How to Soothe and Prevent Skin Irritation in the Age of Face Masks

Skin prone to itchiness, irritation and eczema — or perhaps over-the-top oiliness at the best of times? 

Chances are that wearing a facemask for more than a few hours can likely cause your skin to flare up — if not just the thought of it. 

Not to worry, there’s still plenty of steps you can take to keep your skin soothed while your facemask keeps you safe.  Whether you struggle with ultra-oily, eczema-prone or simply sensitive skin, our team have handpicked the best tips, tricks and products to keep flare ups at bay as we march into this new era of everyday mask wearing here in New Zealand.

Cleanse, but don’t over do it!

It can be tempting to cleanse your skin more often than usual when you’ve been wearing a facemask all day — or even for a few hours here and there.  The build up of moisture, the feelings of stickiness, and the irritation from the friction caused by your mask can all add up and leave you—quite literally—itching to wash your face. 

It’s important you don’t over-cleanse.  Sure, you’ll wash away some bacteria, but you’ll also wash away too much of your skin’s precious, natural restorative oils while you’re at it. 

Instead, stick to cleansing once at the end of the day, as normal, but consider cleansing your skin earlier than you usually would to minimise the bacteria build up.  As always, a gentle, natural cleanser works best for this, try our BioSkin Face Wash.

Don’t skimp on the moisturising

When you’ve got oily skin, it’s tempting to skimp on the moisturiser — especially when you notice more congestion after wearing a facemask all day, and especially when you’re producing more sebum in these balmy New Zealand spring days! 

The same can be said for people with eczema flare ups, dryness and skin irritations: we get it, it’s tempting to leave your skin alone, use the bare minimum products, and sidestep your moisturisers out of fear it might aggravate your skin. 

The Bioskin Zeoderm Skin Repair Moisturiser is your best, moisturising, friend if you have dry to severely dry skin.  It’s made with plenty of natural ingredients like Jojoba and Linseed oils to restore your skin’s strength.  Ps, it also works great to restore your hands after washing and sanitising your hands!

A spritz of freshness

Spritzing = the easiest and quickest way to feel fresh, and stay on top of soothing your skin.  Especially here in New Zealand with our rather humid weather all year. 

We recommend a spritz of the BioSkin Derma Spray Intensive to keep you feeling fresh during the day.  Better yet, you can get a mini 100ml spray to keep in the car, your handbag, or even your pocket. 

If you’re particularly prone to breakouts, acne and whiteheads — the Antiac Activ Liquid Spray is your best friend.  It too comes in pocket rocket sized products:  the standard 100ml, plus the pocket-friendly 50ml. 

Both sprays are designed to keep bacteria at bay (gently) with ingredients rich in antioxidants, omegas, and ones with soothing properties. 

Spritzing these sprays under your mask 3-4 times a day is recommended.  Not only will it keep your skin feeling fresh, but the frequent sprays of active ingredients will soothe your skin as the day goes on! 

Hit the spot — literally

Are acne-looking breakouts and red, raw pimples part of your maskne experience?  You're not alone:  it’s super common for skin, especially those already prone, to find themselves with acne around the cheeks, chin and nose. 

A spot treatment like the Antiac Activ Gel Serum will be your best friend.  Simply pop it on those pesky pimples, and repeat the application daily until they fade away. 

Don’t forget behind the ears! 

It’s not just the cheeks, chin, nose and mouth area that can get irritated when wearing your masks.  Behind the ears also happens to be a hotspot for irritated skin! 

So when the straps of your mask chafe a bit too much — reach for our sister product Rosalique Miracle Formula.  Massage a bit just behind your ears, and let it soak in and start soothing. 

Or for something a little more heavy duty in the moisturising department, we suggest the BioSkin Zeoderm Skin Repair Moisturiser.  Just like the name suggests, it’s packed with minerals, vitamins and omegas to nourish damaged skin and restore it to its former glory! 

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