Anti-Covid-19 skin and nail masks, here's how to protect yourself

The rules to follow before wearing the mask to protect the skin of the face. And for the hands it is better to use soap and water

For those with healthy skin, no problem, also because often the protective masks, necessary to limit the risk of spreading the Sars-CoV-2 virus such as spacing and regular hand hygiene, are certainly not worn for hours.

But for those suffering from acne or other problems, what should you do? And what should those who do not have skin problems do? This was explained by the experts present at the National Congress of SIDeMaST, the Italian Society of Medical, Surgical, Aesthetic Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

Choose the right products

Refresh the skin of the face with non-aggressive cleansers, apply a functional dermocosmetic that can extinguish inflammation and above all massage the creams well to make them absorb before wearing the protective mask necessary to protect yourself from Sars-CoV-2. These are the simple rules to be implemented before "arm yourself" with the protective mask (Ffp2, surgical or cloth) and help your skin when you suffer from acne, rosacea or other skin diseases.

"The protective mask – comments Giuseppe Monfrecola, University of Naples Federico II – produces an obviously different microenvironment than free skin, but this does not mean that those suffering from acne, rosacea or other skin diseases should not wear it, rather they must wear it with tranquility. You just have to pay attention to hygiene and to use the right products ".

“In particular, greater care must be taken in spreading the products used, making them absorb well. Otherwise, a double coverage is created: that of the cream and that of the mask that will inevitably produce suffering on the skin. Once this has been done, let's put on the mask and be calm ”.

If the message goes to a large segment of the Italian population – we think that acne affects 80 percent of people aged between 10-12 up to 35, in total about 4 million people, and rosacea, a disease chronic inflammatory disease, about 3 million and 200 thousand people between 20 and 55 years – what indications should be given to those who have healthy skin?

“The masks – continues Monfrecola – do not give problems to people with healthy skin, who also wear them for often limited times. Different, of course, is the case of doctors, nurses and staff working in Covid departments: we have all seen the marks on the face caused by wearing them for hours and hours. For all the others there are no contraindications or possible sensitizations. On the contrary, paradoxically, the mask tends to moisturize the skin as a warm humid microenvironment is created with one's breath. So today there is only one risk: don't wear it! "

Pay attention to the nails

Washing your hands often is essential to keep the risk of Sars-CoV-2 virus infection away. But cleansing must be done with care, also because it is repeated several times a day, for example when we enter a shop to shop and or in a bar for the classic coffee. In these cases, in fact, different detergents made available in the room are also used. Hands and nails can therefore be put under stress.

"The nails and skin of the hands in this period are subjected to greater stress – explains Bianca Maria Piraccini, Director of the School of Specialization of Dermatology and Venereology of the University of Bologna – because if an adult washes his hands from six to ten times under normal conditions, today we tend to double this number. Also, only one in ten uses a mild cleanser and only one in thirty uses a moisturizer on their skin and nails after cleansing. Also, when we go into the shops, we use chemicals, cleansing gels and antimicrobials in the bars and this happens at least 20-30 times a day ”.

“Those who work in hospitals or clinics even more so. The consequence is severe dehydration on the skin. The first tip is to favor water and soap over the sanitizing gel. But since both dehydrate the skin and weaken the nails, the incidence of irritative dermatitis can increase. And with winter and the arrival of cold, everything gets worse. So the advice is to always wash your hands carefully, taking care to always use a moisturizer after cleansing ".

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