The pandemic has forced us to wear masks day in and day out, this causes several skin problems, the most common being ‘maskne’. However, with the restrictions being relaxed and several businesses opening up, staff are being advised to protect themselves and others by wearing a PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) kit. But did you know that prolonged use of the PPE kit, especially on the delicate facial skin can cause several skin problems due to the constant friction? It may lead to blistering, skin tears and in some cases ulcers and hives too.
If wearing a PPE like face visors, goggles, and respiratory protective equipment have become an essential part of working life, we understand the struggles you have to go through. Hence, we’ve rounded up a few products that you can use before putting on your PPE to keep skin irritation at bay. Check it out.
Wearing PPE directly without first applying moisturiser can cause friction and lead to skin irritation. It is advised to first slather on a soothing body lotion all over and give your skin enough time to absorb it before wearing the PPE kit. To keep your facial skin smooth, supple and free from irritation, apply a lightweight moisturiser formulated with gentle and hydrating ingredients, 30 minutes prior.
2. Petroleum jelly
Another way to reduce friction is by applying petroleum jelly on your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. Most moisturisers and body lotions are formulated to get absorbed easily into the skin without leaving any residue behind, in the case of PPE, some residue is required to prevent the friction. Therefore, the application of petroleum jelly all over the body can reduce irritation caused by dryness and friction.
BB picks: Vaseline Original Pure Skin Jelly
3. Talcum powder
Friction can be quite damaging for the skin; use of talcum powder can reduce this by 49% to 59% for at least four hours. It doesn’t absorb easily into the skin and provides a protective layer — this helps reduce skin problems caused by PPE kits by ten folds. Great, no?