Analysis of Surgical Masks Adverse Effects on Facial Skin in Long Term Usage During COVID-19 Pandemic.

Analysis of Surgical Masks Adverse Effects on Facial Skin in Long Term Usage During COVID-19 Pandemic.

Publication date: Mar 25, 2024

During the coronavirus disease-2019 pandemic, masks have become mandatory for protection against the virus transmitted by breathing. This study examined the impact of surgical masks used daily on civilian facial skin. Moisture, elasticity, pore, melanin, acne, wrinkle, and sensitivity parameters of 83 volunteers were measured numerically using an API-100 skin analyzer and camera recordings. Numerical values were compared following the device’s algorithm calibrated according to age, gender, and race. Finally, the obtained data were statistically evaluated and compared with the averages. Pore, melanin, acne, and wrinkle parameters were higher without gender discrimination, whereas moisture and elasticity parameters were low. While a significant increase was observed in women for sensitivity, the increase was not statistically significant in men. The negative effects of long-term daily wearing of surgical masks on facial skin were statistically significant. Therefore, taking outdoor breaks during mask use, washing the face intermittently, using moisturizing and purifying cosmetic products, and anti-wrinkle effects have been proposed to reduce the possible defects.

Concepts Keywords
Coronavirus acne
Daily COVID-19
Pandemic moisture
Surgical Surgical mask
Volunteers wrinkle

Semantics

Type Source Name
disease MESH COVID-19 Pandemic
pathway KEGG Coronavirus disease
disease MESH acne
drug DRUGBANK Alpha-1-proteinase inhibitor
disease VO device
disease IDO algorithm
disease MESH defects

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