By: Andrew FrieseBuzzfeed, 5 November 2018What’s the first thing you think of when you see a photo of yourself wearing a face mask?
The first thing to say is, “Oh, that’s my face mask!
And I’ve been wearing it for years.”
That’s the image that gets painted over every time someone wears a face shield, a mask that protects your face from the sun’s harmful rays.
But research suggests that while this mask may have helped you stay cool and protected for a long time, it also has some nasty side effects.
The most common side effects are dry skin, aching muscles, and headaches.
And according to the World Health Organization, a face-mask-wearing person can experience “nausea, chest pain, dizziness, blurred vision, headaches, and skin rash.”
According to Dr. Elizabeth L. Deaton, associate professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School, mask use may be the reason you might be experiencing these side effects:The mask is supposed to provide the most protection from the damaging rays of the sun, but the mask does just the opposite: it causes your skin to become more sensitive.
In an effort to understand what happens to your skin after you wear a face protectant, we’ve put together this infographic to show you what the mask is actually doing to your body, and how it might help.
You can learn more about your skin’s response to sunscreen by visiting our article on sunscreen.