Caring for Your Skin Beneath Your Face Mask

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed day-to-day life around us in so many different ways. We, just like everyone else in the world, have had to adjust many aspects of our lives to strive for a better state of public health.

One of the most ubiquitous and visible changes of our strange new world is the face mask. If you’re like most people, you may be discovering the irritation and outbreaks you get from frequently wearing a face mask. In this post, we’ll share some of our top tips for caring for your skin in a pro-facemask world.

Drink More Water

One of the most low-effort ways you can care for your skin is to simply make sure you’re drinking enough water. Studies show that most Americans are walking around dehydrated, and constantly wearing a face mask in public doesn’t necessarily encourage drinking more fluids. Because of the extra damage that you’re getting from face mask friction, it’s also essential to make sure your body has enough H20 to rebuild healthy tissue properly.


When you take your mask off, be sure to thoroughly moisturize your skin. A good moisture barrier on the skin’s surface can ensure that it’s protected, so that you can avoid painful irritation and breakouts down the road.

Choose the Right Moisturizer for Your Skin Type

If you’re not sure what moisturizer is best for your skin type, or if you’re not even sure what your skin type is, we highly recommend speaking to a professional skincare expert. It can make a world of difference and help you make better choices when it comes to skincare products. In general, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends the following moisturizers by skin type:

  • Gel moisturizers are best for oily skin or skin in hot, humid climates
  • Moisturizing creams work best for dry skin
  • Lotions work best for skin types between oily and dry

Make Sure You Wash Your Mask

With many of us making trips to the store as quickly as possible, it’s easy to forget about all the dirt, grime, oil, and even old makeup that can build up underneath your mask. Pollution and debris can become trapped and pressed into your mask, even after just a few 15-minute errands. Remember to wash your mask to keep irritants from causing unnecessary damage to the skin around your nose and mouth.

Contact Us to Learn More

Does it seem like you need more help with your skin since we all started wearing masks? If it’s been a while since you’ve talked to a skilled, professional team of cosmetic skin care experts, you might be surprised at the incredible array non-surgical options, such as:

Whether you just want to learn more or want to get started immediately, you should contact a team that’s passionate about patient care and the latest technologies and products. At The Maryland Institute of Plastic Surgery, we’d love to be part of your skincare team. 

To schedule your consultation at The Maryland Institute of Plastic Surgery, please call our practice at (410) 744-0900. You can also reach out and contact us through our website with questions or to request more information.