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ARE THERE ANY ECZEMA FRIENDLY FACE MASKS?

September 10, 2020 2 min read

With 1 in 5 children and 1 in 12 adults in the UK suffering with eczema, and the on-going mandate to wear face coverings in the UK unlikely to be lifted soon, eczema-friendly masks are becoming an increasingly important part of people’s wardrobes.

Eczema, or dermatitis, is an inflammatory skin condition which can affect people from birth into old age. The skin is often dry and itchy, which can become cracked and sore without treatment. Patients report that changes in weather and temperature, skincare products, laundry products and clothing can impact on their skin health.

Dermatologists have reported an increase in skin problems such as eczema and acne as a result of face coverings.

The National Eczema Society advises that face coverings made from 100% cotton that can be washed regularly are probably the most eczema-friendly.

A snug but not tight fit is recommended, and they advise against applying topical treatments just before donning a mask.

Protexa’s brand new, internationally patented ‘Evolution of Cotton (EOC)’ face mask collection is not only antibacterial and antiviral, but is also made from organic anti-allergenic cotton and has a pH level of 5.5, which matches your skins natural levels..

 

There will also soon be a snood option added to the EOC range, complete with a filter, to offer the same protection as a face mask if the skin behind the ears is prone to irritation.

 

The cutting edge fabric technology absorbs liquid 5-10 times quicker than other fabrics, meaning the mask dries quickly reducing liquid-skin contact.

 

Once you’re safely away from others and can remove your mask, Healthline advises regular emmolient use, cleansing, toning and moisturising, and contacting your local GP surgery with any new skin complaints, or a flare of ongoing symptoms.


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