Several factors can lead to skincare issues, especially during times when we are taking additional precautions to protect ourselves and those around us. Frequent handwashing, mask-wearing, and exposure to hot, dry air can all leave our skin looking (and feeling) less than perfect.
Fortunately, you don’t need to sacrifice good hygiene for skincare. We have some solutions for several common skincare challenges that can help you feel and look your best.
Relief for 3 common skin care challenges
Dry skin and acne can happen to anyone at any time in their life. Here are some ways to treat and manage contact dermatitis, maskne, and eczema.
Contact dermatitis due to hand washing
Washing your hands throughout the day is good for your health. However, it is not always good for your skin. Many people develop what’s called contact dermatitis due to constant handwashing. Symptoms can include dryness, itching, irritation, cracking, and bleeding.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you aren’t alone. However, you still need to wash your hands frequently. That’s the only way to eliminate bacteria and germs from your hands. Use lukewarm water instead of scalding hot water, and scrub your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.
When your hands are slightly damp, apply a moisturizer that includes petrolatum or mineral oil. Stay away from fragranced lotions, and talk to a doctor about getting a prescription for a high-strength moisturizer that can ease your symptoms.
The prevalence of mask-wearing has led to the phenomenon of what many refer to as “maskne,” or acne that appears in and around the area of your face that is covered by a mask. The mask area’s warmth and humidity make it a prime breeding ground for bacteria that can easily lead to clogged pores and acne.
Switch to a cotton-based mask, which is more breathable and lightweight than other materials. Also, pay attention to the skincare products you are using. Stop using serum- or oil-based products and start using products designed for sensitive skin.
If your maskne does not clear up or is impacting your ability to perform necessary tasks and activities while wearing a mask, talk to a healthcare professional. Prescription acne medication could help clear up your acne and help you feel more like yourself.
Many eczema sufferers experience flare-ups during the winter months when they spend more time indoors in spaces with low humidity. Upper respiratory infections, stress, temperature changes, irritating soaps, sweating, and a raised body temperature can all also lead to a flare-up.
Talk to a medical professional about your eczema symptoms. Several prescription eczema treatments are available that can help ease symptoms and reduce the pain, itchiness, and discomfort that come from eczema. A doctor may also make recommendations for lifestyle changes that can reduce your symptoms.
In the meantime, reduce stress by meditating or practicing yoga, dress in layers to avoid sweating or experiencing a sudden rise in body temperature, and consider getting a humidifier for your home or office.
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