Healthy Skin Tips To Practice During COVID-19

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Wow! Within three months into 2020, an awful pandemic emerged due to a Coronavirus called COVID-19 that has truly changed our lives. Not only are we suffering mentally from the deaths of loved ones, but we are also dealing with a few common skin issues directly related to protecting our health, such as acne, rashes and dry skin. With a little bit of awareness and consistency, however, these problems can be easily solved.

Facial Acne and Rashes


Masks are essential protective daily wear to reduce your respiratory droplets from getting on objects and others less than six feet from you. However, the longer hours of wearing a mask can cause various facial skin issues.

Moisture can build up under your mask, especially if you’re wearing them for a long time. This can cause a facial rash, similar to diaper rash from yeast overgrowth. You may have redness, itching and even pus bumps. You can reduce this issue by taking off your mask when it’s safe and using breathable cotton fabrics. Also, topical antifungal cream like Lotrimin can help to relieve the rash.

The mask fabric can also cause skin problems. You may have a burning red reaction called Irritant Contact Dermatitis. Once you notice the rash, stop using that mask and apply an over-the-counter Hydrocortisone cream. Find a replacement mask made of a different fabric to reduce the chances of a future rash. Also, handwash your non-disposable fabric mask every two days with soap and warm water to reduce bacteria buildup.

If you have to wear the hospital-grade N95 for extended times, the protective fabric used to make them may also cause potential lip burns from the carbon dioxide that you exhale that remains in the mask. Try alternating with more breathable masks when you can. 

Dry Skin 

Hand washing is mandatory to reduce COVID-19 spread. Therefore, your hands have been under a great deal of recent irritation. It is best to use soap and warm water for at least twenty seconds, despite the fact that excess washing can cause drying of hands. To reduce the excessive dryness, apply heavy hand cream after washing with ingredients such as Shea butter, petrolatum or cocoa butter. If you are unable to use a sink, the next best protection is a hand sanitizer that has greater than 60% alcohol. This product is extra drying because we use this more frequently on a daily basis. Barrier hand creams contain ingredients that trap moisture, so your hands won’t get as dry between washings or use of sanitizer. 

We are encouraged to disinfect areas frequently to reduce the spread of COVID-19, as well. The excess use of chemical-based cleaning agents can cause your hands to become extra dry. You may also get a red or burning rash called Irritant Hand Dermatitis. The key is for you to wash your hands thoroughly after using chemicals to avoid transfer to other body parts. Simply apply over-the-counter Hydrocortisone cream twice a day can relieve hand irritation.

This pandemic has also caused a lot of stress, which has led to new onset of fine lines, wrinkles and gray hair. Because hair and skincare start within, the special marine protein and collagen proprietary nutrient blend in BellaNutri natural supplement will help improve these issues. Stay consistent at least six months to maximally get nutrients working in your system. www.bellanutri.com

Despite these potential skin issues, it is still more critical to continue wearing your mask, wash and sanitize your hands frequently, disinfect objects and practice social distancing.

About The Author

Dr. Melanye Maclin-Carroll, M.D.

Dr. Mac is a licensed hair research dermatologist and founder of Innovative Hair Technology, Inc. Her company develops and distributes advanced all-natural hair and skin supplements, ‘BellaNutri®’ for Women and ‘BeauNutri®’ for Men. These products benefit hair and skin from an internal nutritional perspective. She has also helped to launch L’Oreal Garnier Fructis ‘Triple Nutrition’ hair products in 2009. For info, visit www.drmaclin.com.