How to avoid Face Skin Infection due to Mask?

By Dr. Satyasheel Singh Asthana

Wearing a face mask is a crucial strategy to prevent not only coronavirus infection but also other communicable diseases. Wearing mask properly is an effectiveness way to stop the spread.

Because masks are necessary, we must do everything we can to alleviate fears about wearing them. Wearing a mask can sometimes trigger or worsen – acne, rashes, and other skin problems on the face for certain people.

Who is more prone to develop skin issues as a result of using a face mask?

  • Allergies to mask material (especially synthetic)
  • Already having skin infections in face
  • Sweaty skin
  • Wearing same mask again and again
  • Using other people mask
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How to avoid it?

  • Use natural fibre cloth mask if you are allergic to synthetic materials
  • Avoid washing mask with strongly scented detergents and softeners
  • Change mask if your mask become wet by sweat. Continuing using them increase risk of local fungal or bacterial inflections.
  • After removing mask, gently clean your face. Light moisturizer can be used if you have dry skin.
  • Clean your mask after using them.
  • Avoid use of anti bacterial and anti fungal creams on face unless prescribed. Unnecessary using these harm your natural skin flora.
  • Make sure your mask is comfortable to wear. Wearing loose mask or tight mask is an invitation for skin trouble.
  • Consult your Doctor before using any medication on your face. Self medication can be more harmful than the disease alone.

How to clean your mask?

  • Mask can be cleaned using washing machine using appropriate setting according to material of mask.
  • It can also be cleaned by hands using soap or laundry detergent.
  • Rinse properly to remove detergent.
  • Drying washed mask properly is essential. Best way is to keep it in direct sunlight or you can also use the dryers.

Sources: CDC; MOHFW


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