Welcome to the new normal!
Masked faces and even face shields are the way to go, probably for the next 6 months. What does this mean to me as a full-time doctor? On average, I have to wear a 3 ply surgical mask for up to 9 hours a day， perhaps even longer when I'm on call.
Do you know that prolonged face mask use can cause skin damage? The tight fitting N95 masks tend to feel fairly suffocating to breathe in, and the edges of the mask can exert significant pressure on skin surface, causing pressure injury especially where the skin is thin and near to bony surface. Even normal surgical masks can increased humidity level and skin irritation due to trapped sweats under stressed conditions, causing acne, itchiness and rash.
What can we do to mitigate the risk?
A good skincare regime is the key. Cleansing and moisturizing are important steps to prevent skin problems. In certain cases, preventive dressings can be applied on the face to stop pressure injury from developing.
Will double cleansing help?
Double cleansing is the backbone of many popular Korean skincare regimes. At the end of the day, it is extremely vital to clear our skin off dirt, impurities, pollutants and makeup residues. Even if one doesn't wear makeup, it is still important to double cleanse as impurities can cause premature skin ageing including sun spots and wrinkles.
The first step of double cleansing involves an oil based cleanser (examples include Chrisear White Milk Cleanser) or micellar water. This removes makeup and sebum buildup without stripping the skin off natural oil.
Step 2: Use a lathering cleanser to wash upwards and outwards in the direction of the hair follicles for deep cleansing.
Step 3: Rinse with water and pat the skin dry.
Chrisear White Milk Cleanser
Chrisear White Milk Cleanser is a non-foaming cleanser with cleansing and makeup removing function suitable for all skin types. It's gentle yet effective so it can also be used around the eyes.
The main ingredients are-
Liquorice provides deep cleansing to unclog the pores so as to prevent acne from forming. It also faints skin pigmentation to achieve fairer complexion.
Isaflavonoids are potent antioxidants which rejuvenate the skin and soothe irritated skin.
It doesn't contain harsh chemicals or preservatives. Therefore, Chrisear White Milk Cleanser is suitable for expecting mothers as well.
What does Dr Yingzangel think?
Whenever possible, I double cleanse before hitting the sacks- at least 2-3 times/week. Honestly, sometimes I'm just too tired. But I'll at least use a lathering cleanser and apply moisturizer. I don't put on much makeup but eye makeups can be notoriously difficult to remove because most are waterproof. Chrisear White Milk Cleanser makes the job much easier. It's lightweight and doesn't burden the skin. At the same time, it preserves natural sebum to protect the skin. I find the light scent relaxing at the same time.
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