The premiere of the “twenties” will go down in history for an aesthetic linked to masks and altered skin. According to a study by Allergan, 40% of Spaniards suffer or have suffered facial irritations from the constant use of this new accessory. The lack of oxygenation, sweat and friction in the areas of highest pressure lead to the appearance of redness, dryness, dermatitis, rosacea and acne. And the latter is so frequent that in the US they have coined a term, from the union of the words mask + acne, the mask, which has become a trending topic on some social networks.
The maskné (mascné in Spain) is produced mainly if we use the same mask day after day, since a conducive microenvironment is created for bacteria to thrive, favoring the appearance of blackheads, comedones and internal pimples. And although no one has (yet) the “survival manual” of the skin, changing the mask often and washing it regularly with a detergent effective against bacteria (free of fragrances or irritants) and with a care routine that goes straight to the grain, can be kept at bay.
From Garnier they warn that drying pimples will only make them worse. They recommend keeping the skin hydrated, with a light and non-comedogenic moisturizer, and if you have very sensitive skin, anti-erythema and anti-irritation. They do not advise overexfoliating the face thinking that this will eliminate irregularities sooner, since it is important to keep the natural barrier function intact. Instead, we can go for a mild acid to help clear congested areas.
According to Ylé Cosmétics, home appliances with blue LED They are especially effective in fighting acne because this light has a high purity that acts less than 25 millimeters deep under the skin, right in the area where more bacteria and dead cells accumulate. “In addition to having an anti-inflammatory and bactericidal effect, it refines the pores and visibly improves skin texture”, explains Araceli Hermelo. Regarding makeup, Martha Dias, CEO of Caupe Brasil, advises reducing its use while using the mask as it clogs the pores and favors the production of sebum.
With thermal water
As for the rest of evils caused by the continuous mist in the covered area of the face, thermal water vaporizers (soothes and regenerates the skin) or ionized (its negative ions trap bacteria, impurities and polluting particles and expel them) are good allies in these moments of drowning. To avoid irritations and ulcers that occur with friction, Dr. Ricardo Ruiz, director of the International Dermatological Clinic, advises that we apply pure petroleum jelly in the area of friction to act as a barrier, and the dermatologist Paloma Borregón prefers, for convenience, the protective bars from the abrasions of the shoes (be careful, this gesture is not recommended if you have acne).
If, despite the precautions, dermatitis appears, Dr. Ruiz recommends a cream with a mild cortisone (Adventán, Lexxema, Elocom, Diprogenta, etc.) for 2 or 3 nights in a row. We continue with the bad news? The stress caused by this virus it causes an increase in the production of cortisol and adrenaline, and this generates an increase in skin inflammation and a decrease in collagen repair, which translates into more wrinkles and sagging. And anxiety also causes the melanin hormone to be activated as an antioxidant defense mechanism, producing, to top it off, blemishes on the skin. As Sting says in the song “Message In A Bottle”, our skin is “sending out an SOS” (asking for an SOS).