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How To Avoid Skin Irritation From Face Masks

It’s no secret that face masks help to slow the spread of coronavirus. In conjunction with social distancing, face masks can prevent asymptomatic carriers from infecting at-risk people, according to Mayo Clinic and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). How long will people have to wear these face masks though? Some health experts suggest that people should wear them for the next year and a half.

While face masks can help keep you and others around you safe, the increased friction, heat, and humidity can cause irritation. According to Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, fabric that rubs against the skin is a recipe for irritation. People who have to keep face masks on for full workdays are most susceptible to skin irritation, especially if they have underlying skin conditions like rosacea, acne, or dermatitis.

Why Does Skin Irritation Occur?

Cloth face masks have the potential to harbor bacteria and fungi, which is why they need to be washed routinely. Masks constantly rub the skin, and this friction can lead to breakouts or rashes. The sweat, oil, and trapped breath under the mask create a moist environment, which is a recipe for irritation. Additionally, wearing makeup and other lotions can also increase the risk of irritation. To properly clean masks, throw them in the washing machine or hand-wash them with hot water and soap. After the masks dry, health experts recommend ironing them to provide an extra layer of defense against germs.

People are stuck in a bit of a catch-22. Wearing the masks helps protect them from coronavirus infection, but it also increases skin irritation. Not wearing the masks helps the skin breathe and be healthy, but increases the risk of viral transmission. In order to avoid breakouts or irritation, employ the following tips when wearing protective face coverings.

Consider The Fabric:

Whether you opt for a bandana, homemade mask (click here for instructions), surgical mask, or a piece of flannel, the fabric you choose can affect the skin. Dermatologists recommend that people should avoid synthetic materials at all costs. It is more beneficial to stick with 100% cotton fabric. Also, keep in mind that breathable fabrics are less efficient at filtering air, so create multiple layers with cotton fabric to protect yourself.

Keep The Skin Clean:

If you wash your masks regularly, you should also wash your face. Less is more when it comes to keeping the face cleansed. Harsh exfoliators, strong soaps, and certain toners can irritate the skin. Instead, calm the skin and provide nourishment by using a gentle soap followed by a healthy moisturizer. Finally, skip the foundation and concealer during this time because the increased humidity under the mask can clog the pores and lead to more breakouts. Allow your skin to breathe under the mask as much as possible.

Wash Your Face Before You Put On The Mask:

The added pressure on your pores can increase the risk of folliculitis, which is a condition that occurs when hair follicles become infected or inflamed. The common result is red or pus-filled bumps around the hair follicle. Always wash your face before you put on the face mask, so that you start out with a clean environment. This rule applies for people who wear them all day. If you are a man, leave a small amount of stubble to reduce the risk of ingrown hairs.

Use Moisturizer To Create A Skin Barrier:

If you want to decrease the amount of friction between your face and the mask, dermatologists advise that people apply moisturizer before you put the mask on. The friction causes the top layer of your skin to release water, which dries it out. You may not notice it at first, but you’ll eventually see dry or cracked skin that can result in redness. Opt for an oil-free moisturizer and apply it once every two hours to dampen the skin. Non-comedogenic products are also beneficial because they don’t clog pores. Since your hands can also dry out as a result of frequent hand washing, you may want to read this article to help keep your hands moisturized.

Finally, we have to reiterate that you should launder your masks on a regular basis.

Sources:

https://www.bcm.edu/news/skin-and-hair/avoid-face-irritation-acne-while-wearing-mask
https://www.glamour.com/story/skin-irritation-from-wearing-face-mask
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-to-prevent-skin-irritation-covid-19-face-masks_l_5eb9b69cc5b61f60ffd9c30f
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/13/rash-irritation-downsides-face-masks-how-to-protect-skin-according-to-doctors.html

2020-05-20T08:57:22-07:00

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    A:

    SKIN PROBLEMS ARE UNDERLYING BLOOD PROBLEMS. CLEANSE YOUR BLOOD, GIVE YOUR BODY NUTRITION. STEAM YOUR FACE. KEEP CLAYING YOUR FACE. IMPROVE UPON YOUR DIET GO ALL RAW FOODS OR VEGAN DIET). A GOOD ARTICLE TO READ IS â€SKIN RASH†ON OUR SITE UNDER ARTICLES.

