Face masks and having Eczema

During this pandemic, the World Health Organisation has said that when we go into shops and travelling on public transport we should wear face masks also known as face coverings unless you’re exempt.

Do you have eczema and are you wearing a face mask?

Have you noticed a difference in your skin around the nose and mouth area?

Have you experienced any flare-ups and what were they?

Has your skincare regime changed?

When I first began wearing face masks I used the disposable ones, I experienced dryness around the area which was covered up by the face masks. Despite my great efforts, changing my face mask on a daily basis this continued, I noticed a rash which later turned into an irritation. 

The irritation also appeared on other parts of the face. It was extremely uncomfortable and for quite some time I felt low and frustrated. Before using the masks my face (skin) was at a place which I was happy and comfortable with.

What helped me

  • I cleansed my face more, using a natural cleanser with aloe Vera and I also moisturised the area 30 minutes so that it would lock in moisture and form a barrier.
  • I now wear cotton reusable face masks which helps. My next goal is to start making my own using organic cotton.
  • I also cleanse my face after removing my face mask with lukewarm water to remove any build-up of dirt and grease. I follow this with my Lavender Body Butter Lotion which is available from my Icylda Skincare range.

If you’re thinking of making your own reusable face mask it’s a good idea as you’re helping the environment, since the disposable masks are not biodegradable and end up in landfill sites.

Not only that you can find and use materials (organic cotton) that are more gentle for your skin, more comfortable and more sustainable.

People with eczema can be more prone to flare-ups using these disposable face masks as well as they’re often made from synthetic materials. An adhesive is used when making disposable masks, which is an irritant and a possible trigger for flare-ups, for those with facial eczema, eczema and skin conditions. 

I found that the areas that are most affected are around the mouth and nose and with the constant heat and sweating can play havoc on the skin.

Tips on making a face mask for those with eczema:

  • If you’re thinking of making your own face masks, it’s good to use organic cotton or cotton material that has not been bleached. 
  • The inside of the material being cotton will be breathable which is less likely to cause irritation. 
  • Try using cloth ear loops as these are less likely to cause irritation (behind the ears and to the skin) than using elastic ones.

What do you need to do with your face mask?

  • Wash the face mask every after every use if you’ve made a couple of them this makes it easier. This way you will not have to wait for it to be washed before using it as you’ll have other ones to use. Wash using hot water and a gentle detergent suitable for your skin.

I made this post in light of #eczemaawarenessmonth so that those who have eczema will be able to use these blog posts to help soothe and bring relief to their eczema.

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Written and posted by Amanda Roberts, the Founder of Icylda Skincare on 6th October 2020.

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