Take care of your skin in times of social distancing and face masks Take care of your skin in times of social distancing and face masks

The frequent use of face masks has also provoked an increase in some conditions like dermatitis caused by contact, allergies, or dryness, especially for those who suffer from conditions like seborrheic dermatitis.

According to Clínica CES dermatologist Maria Fernanda Corrales, it is important to clean reusable face masks frequently, after each use, and keep disposable face masks on hand. Those with sensitive skin should choose protective devices that are made of cotton rather than elastic threads, or face masks made of conventional surgical material.

People who are at home, working remotely and complying with social distancing measures, should keep to their routines, especially their moisturizing, cleaning, and sunscreen routines because they are oftentimes working near windows. Specialist Corrales recommends cleaning your skin in the morning and at night using a white, unscented soap.

The Mayo Clinic website adds that it is best to use moisturizers on sensitive skin, which can even mask imperfections. It is important to know your skin type because that will define which type of cream or lotion to use. Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day is key and should be reapplied every two hours if you have done any physical activity. You can choose cosmetic products with this SPF already included. If you need to use a topical medication, apply it before your moisturizer, sunscreen, or cosmetic products.

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