The stage of lockdown, that Spanish society has faced for several weeks, there may be billed our health. Just as our minds could be affected by the confinement, the body as well, but not only due to the lack of movement.
Many citizens have experienced problems in the largest organ of humans, the skin, which may be one of the worst affected in this quarantine. Acne, dermatitis and other injuries related to covid-19 are some of the reasons that have led the Spanish dermatologist the most.
But, although we can now move relatively normally, our skin can continue to suffer, specifically that of our face. He use of the mask, which has become an essential complement in our day to day, can cause acne, rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis or atopic dermatitis.
"All these processes can be exacerbated, that is, they can break out, due to friction and sustained occlusion of the mask ", explains the dermatologist Pedro Rodriguez to El Confidencial.
The specialist of the International Dermatological Clinic points out that, with more frenquency, may eczema or dermatitis appear (They are synonyms) in areas of sustained pressure, “manifesting as redness and itching, but depending on the person. For example, in people with an acne tendency, pimples will break out very easily. ”
How to avoid it
When these dermatological processes appear, Rodríguez points out that "they are treated the same as usual" and recommends consulting a specialist to establish a individualized early treatment.
Likewise, in the event that these problems appear due to the continued use of the mask, the dermatologist suggests “as much as possible, minimize the time we use it"
In addition we must have be careful with chafing to make the mask in the contact area: "We should try not to rub ourselves with it on to avoid dermatitis."
He mask type It can also be a condition for problems to appear on the face. According to the dermatologist, they can cause more problems “when they are tighter or if they are made of materials that perspire less. A greater protection (FFP3 or FFP2) occlude more than a hygienic or cloth mask ”.
Hydration and hygiene
Although as a general rule we should pay special attention to the hydration of our face, "the mask will not dry your face, in any case the other way around. It provides a wetter environment so we may need less hydration. "
Similarly, Rodríguez points out that cleaning the face is "very important" when we remove it or after using it for many hours at the end of the day "to remove sweat and sebum itself of our own body that has accumulated. "