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Don't be haunted by a mask mishap

Couple dancing in Halloween dinosaur masks

Choosing a mask made from materials that work with your skin type can spare you from covering up a breakout after the festivities end.

Halloween masks can put a lot of stress on your skin.

Masks can trap heat and moisture, leading to sweaty, oily situations. When sebum and sweat clog pores, breakouts start. Masks can also be made from materials known to irritate sensitive skin. Some, like those made from latex, can even cause allergic reactions. By taking extra precautions, looking for potential design flaws, and knowing your skin's triggers, you can haunt all you want without damaging your skin.

Scary good tips for choosing the best mask

  • Worried about sweat and oil? Look for masks made from breathable materials like cotton or silk. These fabrics allow air to flow through and reduce the risk of trapping heat and moisture.
  • Avoid tight-fitting designs that can rub against the skin and cause friction. Find a mask that provides a comfortable fit without putting pressure on your face.
  • Ordering online or picking it up from a store? Wash your mask thoroughly before wearing it out for the evening to remove any lingering bacteria or irritants.
  • Cleanse your skin before and after wearing a mask. Removing accumulated dirt, sweat, and makeup reduces the risk of clogged pores.

The trick is matching mask material to your skin's needs.

With so many options available, putting together the perfect costume can be daunting. Here are a few things to consider with common materials:

Plastic masks are lightweight and available for a range of budgets. However, they tend to trap heat and moisture, putting the wearer at increased risk for breakouts or skin irritation. If you choose a plastic mask, take frequent breaks and allow your skin to breathe.

Latex masks offer a realistic appearance and can even come as prosthetics for a custom costume experience. Latex itself can be irritating, as well as the adhesives used to affix it to the skin. Latex allergies affect 1% of the population. Reactions to latex can range from mild irritation to fatal anaphylaxis. If you experience irritation, rashes, hives, runny nose, or trouble breathing, remove your mask and seek medical attention immediately.

Silicone masks are typically more expensive than latex masks but provide incredibly realistic and detailed looks. Generally, they do not cause a reaction and are safe for most people to wear.

Cloth masks are the most breathable option, especially cotton or silk masks. They allow for better airflow and are less likely to cause sweating or oil buildup. However, you must wash cloth masks regularly. Bacteria and fungi thrive on fabrics, leading to breakouts and infections.

There's no need to ghost on great skin this Halloween. With so many great options online and in stores, you'll find the perfect mask to complete your costume.