Boost Your Immunity Series Vol.4: We will tell you how to deal with rough skin caused by wearing masks!

 Hello. This is Taki. I’m the manager of Suzuki Herb Laboratory’s PR Department.

The other day, I was waiting in line at a book store, and I overheard an elderly couple waiting behind me. They were saying, “When I wear a mask, it causes pimples to develop on my face, and it gets itchy.”

Below is some information I want to share with you:

You tend to have a rough skin if you find yourself constantly saying: “I get acne on my face after wearing a mask,” “My skin became rough from the mask rubbing against my face,” or “I’m fine now, but I might eventually get rough skin.”

Here are a couple of important points to remember to avoid developing rough skin after wearing a mask:

The rough skin that you get from wearing a mark is caused by the friction between the mask and the skin. It damages the skin’s surface and causes the skin barrier to deteriorate.

There are three ways to reduce the friction between the mask and the skin.

1. Choose a mask that fits the size of your face. 

Choose a mask that creates a little space between the face and the mask.

Make sure that the mask covers the cheeks and the chin properly.

If the mask is too small, there is a chance that it might be too tight for your skin. Wearing a close-fitting mask will leave your skin in bad condition. It will cause more friction, which will weaken your skin barrier’s function, so please choose a suitable mask size for you.

2. Try to moisturize yourself often

When you tightly seal the mask on your face so that bacteria and viruses won’t get through, the mask’s friction against your face increases and your skin gets rougher.

When that happens, apply moisturizing lotion or cream often.

When the skin’s protective barrier weakens, the moisture from your skin easily escapes, making it dry and rough.

Select cosmetic products that you can apply on top of your makeup and moisturize yourself often.

3. Breathing through the nose

Breathing through the mouth might change  the position of your mask.

It’s because when you open your mouth to breathe, your jaw opens and lowers the mask at the same time. Then, the mask causes friction against the face.

This friction can cause rough skin, so remember to refrain breathing through the mouth and breathe through the nose instead.

The basic motion of breathing through the nose is you inhale from the nose, and you exhale from the nose! That’s all there is to it.

If you are not used to it, you might experience difficulty in breathing, but you will gradually adapt to it. If it’s hard to breathe, you can inhale from the nose and exhale from both the nose and the mouth. 

Remember to inhale from the nose only, and you will be fine.

When you breathe through the nose, not only does the rough skin caused by friction from the mask get better, but it also improves the body’s immunity and reduces bad breath. People also say that you get sick less often, especially from common colds. 

Use this opportunity to switch from mouth breathing to nose breathing.
When you start breathing through the nose, the mask will not become smelly even if you wear one for a long time. The smell coming from the mask after wearing it determines whether you have successfully breathed through the nose or not.
How was it? I hope you can keep a smooth and healthy skin even with a mask on. Have a nice smile today, tomorrow, and forever.
Thank you for reading.


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