This Is How You Can Prevent Sweating Under Your Face Mask

No matter the temperatures outside, we start sweating under our face mask the moment we enter a store! Here's how you can prevent this from happening

Despite the summer heat, we have to wear face masks.
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During summer, we all had the same problem: we started sweating under our face mask. The tragedy went on in winter, so whenever we went shopping or used public transportation, sweat started gathering under the face mask. Although we're well aware of the importance of wearing a mask, it can get a little annoying. Apart from the uncomfortable sweating under the mask, many of us have noticed skin irritations around the mouth area. How can we prevent acne and pimples?

We've compiled a list of helpful tips to battle the sweat problem!

The skin must be allowed to breath every once in a while while wearing a mask.
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Tip No 1: Let Your Skin Breathe

It's as simple as it is effective! The moment you notice sweat building up under you mask, you should take it off (if possible). As a rule of thumb, you shouldn't wear your mask longer than 90 minutes at a time. If you purchased single-use face masks, you should also use them no more than once! Cloth masks should be tossed in the washing machine at the end of the day. This way, you get rid of all the germs.

The next hack will make your life so much easier!

Breathable masks won't make you sweat as much.
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Tip No 2: The Key Lies in the Fabric

Many people wear disposable face masks, assuming that they're especially breathable. That's wrong! By now, companies have invested in producing face masks that make you sweat less. At the same time, these breathable fabrics are also better for acne-prone skin. Face masks made of jersey and flannelette are especially breathable. They definitely outperform ordinary cotton face masks. 

If you ignore the next tip, you might have more acne around your mouth and chin in the future!

Das Tragen von Make Up unter der Maske kann zu Pickeln f├╝hren
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Tip No 3: Go Makeup Free!

If you've always wanted to try a more natural look, now is the time! It'll probably take some time getting used to, but trust us, it's worth it!

Make-up clogs your pores - that fact combined with sweating, warm temperatures and a lack of ventilation are the perfect conditions for acne. Whenever it isn't necessary to wear makeup (is it ever really necessary?), try getting used to the no-makeup look. No worries, you can still wear mascara!

Are you ready for the next tip?

Cortisone creams are supposed to help against acne developing from wearing a face mask.
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Tip No 4: Use acne skin care

Have you heard of the term "Maskne"? It refers to developing breakouts because of wearing a face mask to protect yourself and others from Covid-19. Yeah, it's a thing. In the evenings, wash your face thoroughly and apply a noncomedogenic moisturizer afterwards. If you only have light skin irritations, you can use a mild cortisone cream. 

You should wash your face mask regularly.
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Tip No 5: Wash Your Face Mask Regularly!

We don't mean once every two weeks when we say regularly! By regularly, we mean disinfecting the mask right after using it. Regularly means: at least once a day (unless you've turned into a homebody and rarely leave the house). Washing your mask not only enables it to protect you from the virus; the wash cycle will further clean your mask of sebum and sweat. The combination of sebum and sweat on your mask can contribute to skin irritations. Never wear an unclean face mask!

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