How To Avoid Skin Irritation From Face Masks During COVID-19

Here’s our step-by-step guide to reducing the risk of mask-induced soreness.

If you’re struggling with pressure sores, rashes and irritated skin from wearing a face mask for long periods of time, whether you're wearing medical PPE or cloth masks during your daily routine, these steps can help soothe your skin.

  • Make sure your mask fits properly and that you’re using it correctly, so it gives the best possible protection.
  • Keep skin well-hydrated to boost its resilience as it is being subjected to pressure from the masks; apply unscented emollients regularly at home and throughout the day at work.
  • Apply an anhydrous barrier balm (like Skin Salvation) to sore areas at least 30 minutes before putting on your mask.
  • Remove the mask every two hours (away from patients, if you're a healthcare professional), and give your skin time to recover.
  • Keep skin clean with an unscented wash or soap; wash your face gently after removing the mask.
  • Pat your face dry with clean tissues or paper towels - don’t rub!
  • Apply oil-based ointment last thing at night to clean skin, especially on areas subjected to pressure from the mask.
  • If you’re a member of the public, and are not wearing your mask at work, remove it as soon as you safely can.

Why is Skin Salvation a good choice as a barrier balm?

  1. Skin Salvation is an oil-based ointment, so it’s unlikely to sting even very sore, raw or broken skin.
  2. The beeswax forms a semi-occlusive protective barrier over broken or fragile skin.
  3. This barrier acts as if it were the skin’s own barrier function, locking moisture in and keeping irritants out.
  4. It’s rich in the essential fatty acids that skin needs for its natural cycle of regeneration and repair.
  5. It is unscented and free from the synthetic ingredients that can aggravate sensitive or inflamed skin.
  6. Unlike paraffin-based emollients, it isn’t flammable! 
“My face and hands have really been suffering for all the PPE over the last couple of months and these products have been a life saver!! Thank you, thank you.”
Victoria Taylor on Trustpilot
“I bought lots of pots of Skin Salvation for myself and my nursing colleagues to help us look after our hands at work. Everyone loves it!! Many thanks.”
Helen Earl on Trustpilot

Recommended products to reduce mask soreness

Balmonds Skin Salvation
with hemp and beeswax

Balmonds Natural Shampoo & Body Wash
with calendula & chamomile


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