Although scientific evidence points to the fact that wearing a face covering will help to prevent the spread of infections such as COVID-19, choosing one that won’t cause an acne flare up or skin irritation is a hard task for those with sensitive skin.
For most people, wearing a face covering when they are out is not a problem, but what can be done by those with sensitive and acne prone skin to reduce any irritation caused?
As far as the face mask or covering itself, organic cotton would be the best option for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin as it allows the skin to breathe, but unfortunately, cotton won’t be as effective in preventing the wearer from catching COVID-19. Cotton masks may help prevent the spread of infection from the wearer to anyone nearby but will not offer as much protection for the wearer from catching airborne viruses and becoming infected themselves.
Synthetic or surgical face masks are another widely used face covering but could be one of the worst options for those with sensitive skin, as they are made using non-woven fabrics and plastics such as polypropylene which do not allow the skin to breathe and sweat to evaporate. This can be a cause of irritation for many people and can result in painful rashes on the skin when worn for long periods of time.
The Virustatic Shield is made using a viscose and Lycra blend that offers the same lightweight and breathable feel as cotton. The Viruferrin™ coating is a natural protein that has been proven to be 98% effective against pathogens including SARS-CoV-2, the strain behind the current outbreak. It will protect the wearer from catching any viruses upon contact, making it much safer than handmade, synthetic surgical or fashion face coverings.
Many Virustatic Shield users have given us feedback that their acne has improved significantly since wearing the Virustatic Shield. Although the Shield was not created as an acne treatment, Viruferrin ™ is naturally effective at eliminating the pathogenic bacteria that cause acne and spots.
Skincare before and after wearing a face covering is vital if you do suffer from sensitive skin and can go a long way in terms of preventing breakouts and rashes. Make sure your skin is clean and clear by following a gentle cleansing routine followed by a non-comedogenic moisturiser. Barrier forming and reparative creams will help to form a protective layer between your skin and the mask that should reduce the risk of developing a rash or spots even further.
Another useful tip is to change your mask when it becomes moist, as the moisture will create friction and more irritation to the skin as you move around. This again should be much less of a problem with the Virustatic Shield as it is made from a breathable, lightweight material. You can rotate the snood if moisture does become an issue, without any germs coming into contact with your face as you do so, because of the 360 coverage and the germ-trapping capability of the Viruferrin™ coating.
Remember to throw away your disposable masks after one use and keep any reusable face coverings as clean as possible to avoid further irritation. The Virustatic Shield can be hand washed up to three times whilst still maintaining a full level of protection and can be worn for up to fifty hours in between washes.
Some experts are recommending a three-layer protection of cotton – however this creates difficulties with breathing and moisture on the skin as the fabric becomes very thick. Our snoods are the result of over 10 years of research from a dedicated team of scientists and are proven to be 98% effective with just one layer of fabric. There is no evidence to show that three layers would increase the effectiveness of our face coverings.
The fabric is also suitable for long hours of use, and therefore is a great option for anyone working long hours, and particularly for those with sensitive skin.