  • Q: Will the oz oil work on scar tissue lesions (raised skin) on the face. Do you have any suggestions for hair loss around the temples? Do you have products for hair loss?

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    Yes, the Oxy-Oil will work on raised lesions due to scar tissue.

    For hair loss, check out our Hair & Scalp Oil, as well as the Hair, Skin, & Nails Formula.

  • Q: I am a fair-skinned African American and I was wondering what are your recommendations for skin care? I don’t wear makeup or anything; I am just interested in finding a cleansing, moisturizing regimen for daily use. All the products I have seen are SO expensive and or full of toxins. I don’t have any skin problems such as acne. I noticed you have several soaps but I was unsure as to which are best for my face. Finally, is there really a need to wear sunscreen? Is there such a thing as "safe" sunscreen?

    A:

    SOUNDS LIKE YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN OUR ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL MANUAL E-BOOK WHICH HAS A LISTING OF HEALTHY/ALTERNATIVE PRODUCTS INCLUDING SKIN CARE PRODUCTS. IT'S AVAILABLE FROM THE ON-LINE STORE ($10). THE NUBAIN HERITAGE SOAPS WE SELL ARE GOOD BUT I ACTUALLY RECOMMEND KISS MY FACE BRANDS FOR SKIN CARE PURPOSES. THERE IS REALLY NO NEED TO WEAR SUNSCREEN. SUNSCREEN IS PROMOTED BECAUSE IT WAS INVENTED AND SO IT MUST SELL, SO A THEORY THAT THE SUN WAS DAMAGING TO THE SKIN WAS CREATED AND SUNSCREEN BEGAN TO SELL.

  • Q: With my first child I had toxemia. This resulted in my skin becoming severely discolored. My face, neck, feet, legs, and overall complexion became darker and uneven. How can I get back to my regular skin tone? Also, which Detox system would you suggest I use while nursing?

    A:

    That's easy! DETOX! DETOX! DETOX! I recommend you perform the FULL BODY DETOX after nursing, not while nursing; however, you can do mild detoxing while nursing (via herbal teas i.e DETOX TEA).

  • Q: For 2 days my face has been itching alot, I have oily skin, but I don't feel that's my problem. Any help?

    A:

    Your body is speaking to you! You need to FACE up to something in your life on a deeper level. You may also need to cleanse your blood as all skin problems denote toxic blood problems.

  • Q: Are there any herbs or remedies for Skin moles? My family has them on there face, neck, arm, and legs. Can you pull them off? Some people say if you do that, you will bleed for hours. Is this true?

    A:

