The skin and its care in times of COVID-19: how to prevent "chinstrap dermatitis"

From the moment that COVID-19 spread throughout the world, the life and daily life of all people has been modified in one way or another. We have had to adapt to new circumstances and we have had to take measures to take care of our health; one of the most widespread measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is the use of the mask or chinstrap.

Thus, the mask has become an implement for day use, present whenever we are away from home. This involves many hours of use; which in turn can have certain consequences for the skin of the complexion, which is usually delicate. Likewise, the constant use of alcohol gel can affect the hands.

Skin conditions as a result of protective measures against COVID-19

Due to constant contact or frequent rubbing of the chinstrap in some areas of the face, skin lesions: rosacea, dermatitis or acne. In the case of hands, the use of alcohol gel or constant hand washing can injure the skin; causing dermatitis or rosacea.

Dermatitis is a lesion on the skin that causes severe dryness, redness and rashes; may cause burning or itching. Rosacea is a redness caused by inflammation of the blood vessels in the affected skin area. While acne is characterized by the appearance of pimples and blackheads on the skin.

Currently, when we have had to make use of certain measures to try to avoid the spread of COVID-19, we are exposed to the Lesions on the skin, either by rubbing, contact or the use of certain hygiene products constantly.

The most common is that some of these injuries can appear on the face, as a result of the use of chinstraps and protective masks; as well as in the hands due to the constant hygiene to which we must submit them. These injuries cause discomfort and reduce the quality of life; so they are a concern today when it is not an option to stop using these implements that are our best protection against COVID-19.

How to prevent skin lesions?

While it is true that it is not an option to stop using chinstraps, masks or alcohol gel on our hands to protect ourselves from COVID-19; There are some recommendations we can follow to prevent skin lesions.

  • Prefer the use of soap and water before alcohol gel. Likewise, it is important to make a proper choice of the soap to be used; It is suggested to choose one with a balanced pH and moisturizing properties.
  • Use moisturizing cream on your hands every day.
  • Choose a chinstrap that is suitable for your skin type. It is important skin can breathe and that this implement does not produce perspiration.
  • Do your best to stay in cool environments or stay out of the sun for a long time.
  • Consult a dermatologist if the lesions persist for a long time.