over-the-counter ointment, it can prevent further skin damage. Also, remember to apply the ointment at night when you’re not wearing a mask for maximum benefit.

If symptoms become intolerable & the condition worsens, it is always best to approach a doctor for a detailed consultation.

What makes good masks?

Solution: All the above problems can be prevented or reduced by simply wearing the right mask. Buy a good quality mask with premium materials & fit. Preferably a KN95 mask for its better protection and its respirational functions. It reduces moisture build-up & also filters out both large and small particles when the wearer inhales thus reducing dirt absorption from the outside. Its only disadvantage is its tight fit, but it offers the most protection against the coronavirus.

A good choice would be Hi Life KN95 Multilayer protective mask, which offers the best protection in these turbulent times. No pollution, no smog & most importantly no virus, is the mask’s main motto. Its five layers offer absolute protection while being gentle on the skin. The 1st & 5th layers are the non-woven fabric that is soft & skin-friendly, hence preventing irritation & chaffing. The 2nd & 3rd layers are melt-blown filter layers & serve an anti-bacterial function. And the 4th layer filters fine particles, hence reducing dirt build-up on the skin. Apart from this, our masks are also water-resistant & reusable for up to 7 days. You can easily buy it online at our website in packs of 3 & 12. Overall, pure air in every breath with our N95 masks.

Preventing skin problems that may come up due to masks

One of the best ways to prevent mask-related skin problems is to wash your face with a gentle cleanser before putting on your mask. Next, follow it up with a gentle fragrance-free moisturizer and let it absorb into the skin for 15 minutes. Avoid heavy makeup as it can cause pores to get blocked and also soil your mask. Also, avoid petroleum-based products as they can interfere with the function of your mask. Similarly, wear chapstick, to prevent your lips from drying out.

Following all these steps put on a clean new mask before you head out. Also make sure to wear the mask properly, ensuring that you’ve covered your nose & mouth properly. And if you’re using a reusable mask, make sure to wash your mask regularly with a mild detergent and make sure it’s completely dry before you use it again. Also, don’t extend usage beyond the re-use quotient.


Many people find it difficult to wear a mask for long periods, but masking is very important; it’s a life-saving grace protecting us from the coronavirus to which many have fallen prey & lost their lives. Although masks might have a few harmful effects on our skin, the overall good outweighs the evils. So wear your mask in public and stay safe.

Choose good quality masks, our Hi-life Multi-layered protective mask is a good bet. It’s an N95 mask, offering protection against PM 2.5 particles and it’s reusable for up to 7 days. It offers protection against dust, water droplets, smog, pollution, etc. Overall, choose the best as it is related to your health & life. takipçi satın al

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