How did the use of masks that we started with the Covid19 process affect our skin?
-I wish you all a nice week. We are going through this process, pandemic, increasing anxiety, financial and moral problems, failed expectations, future worries of children and youth, perhaps the most difficult test in our lives.
The measures we have to take for our health in this process; especially adversely affect our skin health. The use of masks is the most basic way of protection from the virus. We even have to use masks. For our own health and for the health of others. Using masks has seriously increased the occurrence of acne, especially in young people and children. Even people who had never had acne before, black spots, oil buttons and acne began to appear. We also observe an increase in seborrheic dermatitis, which is seen with an increase in lubrication on the skin caused by stress.
2-What should we do to get the least damage from these effects?
-To get the least damage from these effects, it is definitely useful to consult a skin doctor. Thus, we learn in the most accurate way what we should use for both the treatment of our existing acne and for prevention.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a stress-triggered condition with facial redness and flaking, which bothers the patient very much, and during this period, a serious increase in the complaints of the patients began to be seen not only on the face, but also on the scalp and body.
For this reason, the best way is to be in contact with your dermatologist.
3-Summer months are approaching, what would you recommend?
-In summer, the temperature is increasing due to the season and we have to continue to use masks. Since the use of masks also increases lubrication and acne formation, it is very important to use the right product, wash our face with the right frequency and know what to use.
Since the needs of each skin are different, the healthiest way is to be in contact with our doctor. Since the forehead and other areas of the face outside the mask are exposed to the sun and under the mask, there may be color differences and staining on the face. For this reason, I would like to emphasize the importance of using sunscreen.
4-Is the stress of the pandemic reflected on our skin?
During this period, an increase was observed in all stress-related skin diseases. In addition, hand eczema has increased significantly due to frequent washing of our hands and disinfectants. Stress, unfortunately, finds its expression mostly on the skin in our body. An increase was observed in all stress-triggered skin diseases such as psoriasis, vitiligo, hives, eczemas, seborrheic dermatitis, and acne. For this reason, the best way is to be in contact with a good dermatologist.
Let’s be endlessly patient and calm to get through this period. Despite everything, let’s think well and hug life and the whole world with love. Stay cool…