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Health Minute: Summer Skin Safety Series Pt. 1

By: Claude

In part 1 of our Summer Skin Safety Series, Dr. Avni Jain, Adventist HealthCare family medicine physician, talked about the impact of masks and face covering on the skin and what can we do to protect the skin on our face.

Wearing a face mask for a long period of time can cause some skin irritation such as, redness and itching. There are some things you can do to help limit any irritation. Make sure you have a mask that fits, it shouldn’t be too loose or too tight. Avoid makeup, perfumes or anything under the mask. Apply a gentle face moisturizer, especially where the mask rests on your face. If you have irritation behind the ears or chin, a cream with zinc oxide like Desitin, could help. If you have continued irritation around your ears, try to find a mask with ties instead of loops.

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