To overcome the transmission of the disease virus in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, masks have become a mandatory attribute that you must wear. Of course, cloth masks are recommended because, in addition to being cheaper and more efficient, cloth masks can also be used repeatedly.
Unfortunately, there are still many people who are reluctant to wear masks when traveling. They think cloth masks can make the face feel more moist and oily and have the potential to cause acne.
In fact, if you know how to wear a mask correctly and how to wash it properly, of course, acne problems will not occur. For that, consider the following tips:
How To Wear A Mask Correctly
1. Use a Sterile/Clean Cloth Mask
The fatal mistake of many people is to wear a cloth mask immediately after buying it. In fact, you should wash your cloth mask first before you wear it.
This is because we don’t know what the process of making the cloth mask is like because it could be that the cloth mask you bought has been contaminated before. Especially if you make a custom fabric mask through a fabric mask vendor.
Bacteria that are left unchecked can stick to the mask. So that when you use it, the bacteria move to your facial skin. Moreover, if your facial skin is moist and sweaty, the bacteria can trigger acne, especially for those of you with sensitive skin.
2. Wear a Cloth Mask According to Face Size
As much as possible, avoid choosing a mask because of trends or because of its attractive shape. But also make sure the cloth mask you use is able to protect your face from dust and viruses from outside.
Choose a cloth mask that fits the shape of your face so that it can cover your mouth, nose, and chin perfectly.
A mask that is not too big or small will make you more comfortable in breathing while preventing acne.
If the mask you wear is too small/narrow, your pores will be more clogged, which can cause acne and blackheads. Masks that are too loose are also not good, because dust can more easily enter them and can cause acne.
3. Wash Your Hands Before Wearing a Mask
The next correct way to wear a mask is to wash your hands. Because your unhygienic hands could have been contaminated with viruses and bacteria.
So, it’s best before using a mask to make it a habit to wash your hands first. Also, make sure the hook that is tucked into the ear is strong enough to use so that it is not loose or easily detached.
For those of you who wear a hijab, you should choose a cloth mask that has a strap to make it easier for you to adjust the tightness level.
4. Avoid Touching the Mask While in Use
This is a bad habit that you should avoid. Do not touch the mask during use to prevent bacteria on your hands from sticking to your mask. If you want to adjust the position of the mask, wash your hands first, or at least use a hand sanitizer.
Bacteria that move from your hands to your mask, apart from triggering acne, are also at risk of transmitting the virus.
5. Avoid Using Too Thick Makeup
For those of you who have outdoor activities, especially when you are required to wear a mask for a long time, then avoid using makeup that is too thick, such as foundation and concealer.
Did you know that when using masks, especially those made from fabric, your skin surface will be more easily moisturized, prone to sweating and your pores tend to react more easily to the surrounding environment such as easy blockages or even pores that open easily?
Of course, using makeup that is too thick will make your pores more easily clogged. Moreover, makeup mixed with sweat can make pimples appear if you leave it alone.
Even if you have to wear makeup, we recommend using makeup that is lightweight and able to hold oil such as loose powder, for example.
6. Change Masks Often
Although cloth masks can be repeatedly used does not mean you can wear them continuously. Try to wash it every 1 – 2 days.
Masks that are worn for too long can cause a buildup of bacteria and germs that are not good for the health of your facial skin. Also, provide a spare mask in anticipation of the mask you are wearing getting dirty.
7. Use Matte and Oil-Free Makeup
Pore blockage can occur due to increased sebum or oil production in the skin due to a moist face covered by a mask. Therefore, avoid using makeup or skincare products that can trigger excess oil production on the face.
Avoid using oil-based or dewy makeup. Switch to oil-free makeup products with a mate finish. So that makes you more comfortable without worrying about makeup smudging quickly.
8. Cleanse Your Face Before Bed
After wearing masks and makeup all day, of course, your face will feel dirty and dull. Especially for those of you who have busy outdoor activities.
Do double cleansing before bed to prevent acne. First clean your face using micellar water, cleansing oil, or cleansing wipes that suit your skin type. Then wash your face using soap, after that use toner, serum, or moisturizer.
Double cleansing can help clean the skin pores more deeply and thoroughly so that all the dirt that clogs can be removed.
9. Wash Mask Using Detergent
The cloth masks we use are actually required to be washed after one use. according to experts, ideally, your mask should be replaced after 4 hours of use. Masks that have been used should be placed separately in a separate place to be washed later.
Do not carelessly place your mask because it risks spreading the virus.
Wash your mask using detergent thoroughly then rinse thoroughly. then dry it under the sun.