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Fabric or surgical mask: which one to choose to best protect your skin?

The wearing a mask is compulsory in some places, and is strongly recommended in others. De facto, it is important to follow these instructions to protect yourself and others from the Covid-19 virus. However, the skin can suffer from this new health habit.

Wearing a mask: what are the consequences for the skin?

In a previous interview on consequences of wearing a mask on the skin, Doctor Nina Roos had explained to us what the skin risked. “First, masks can irritate the skin. skin contact points. That is to say on the nose, the chin, the top of the cheeks, but also the back of the ears (the place where the elastic is located). This redness may be accompanied by tingling or itching. But that’s not all, the dermatologist also explained: “Then we can notice worsening or onset of skin problems due to occlusion and maceration caused by wearing the mask “. Because of the mask, the skin does not “don’t breathe”, perspiration is not evacuated and the pores become clogged. Result: “l‘acne and the rosacea problems, eczema or psoriasis may get worse “. But which mask to favor to avoid these inconveniences?

Fabric or surgical mask: which one to wear to protect your skin?

Doctor Gautier DOAT, medical director of Ducray, gives his opinion in an interview for the brand. For him, the mask that has more likely to cause irritation and causing skin problems is the mask says “surgical”. The reason ? The risks of allergies are greater. Indeed, surgical masks often contain polypropylene, a rubber additive. But the doctor adds: “Reactions allergic to textiles are also possible. Afnor (French Association for Standardization), which has established “general public” mask patterns, has thus warned of the use of vacuum bags and coffee filters which “are liable to release irritating substances into the inhaled air. cause a risk of allergy (especially severe asthma attacks) and / or toxicity “.
However, Gautier Doat and Nina Roos both explained that cotton was often very well supported by the skin. Cotton masks are then a good option to limit the risk of allergy and irritation, if they meet the standards of theAfnor of course. The Ducray expert also gives a little tip for pamper your skin : “Every four hours maximum, you must change your mask, and take the opportunity to breathe your face. You can also apply a little thermal water spray and then let it dry well before putting it back “.

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