Will the cold weather affect all skin types?
While the winter season can affect all of us, it can have a particular effect on those with sensitive skin, or skin conditions such as eczema or rosacea. In worst cases, dry skin can crack & bleed creating areas which can become further irritated by harsh soaps and even items of clothing, therefore making you more vulnerable to infection.
What about Maskne?
Just as we thought our skin was free of chafing and oil-trapping face masks, the Omicron variant appears!
Wearing a face mask over your nose and mouth for a prolonged period of time can cause skin to break out more than normal.
The acne caused by masks is different to regular acne, as that is caused by hormonal changes. ‘Maskne’ is a direct result of physical disruption of the skin; the consistent rubbing of material against your skin can result in micro-tears, which can then lead to bacteria, dirt and oil easily entering underneath the surface and clogging up your pores. Face masks have been designed and utilised in order to limit the airflow from entering/exiting, which means the skin cells that you would usually be shedding throughout the day are trapped on the surface and have nowhere to go.
However, it’s important to remember that face coverings play a vital role in the fight against COVID-19. But the humid and sticky environment a mask creates around your face, chin and nose can cause breakouts for two main reasons:
If you’re wearing a mask for long periods of time, the excess heat and pressure of the material build-up against your face can cause a breakdown in the protective layer of your skin. This layer helps keep out external aggressors and works to keep your skin hydrated. Without this layer, your skin may be prone to pimples.
The combination of sweat and oil that gathers under the mask (not to mention trapped breath) can clog pores. The lack of air circulation encourages bacteria growth and can lead to blackheads, whiteheads or pimples that will vary in size depending on how infected they become.
Coupled with the cold weather, it’s important to keep our skin as healthy & happy as we possibly can. Here are 10 ways in which you can tackle dry winter skin.