Mask-Related Skin Conditions – Dry Skin/Rashes

Here at Mahoney Dermatology Specialists, we take the safety of our patients and our staff seriously! We are wearing PPE with all patients, and all of our staff are practicing social distancing and wearing surgical masks or respirators. This has proven to be a very effective way of preventing the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, sometimes mask-wearing can lead to skin problems!

Dry Skin/Rashes:

Wearing a mask, especially for prolonged periods, can lead to dry or peeling skin, itching, chapped lips, and even seborrheic or atopic dermatitis. Dr. Mahoney and his team recommend the use of a gentle soap-free cleanser such as Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, La Roche Posay Toleriane Foaming or Gentle Cleanser, or Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Gel.

Immediately following gentle cleansing of the face, topical moisturizer should be applied (this may also be done before and after wearing a mask!) Good moisturizers may contain dimethicone, which offers a protective barrier. Other effective ingredients include ceramides, hyaluronic acid, glycerin. Niacinamide is an excellent anti-inflammatory ingredient. Gels can be helpful for oily or acne-prone skin, while dry skin may respond better to creams or lotions. Examples of good facial moisturizers include CeraVe PM lotion, Neutrogena Hydro Boost water gel, Avene Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream, or Olay Regenerist Deep Hydration Regenerating Cream Moisturizer.