    YOU CAN HEAL FROM MOLES! CONSIDER THE Following: the following is a healing account of a mole by my good and dear friend Paris Chatman. This is my story and how I healed my face of my mole. I developed a small growth in 1997 on the left side of my face. Over the years it slowly increased in size and until recently it reached 0.25 inches. I had been on and off a healthy diet for over ten years. I could not ever commit to 100% good health, which I felt deep down, was the root cause of why my pathologies either remained or kept returning. Once this mole reached 0.25 inches I knew that it was time to really make a committed choice regarding my eating habits. I was convinced that it was my eating habits and thinking life style that contributed to the growth of this mole. It was only getting bigger which really concerned me. I took one final measurement and made the intent to eat an organic vegan diet, which would be mostly raw (not exclusively). I then purchased several bottles of BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC FORMULA and the HAIR SKIN NAILS FORMULA. I knew that my skin pathologies were a result of toxic blood and the toxic blood was a result of a toxic diet. So just having made the intent alone caused a change in my body chemistry. I do not have the medical explanations for what happened. All I can say is the day after I measured my mole and made the committed intent to live a healthy mental & physical lifestyle, the mole began to crack at one of the edges. This was just the next day. Then I realized that my body & mind are incredibly powerful...more than I ever realized. I thought that if I took the herbs that I purchased then I would help my body on the inside cleanses the blood and the end result would be a beautiful healed complexion. I took 5 capsules of the BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC FORMULA and 3 capsules of the HAIR SKIN NAILS FORMULA daily. Then I broke open 5 capsules of the HAIR SKIN NAILS FORMULA and put the herbs in a small dish and mixed it with distilled water (about three tablespoons). I then put this mixture in the base of my facial steamer. I bought this facial steamer from savon's for only $20.00 many years ago and this was the best use I got out of it ever! I put a towel over my head and allowed the steamer to infuse the herb mixture into my skin/mole directly. Once I was done, I lightly patted my face dry and applied a paste I concocted with OZ OIL and the HAIR SKIN NAILS FORMULA. To make the paste, I broke open another 5 capsules of the HAIR SKIN NAILS FORMULA and put the powder in a small dish and added 1/2 teaspoon of the OZ OIL...just enough to create a paste. I applied the paste directly on the mole. I felt a sensation in the mole area, which went away after a few minutes. The next morning I washed my face using a chemical free, fragrance free, soap and once I patted my face dry, I noticed the mole had begun to crack more around the edges and the edges that cracked the day before had turned black and hardened. I gently touched the hard black area and it came off as if it were a scab that healed and underneath was healed skin. I kept doing my routine and I am not kidding in three weeks the mole had broken off bit by bit and was gone and my skin was healed completely. I look in the mirror each day and am amazed that a mole that frustrated me for nearly ten years was gone in just three weeks once I made the intention and commitment. This process was repeated as follows: Herbs (BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC FORMULA & HAIR SKIN NAILS FORMULA) were taken daily each morning with distilled water Facial steaming with the herbs: twice a week (I chose a Sat and Sun because I worked during the week and had little time) The herb paste was put on the mole every night. Each morning or whenever the mole looked ready, I touched any hardened black areas so they could fall off. I ate a 98% raw vegan diet, drank distilled water. I have a very light brown circle on the area were the mole used to be. This is fading each time my skin does its normally shedding process. This is what happened to me. I have been and still is 100% committed to a healthy vegan (mostly raw) diet and healthy thinking lifestyle. I listen to my body now. I can only speak for me. I am sincerely blessed and am happy for the opportunity to share my story.

  • Q: I would like to know if any of your supplements would help me with these brown blotches on my face, I have had them since the birth of our daughter 8 yrs ago, I have olive colored skin and skin bleaches don't even touch them. Also I have a fibroid tumor in my uterus that is from too many hormones. I saw that you carry a product for the fibroid tumors; I just need to know how long? or how many bottles? Would I need to buy in order to get rid of it?

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    DON'T LOOK TO A PRODUCT TO SOLVE YOUR PROBLEM, ONLY TO HELP YOU. HEALING IS WHOLISTIC AND YOU MUST TAKE WHOLISTIC MEASURES TO HEAL. YOU MUST CHANGE YOUR DIET, LIFESTYLE, ATTITUDE, THOUGHT PROCESS, ETC. DETOXIFYING THE BODY IS THE KEY! PERFORM THE FULL BODY DETOX FOR 3-WEEKS. START HERE. KNOW THAT ANY SKIN DISEASE IS A BLOOD DISEASE, SO CONCENTRATE ON CLEANSING YOUR BLOOD (EVEN AFTER DETOXING). I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY BOTTLES YOU WILL NEED TO GET RID OF YOUR PROBLEM (NATURE DOESN'T WORK LIKE THIS), JUST KEEP PERFORMING THE CLEANSE AND MONITORING YOUR PROGRESS. DETOX AS MUCH AS YOU CAN TOLERATE (PERHAPS EVERY 2 MONTHS). INCORPORATE HERBS INTO YOUR DIET AFTER YOU FINISH DETOXING (I.E. BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC FORMULA , VITAMIN C, ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD). PLEASE READ AS MANY OF OUR FREE ARTICLES AS POSSIBLE

  • Q: I have very oily face with blackheads and large pores. What can I do to clean my face. I'm 60 years old and a vegan. I also have hepatitis c. Can you help me? Other than that, I'm in good health. No weight problems or anything else.

