This is a skin condition called perioral dermatitis and it seems to be showing up a lot more in these mask wearing times we find ourselves in.

This weeks newsletter gives you 10 steps to helps with unsettled skins that are struggling with mask wearing.

When perioral dermatitis flares up the skin can be scaly, dry and flaky with swollen, inflamed bumps called papules. It is often mistaken for acne, rosacea or a fungal infection, but, a muzzle pattern around the mouth is the tell tale sign.

This condition is usually associated with fine, sensitive skins, but can arise from a stripped skin, fluorinated toothpaste, topical steroids and now it would seem mask wearing.  My theory is that a localised disturbance of the skins barrier is being cause by the combination of friction and humidity that are created underneath a mask. Added to this the heat and absorbency of the fabric are dehydrating and further aggravating the skin. 

Here’s 10 things you can do to help a skin with perioral dermatitis

  • Practice good mask hygiene, wash or replace you mask daily
  • Switch to a zinc based sunscreen (more on this next time)
  • Avoid products with waxes, balms and some moisturisers 
  • Avoid soaps and medicated or foaming cleansers
  • Products with alcohol (check your toners)
  • Minimise heat exposure (hot showers for example)
  • Check diet for heating foods and beverages
  • Add a good quality essential fatty acid to your daily diet
  • Talk to me about the Hypersensitive Skin Healing Regime

It looks like masks are going to be with us for a while yet so please don’t struggle on with skin problems.  My feeling is that we are going to see a lot more mask related skin conditions as the weather gets hotter. In the last short while our daily lifestyles and habits have changed so how we look after ourselves also needs to adjust. Sometimes making tweaks to your daily skin care routine is all it takes to prevent things getting worse, or, hopefully even happening in the first place.

The best starting point is to talk to me when you come in for your appointment or make an appointment for a Skin Remedy Consultation.  This can be done virtually if you are unable to come into the salon.

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