COVID-19 Skin Problems & How to Fix ThemNov 11, 2020
The pandemic has been tough in many ways, including the development of skin issues. A new buzzword has even been created to describe mask acne … “Maskne”.
We hope you don’t have maskne, but if you do, here are some strategies that may help.
Irritated Skin From Wearing Face Masks
If you’ve been wearing a face mask, you might be experiencing some skin irritation or increased acne. Here are a few tips from The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) to help you out:
- Use moisturizers or petroleum jelly on problem areas
- Avoid using makeup on problem areas when possible
- Clean your masks frequently if they’re made of reusable cloth
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser at least once per day
- Don’t pick or touch any bump or blemishes that may appear. This typically makes them worse.
- Make an appointment with your dermatologist if you are not seeing improvement.
Dry Skin From Frequent Hand Washing
The best defense against any illness is carefully washing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Unfortunately, depending on how often you wash your hands, this can dry out your skin and make it chapped or irritated.
After washing and drying your hands, use a fragrance-free moisturizer. There are many great brands available. Aveeno, CeraVe, Cetaphil and Eucerin are just a few of the most popular among dermatologists.
If your hands are really dry, The AAD recommends using hand cream instead of a hand lotion, as it may help improve the dryness more quickly. Using Vaseline or Aquaphor will also help improve dryness quicker.
When shopping for the right moisturizer, check the details on the bottle, to be sure you buy the right product. A hand lotion typically comes in a pump bottle, while a hand cream typically comes in a squeeze bottle. Also, check out the travel section for a small bottle of moisturizing cream or lotion to keep next to your hand sanitizer in your car’s glove box or armrest.
Apply the moisturizer after sanitizing to keep the dryness away. Finally, though they smell great, when your skin is dry and irritated, stay away from products with fragrance. These can cause irritated skin to become even more irritated and are not typically as moisturizing as fragrance-free versions.
About Center for Dermatology in Lakeville, Minnesota
The dermatology professionals at the Center for Dermatology are pleased to welcome you to our practice. We provide medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology services in Lakeville, MN. We know how hectic life can be and are committed to making our practice convenient and accessible.
We want you to feel confident that when you choose the Center for Dermatology, you’re working with health care professionals who are qualified, experienced and caring. We invite you to schedule an appointment for your next skin check. We look forward to meeting you!