    A:

    Start steaming your face. Buy an economical steamer (c. $30-$40). Use bentonite, Moroccan Red Clay, or French green clay on your face once a week. Oil your face with OZ OIL. Use natural soap, i.e. Kiss My Face. For hepatitis C, that's easy! Simply detox with the FULL BODY DETOX. There is plenty of help for you!

  • Q: I had a allergic reaction to iodine iv for a ct scan my face swelled up and closed my eyes shut now I have a horrible rash and bumps over my once smooth skin - what to do for this rash and for focal fibroid in wall of uterus and cysts on ovaries?

    A:

    Inorganic (Un-natural) iodine is a poison like inorganic sulfur and that's why you skin broke out. I suggest you immediately perform the FULL BODY DETOX and use OZ OIL on the skin externally. For fibroid tumors, the answer is here: â€FIBROID TUMORSâ€

  • Q: I'm wondering if the Oxy Oil will help me get rid of the hyper pigmentation on my face. I have tried facials and use hydroquinone (2%) on a daily basis plus I use sunscreen. I have tried different skin lighteners, and also went the other way and tried to darken the lighter areas by getting a suntan on the lighter areas of my face! What do you suggest?

    A:

    The Oxy-Oil can help tone the skin and may be beneficial to you.

  • Q: During my phone consultation, I inquired about shaving creams other than the magic shave that I had been using for years. I tried the Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap as well as the Alba shaving cream. I have tried them both, and I use the hydrogen peroxide after I shave. But after a couple of days of smooth butter skin, my face becomes slightly irritated and small bumps form around the area where a goatee would grow. I know that I have some skin issues as of late, but don't know what. I even put a good amount of the OZ OIL on my face after I use the hydrogen peroxide. Should I not expect any constant smooth shaves until I go through the FULL BODY DETOX (FBD)?

    A:

    Whether you know it not but you answered your own question and correctly so. Yes, give the FULL BODY DETOX a try!

  • Q: I was diagnosed with Sebhorric Dermatitis about a year ago and everything the dermatologist has prescribed has not made any impact on my condition. I have broken out with bumps all over my face (mainly) and a few areas of my arms and chest and sometimes they itching is really bad. I am currently taking an antibiotic (Doryx), using a face wash (Ovace Plus), using a face gel (Ziana), shampoo (Loprox) and an ointment for my scalp (Betamethasone). She also prescribed a pill for itching when needed (Attarax), which doesn't really help. Can you suggest an herb or one of your products that will cure my condition? Please help!!

    A:

    1. Detox (see FULL BODY DETOX) 2. Change your diet (during detox and after) 3. Use bentonite clay 2-3 days per week (available at health food stores) 4. Apply Oz Oil: daily 5. Use Kiss My Face soap on your skin NOTE: I am doing an article on this subject! Hang in there! For natural hair and skin care products: order our ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL I greatly recommend it!

  • Q: I am only guessing but it seems like I have been experiencing color discolorations and excessive dryness in my face when hair grows on my face or when I drink liquor it is almost like a reaction. What could this be? I just ordered the BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC FORMULA should that help? If not what could I use for this skin problem?

    A:

    CLEARLY YOUR BODY IS TELLING YOU TO STOP DRINKING LIQUOR BY MANIFESTING SYMPTOMS. I SUGGEST YOU PERFORM THE FULL BODY DETOX FIRST AND TAKE THE BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC FORMULA AS A DAILY MAINTENANCE REGIMEN.

