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Covid-19 blues: The side effects of wearing masks

June 23, 2020



It’s been almost 6 months since COVID-19 took the world by storm. Since then, it has drastically impacted many aspects of our daily lives. Be it a quick errand or a grocery run, wearing protective masks is the ‘new normal’ now. 

While this is necessary as we all learn to live with Covid-19, prolonged use of protective masks can lead to some undesired side effects for your skin. 


(Wearing masks is part of our daily wardrobe now.)

Here are some common side effects and how you can care for your skin better and be stress-free!

1) Acne (Maskne) & Rashes

Yes, “Maskne” is a thing now.  Maskne combines the words “mask” and “acne” and is a phenomenon where your face breaks out in acne from the prolonged usage of protective masks. Friction is generated from the mask when it rubs against your face, irritating the skin barrier. Furthermore, wearing masks leads to an increased amount of humidity and bacteria trapped inside your skin. This eventually leads to sudden breakouts in the face.


(Sudden breakouts in your face can be stressful.
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2) Development of Chronic Dermatitis

Dermatitis refers to a form of skin inflammation that is common in sensitive skin. The constant vapour, sweat, saliva and moisture that is stuck between the mask and skin leads to an alteration of the skin’s pH, resulting in bacterial overgrowth. This irritates the skin and causes rashes, redness and scaling near the nose area. Long term consequences like scarring of the skin around the face may occur.



3) Skin Wrinkles

Wearing masks throughout the day can result in excessive drying, which causes new patterns of skin wrinkles and further exacerbates existing skin conditions. 


(Wrinkles are no one’s best friend.
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4) Change in skin complexion

Other side effects such as dry skin and rashes together with the repetitive friction may cause temporary pigment change. 

5) Clogged Pores

Clogged pores are a very common side effect of wearing masks, especially for those who wear makeup. The mask tends to put extra pressure on the face and traps excess oil and dead skin cells, hence clogging the pores. 


Quick tips to reduce side effects

You’ve seen how wearing protective masks can wreak havoc on your skin. Whether its a reusable cloth mask or a disposal surgical masks, it is crucial for you to take sufficient self-care steps to ensure the well-being of your skin in the long run.


These simple guidelines are quick and easy to follow:

1) Hydrate yourself by drinking a lot of water as this helps to avoid acne and your skin from drying out. 


(Hydration is key.)


2) Wash your face regularly with a gentle, pH-balanced cleanser before and after putting on your mask. Opt for a disposable face mask instead of a reusable cloth one if you have sensitive skin. 


3) Try to avoid makeup whenever possible. Makeup favourites such as foundation and concealer can easily clog your pores and lead to an increased sebum production under the mask. 


(Being bare-faced is a challenge for many, but trust us, it’s for the best when you’re using protective masks!)


4) Replenish your face with a moisturizer before bed every night. This helps to reduce the friction and chaffing caused by the mask. 


While some of us may not have experienced skin irritations from mask usage yet, prevention is always better than cure! It’s time to change up your skincare routine to make sure your skin’s needs are met.

ClearSK has a wide range of medical-grade skincare products that can help minimise the effects of wearing a face mask. 


1. Skin Firming & Hydration Serum 

Make sure your skin stays healthy with this premium-grade serum that you can apply in the morning and night. The serum’s derived from snail secretion filtrate, blend of proteins, 7 fermented botanical extracts, plant stem cell culture and peptides that smooth out wrinkles, repair skin, increase skin elasticity and firmness. The Snail Secretion filtrate is also known to have antibacterial properties!



(Say goodbye to wrinkles from prolonged use of protective masks!)


2. Aqua Radiance Mask

Dry skin from masking up all day? Say no more! Regain your radiance with this luxurious mask that’s suitable for all skin types. Formulated with aloe and citrus fruit extracts, the Aqua radiance mask improves skin complexion and increases hydration levels to make your skin soft and supple. 


(What’s a skincare routine without a good hydrating mask?)


3. Anti-Bacteria Acne Clearing Plasma 

A lot of bacteria is trapped under your skin due to the use of protective masks. Here's where the Antibacterial acne clearing plasma comes handy! The plasma sterilizes the skin and kills the bacteria which causes various skin problems. Furthermore, it also makes clean and transparent skin by facilitating the emission of melanin in dermis and epidermis.


(Be in awe of the results from this plasma treatment!)


4. Acne control homecare 

Have a sudden breakout? The acne control homecare is just what you need! This set features the spotless acne treatment and acne control cream and is suitable for acne-prone and oily skin. The treatment clears mild to severe acne and also improves overall skin quality. The acne control cream also contains hyaluronic acid for added hydration. 

(The acne control homecare solves your acne troubles while at the comfort of your home!)


5. Aqua acne peel

If you are looking to achieve clearer skin, the aqua acne peel might be just what you're looking for! The aqua peel provides non-invasive exfoliation to painlessly cleanse, exfoliate, extract and hydrate the skin. The peel is highly recommended for people who are looking for an all-in-one solution to their skin concerns, such as acne or brown acne marks, clogged pores and congestion and uneven skin tones.


(Get ready for flawless skin with the aqua peel!)

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