And the drapes again! Tips on how to protect severely tested skin

Surgical drapes, neckerchiefs, respirators, but also home-made cloth mouthpieces are back. Whether we like it or not, wearing respiratory protection is once again mandatory in indoor areas of buildings and public transport throughout the country. Wearing them all day, however, is no walk in the park. You have already got used to the fact that it’s hard to breathe in a respirator, but you don’t want to put up with a face full of pimples? Then read our article on how to prevent skin problems in the “veil age”.

Wearing drapes for a long time has been proven to be bad for the skin

Yes, even a self-made drape is considered an effective tool in the fight against a new type of coronavirus, especially if the wearing of drapes is mandated across the board. However, the long-term wearing of drapes has its downsides. Many people react very sensitively to the muffs. Dermatologists have seen an increased number of patients with new disease in the facial area this spring, and many patients have experienced worsening of pre-existing disease.


How to make the drape as light as possible on the skin

The basic rule is “Don’t underestimate the choice of drape!” You may have to try a few different options, but careful selection will pay off. Your drape is not a fashion accessory or a torture device. Your drape needs to fit you well, and the following recommendations should be followed:

  • The drape should be made of breathable, non-irritating materials. Pure cotton is ideal
  • Be sure to wash and steam the drape before wearing it for the first time
  • Change drapes frequently and, if possible, wear them for as short a time as possible
  • After each wear, boil and iron the drapes thoroughly

Don’t forget to drink regularly. Your skin will also benefit from a minimum of make-up, thorough regular cleansing and moisturising with a suitable skin cream.

What can a veil do to its wearer

Doctors most often deal with acne, especially in the chin area. Next, eczema, which the patient usually develops in the area of the mouth and nasolabial folds. Very deep blisters are no exception, which are a particular problem for paramedics, as they most often wear respirators that fit very tightly around their faces.

They are also very common.

It is mainly mechanical irritation and damage to the skin caused by prolonged wear. To a lesser extent, it is an allergic reaction to chemicals or powder and disinfectant residues.