  • Q: I start the detox should I keep using this skin lightener that I?m using for the dark spot on my face? Could you please tell me through e-mail because I don?t have a telephone?

    A:

    I would not advise using any chemical(s) during the detox. What you put on your skin is consumed via your skin and into your blood.

    You'd be wise to leave the dark spot alone. It is conveying an inner (emotional/spiritual) message and you are trying to avoid it by covering it up. There's a dark spot in your life you are not FACING which is why the dark spot is on your face.

    If you want more details on this subject and your real issues in life, order and schedule a consultation via Dherbs.Com!

  • Q: My sons is only 2 months old, and his face is very dry and flaky. I keep his face moisturized with either shea, or cocoa butter, but it keeps drying out. I was told he has baby acne, which is when during birthing stages, my hormone passed to him, causing acne. What do you recommend from your product line?

    A:

    Please read our articles entitled "Eczema", and "Skin Disorder = Blood Disorder" in our articles section. Diet-wise, please order and read our "Alternative Diet and Lifestyle" manual, and start feeding the child a vegan diet. Avoid all acidic foods which irritate his skin.

    Articles:
    Eczema
    Skin Disorder = Blood Disorder

    Product Links:
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  • Q: I would like to know if that was you on the Al Sharpton show, Monday morning. The show is called “keeping it realâ€. My second question is, do you have any products that would help melasma. So many black women and men suffer with this [facial] hyperpigmentation. The only product that I know that really helps is hydroquinone that many women use today to lighten [bleach] their skin tones. I do not want to use it for that purpose; I have a beautiful skin tone. I just need to lighten the pigmentation that has changed my complexion. The darken colorations make me look older than what I am. I see a lot us blacks with this problem. It is unfortunate that the only product that seems to alleviate the problem is not safe. By the way, I do use sunscreen, only on my face; I allow the rest of my skin to get some sun for its great vitamin D benefits. Thanks

    A:

    Work on cleansing your blood, as the skin manifests the condition of the blood. Try our Blood & Lymphatic Formula.

  • Q: I am having really bad dry skin problems. My scalp is very dry and I can pull huge chucks of skin out of my hair. My fore head is peeling and around my nose area is peeled off and has left me with red raw skin around my nose. I wanted to know what should I do to help solve my dry skin problem?

    A:

    Wewould suggest you perform our Full Body Detox. Also, purchase the Full Body Cleanse Companion booklet and perform some of the soaks mentioned in there. The best soak is to soak in 2-3 boxes of sea salt and 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide for about an hour per day. After getting out of the tub, rub our Oxy-Oil over your entire body to help the skin breathe.

  • Q: When I use the OZ OIL my outer skin is very soft and subtle. However deep down in the skin I feel very itchy. I have been assuming this is the effect of the oil doing its job. After a few weeks I got the feeling that I should try to loofa off the top layers of skin so the under skin could rejuvenate its self. I suppose I am writing because I want to check to make sure that the deep itching truly is a positive healing process before I purchase another bottle. Also to prompt you for any other ideas you might have to help my condition. It is purely beauty based btw I don't have any skin illness.

    A:

    The itching is a natural side effect that a healing crisis is taking place. Keep using the Oxy Oil at your discretion.

  • Q: I would like to know what herbs you advise I should take for: healthy skin/even skin tone, hair growth and weight loss. I am pregnant at the moment but I would like to use herbs in approx 10 weeks. I am from England, I'm A 25 year old black woman who is beginning to take my health seriously! what foods do you advise I take out of my diet?

    A:

    Please read our "PRE-NATAL HEALTH" article for the answers you desire! This is a common inquiry for us so we created an article on the subject matter.

  • Q: What does it mean when your skin on your penis has discoloration in a spot not like bruise but the skin turns lighter, it itches sometimes but it does not seems like a rash or infection it doesn't really bother me I just notice it was dry and my skin was peeling what do you think?

    A:

    It could be from a little inflammation due to stroking while the vagina is dry. It's a sign the penis needs a rest to heal.