The use of masks has now become an important thing to do as a way to prevent the transmission of the Covid-19 virus. However, when it comes to wearing a mask, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are the sundries for using masks, from choosing the mask material to preventing skin irritation due to the use of masks.
The best ingredients to make your own face mask
A certified dermatologist from the United States, Erum Ilyas, explained that to make your own mask the important thing to note is its effectiveness in blocking the spread of the virus. In addition, the comfort factor of the material when used also needs to be considered.
“A study that looked at various household fabrics to block the spread of influenza, showed that cotton and polyester blends tended to be the most effective. Moreover, this material is also good for breathability,” he explained, quoted from Fox News .
Solution for skin irritation due to using a mask
Erum Ilyas explained, for 15 years of practice, he admitted that he had never experienced skin irritation due to using a mask. However, during this condition, where he uses a mask six to 10 hours per day, Erum Ilyas feels his skin has problems in the nose, cheeks, areas under the eyes and chin. This is because there is friction and pressure caused by wearing a mask.
When breathing using a mask, this can also cause moisture so that it irritates the skin around the mouth and can even trigger acne. Cleansing the skin every night and using moisturizing products can be a solution to improve skin conditions.
“If you feel your skin is irritated, use a moisturizer that rehydrates the skin and also acts as a barrier for the skin to protect it. Products containing ceramide, squalene, niacinamide, and/or hyaluronic acid can help.
Erum Ilyas recommends, before going to bed, try to use a facial moisturizer to help restore and protect the skin. Avoid using some anti-aging products for now as they can irritate the skin. Focus on skin hydration.
Keep your distance even if you wear a mask
Erum Ilyas believes that wearing masks is good for protecting yourself and others. He also reminded, wearing a face mask does not mean 100 percent effective, but close enough to 70 percent for certain ingredients.
“Despite wearing masks, social distancing is also important to increase the level of security,” he concluded.