Wearing face masks when we leave our homes has become part of our daily lives. This means we have to adjust our skincare and makeup routines. As a result of spending long periods of time under the face mask, our lips can become dry, flaky, and chapped. Trapped heat, humidity, and friction from the mask can irritate the skin. Additionally, it’s also more difficult than usual to properly moisturize by drinking water and reapplying lip balm. This makes finding the right moisturizing, yet long-lasting lipstick that doesn’t stain the mask to be more vital than ever.
In this article we’ll go through ingredients to look for in your lip products, recommendations for lipsticks that doesn’t stain mask, and lip conditions that can arise without proper lip care. Including excerpts from Masking Up: A Dermatologist’s Guide to Maskne by Dr. Teo Wan Lin, Dermatologist at TWL Specialist Skin & Laser Centre.
While maskne is a common mask-induced skin problem, other skin problems that could potentially arise from increased mask-wearing is one that occurs on the sensitive skin on your lips.
Mask Mouth: Cheilitis
Eczema on the lips causes redness, dryness, and scaling of the lips. The occlusive environment of wearing a face mask, irritating substances in lip products, or habitual licking of the lips are all factors that can lead to eczema on the lips.
Angular cheilitis is one type of eczema on the lip that develops due to a fungal infection of Candida, or a bacterial infection. In short, the fungus Candida behind angular cheilitis thrives in warm, humid environments, much like the one under your mask. Although the face mask might not be the sole cause of Candida overgrowth, it could certainly be a contributing factor.
As a result, you may see red, irritated rashes, or chapped areas around the lips. One telltale sign is if you develop irritation in the corners of your mouth. Try not to lick your lips when they’re dry, and use a moisturizing lipstick or lip balm instead. Because, licking your lips can lead to saliva getting trapped in the corners of your mouth. This becomes an ideal breeding ground for candida.
How functional textiles can help balance the “germs” required in maintaining skin health
The CUIONS™ copper mask contains copper nanoparticle impregnated fabric. It is certified for anti-microbial functions to actively prevent and treat mask acne.
What is the skin microbiome?
The term microbiome refers to the balance of germs-bacteria, viruses, fungi, mites, that work with our body to keep it healthy. These germs have to be present for our immune system to work and self-regulate. It is formed at birth, changes as one age, varying in terms of each location. For example, the germs on our scalp are vastly different from that in our oral cavity, our nose, and the rest of the skin. Various dermatological conditions have now been shown to link microbiome dysbiosis. This relates to an imbalance in the skin flora.
Acne patients, for example, are colonized with propionibacterium acnes. The latest research shows the link between a new type of bacteria known as C.acnes, on the skin of sufferers. Seborrheic dermatitis, a flaky condition that can affect the eyebrows, the nasolabial folds, around the nose area, and the scalp, links to an overgrowth of a yeast organism known as Malassezia furfur. This yeast favors oily, moist and humid environments. Additionally, eczema links to staphylococcus aureus colonization, which drives a superantigen effect that causes inflammation in eczema patients. Angular Cheilitis is linked to Candida overgrowth.
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Functional biotextiles in dermatology, such as those impregnated with silver, zinc, or copper ions, prove to have biocidal effects. For example, inhibiting or killing off microorganisms upon skin contact. These can treat fungal and bacterial infections. As well as an adjunct therapy in the treatment of eczema. Such textiles hold potential for the treatment of maskne. Because, of its effects on the microbiome and may reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance in individuals being treated for maskne.
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Lip care under a face mask
Exfoliation – Lip Scrub
When exfoliating, look for a gentle exfoliator, as the goal is to increase cell turnover and eliminate dead skin. Harsh chemicals and products might strip the natural oils that are responsible for providing skin protection and balance.
The Anti-Aging Lip Scrub is a gentle leave-on exfoliator has all-natural ingredients and is suitable for sensitive lips. It contains solid state crystals which gently exfoliates, effectively removing rough and dry skin without irritating your lips. The crystals then dissolve into a moisturising serum, leaving you with soft, smooth and hydrated lips.
Lip Balm that doesn’t stain the mask
Face masks can trap in heat, sweat, bacteria, and saliva. On top of that, the friction, and lower airflow can lead to dehydration, dryness, and chafing of the lips. To combat this and lock in moisture, use a lip balm that includes hydrating ingredients. Avoid water and alcohol-based lip balms as they tend to evaporate more quickly.
The LipSerum Stick is a mask-proof lipstick that doesn’t stain mask. It incorporates solid-state crystals in stick balm at room temperature. The LipSerum melts on contact with lips to become a smooth and intensively moisturising lip serum. Additionally, it has an intensive phytoceramide formula that prevents lip eczema, discolouration, wrinkles and loss of volume. Particularly beneficial for sufferers of dry, chapped lips.
Transfer-Proof Lipstick That Doesn’t Stain Mask
One factor to consider when wearing makeup and lip products under face masks would be the transferability of makeup on the inside of the fabric. Switch to no transfer formulas, i.e no transfer lipstick that doesn’t stain mask. Avoid matte lipsticks if you’re struggling with chapped lips. Instead, go for a tinted lip color that can help to eliminate the risk of drying out your lips, and gives you the ‘no makeup makeup look’ that won’t feel uncomfortable under your face mask.
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The Infinity Palette is a lipstick that doesn’t stain mask. It contains everything you need to design your own highly pigmented lip stains, with infinite colour possibilities in one basic palette. The lip base is fortified with Salmon Roe DNA and moisturising phytoceramides to volumise, anti-wrinkle and nourish your lips.
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Makeup under a face mask
Makeup contributes to a form of physical debris on one’s skin – the pigments and excipients in the formula, including chemical ingredients, preservatives mix with skin oils and sweat. These contribute to overgrowth of germs on the skin.
Most makeup formulations today do not contain overtly comedogenic ingredients, unlike in the early nineties. However, makeup itself when worn under occlusion can trigger off flare-ups of acne for the reason above. Sensitive skin individuals may find that what they are normally able to tolerate suddenly makes them sensitive, because ingredients undergo changes, e.g. pH when mixed with sweat and moisture.
If you live in a tropical, humid climate, wearing makeup under a face mask poses the following challenges:
Increased growth of microorganisms (germs) leading to flare of skin conditions
Retention of sweat, moisture, skin oils with physical debris are all factors that lead to an increase in the growth of microorganisms. Including bacteria (causes worsening of acne, secondary infections known as gram-negative folliculitis) and yeast (“fungal acne” which is correctly termed pityosporum folliculitis). Individuals with perioral dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis have redness, scaling and bumpy rashes around the mouth area. This will be exacerbated by the wearing of a face mask. Individuals with perioral dermatitis are sensitive to common ingredients present in skincare and makeup, and in this case wearing makeup under the mask will certainly make it worse. Several cases of perioral dermatitis are often misdiagnosed as adult acne by non-dermatologists, and lack of response to usual acne treatment is a red flag. If this is the case, you would need treatment with oral antibiotic medications, that are anti-inflammatory.
Makeup-transfer onto fabrics
The other factor to consider would be the transferability of makeup on the inside of the fabric. Switch to no transfer formulas, i.e. no transfer-blushes, smudge-proof lipsticks that doesn’t stain your mask.
If you have eczema, wearing makeup under occlusion can change the behaviour of certain active ingredients present in the makeup, leading it to cause skin irritation. Also, overgrowth of normal skin bacteria, i.e. staphylococcus aureus will trigger eczema flare-ups.