A new enemy after the pandemic. "Maskstress"

The use of the mask during the pandemic created a microenvironment in our faces. Where humidity, CO2 levels and the number of bacteria and microorganisms from the mouth and respiratory system are concentrated.

And the problem is that when all these together, skin problems are created due to the irritation it causes. It will be common to see after a long use of the facial mask, a slight inflammation, redness, itching and of course, the annoying “maskne”. The conditions created by the facial mask get worse because when we get home, we go from a humid and warm environment, to a dry one when removing it. This creates that the dermis is abruptly altered by changes in the environment in which it is being exposed, and it goes crazy trying to regularize its internal hydration. What triggers an excessive production of sebum, or also to excessive dryness, irritation or redness.

Active ingredients that are aggressive, inadequate hygiene and the scientific nature of the facial mask material are perfect allies to create a hostile environment in your dermis and create maskne and now “maskstress”. These two conditions can appear on any type of skin, with sensitive skin being the most exposed and affected. Which means that now more than other times, we must be more careful and dedicated to the care of our skin. Avoid at all costs soaps and lotions for daily facial cleansing that are astringent or that dry out your skin. These are aggressive and alter the skin’s pH.

Take a good look at the ingredients that your products contain, which are non-comedogenic and occlusive. Do not use acids that are very strong like pure retinol without first having a prescription or analysis from a professional. Neither are very strong depigmenting agents because they create sensitivity to skin tissue. It is likely that you will be forced to change certain products that you used before the pandemic and the use of the face mask.

Choose creams that are best for you and gentle on your skin. The ingredients that you should look for the most in this new normal are the following:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Lactic acid
  • Glycerin
  • Propanediol
  • Saccharide isomerate
  • Sodium PCA
  • Sorbitol
  • Urea

In any case it is important that if a problem has been created in your skin that you did not have before, it will be necessary to go with a dermatologist for an evaluation. No one better than a specialist can help you solve the problem. As I mentioned earlier, your daily cleaning routine may need to be changed, but trust me, it will be worth it.


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