The CDC recommends wearing a face covering in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19 but what about the skin underneath?
Spring is here and outdoor temperatures are rising. My face is sweating more than normal while running errands with a mask and I have a crop of pimples on my chin as a result.
My goal is to keep my skin clear and protect myself (and those around me) so I took a look at my daily skin care routine.
I wash my face morning and night but not when I return from running errands outside (contrary to my own advice). My skin gets dry easily so I added pore therapy exfoliating toner to my routine when I remove my mask instead of a full cleanse.
I swapped my current products for a lighter SPF and day lotion, plus added a spot treatment for my chin. I continued masking on a weekly basis alternating between oil absorbing clay and a hydrating treatment option.
I incorporated a blue LED treatment three times a week to kill the bacteria. This is a good option for spot treating acne at home.
I also washed my mask. At the moment, I rely on one cloth mask with a charcoal filter left over from the California wildfires but I have 2 more on the way. The goal is to rotate 3 masks, keeping them clean on the inside and out.
How has your skin responded to wearing a mask?