makeup and mask, the bad duo?

makeup and mask, the bad duo?

Following the government’s deconfinement plan presented by Edouard Philippe, the questions surrounding the mask are numerous. Some doctors recommend not wearing makeup to avoid contamination of this essential accessory as much as possible against the spread of the coronavirus. Explanations.

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Prime Minister Edouard Philippe presented the government’s deconfinement plan to the National Assembly on April 28. Among the new measures to be taken from May 11: the compulsory wearing of masks in public transport. At the end of April, 26 million “general public” masks will be available each week, according to Bercy. A real upheaval in our daily lives. Since the start of the pandemic, the mask has been a subject of debate. Essential to avoid the spread of the virus, this new essential accessory must be used according to strict rules. Wash hands before and after use, place it on the nose and mouth, do not touch it, make sure there is no space between the skin and the mask or remove it only by the rubber bands (and never by the chin). While the best practices for wearing a mask are still unclear, it is interesting to understand how healthcare personnel use them. In the medical environment, where the risk of virus transmission is highly elevated, many healthcare workers also follow another principle to ensure the quality and effectiveness of the masks. Many would no longer wear makeup according to “Allure”. Anne Liu, a doctor specializing in infectious diseases at Stanford Health Care, says that once the makeup is applied to the mask, the mask is considered contaminated.

A less effective barrier

Makeup worn under a mask could also damage the tissue, making it a less effective barrier, according to Cassandra M. Pierre, a doctor specializing in infectious diseases at Boston Medical Center. “For surgical masks, make-up causes tissue to clog and at the same time results in reduced air filtration,” she told the American magazine. Still according to the specialist, the lipstick, the face powder, tinted sunscreen but also aftershave could cling to the mask and hinder its effectiveness in filtering droplets. For sunscreens or lotions, the professional recommends using lighter formulations, and waiting until the product is well absorbed by the skin before putting on her mask. Recall that this information is to be taken with tweezers because no statement by the World Health Organization or the government on this subject has been made public.


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