• Darlene Walchuk

Covid19 and its effect on our Skin

COVID19 has had a lasting effect on many aspects of human behaviour, one of the least expected being a noticeable change in skin.

This is not as a direct result of the pandemic, but rather the impact that it has had on our routines. Less exercise due to being in lockdown; general anxiety and less sleep; binge eating and drinking; and computer screens for longer times, have all led to changes in how our skin behaves.

We have seen a real change in the kind of problems that people are trying to treat and the products that they are searching for as a result.

The most common COVID-induced skin problems and concerns are:


This term refers to acne or blemishes that appear as a result of wearing a face mask. It is caused by the trapping of high moisture content and bacteria on the skin, resulting in a disruption of the skin barrier.

One way to successfully prevent Maskne is to use a moisturiser that contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Another option is to invest in a face mist, which will instantly hydrate and protect the skin. The problem is largely topical and can be managed with a good cleansing routine.

Zoom/Skype Meetings

During lockdown, the general population spent a lot of time on a computer screen or in video calls. This has resulted in many people being more critical of their appearance and searching for ways to address these perceived concerns for the first time.

There have been two main concerns that have skyrocketed as a result -

1. People have noticed their frown especially when focusing or concentrating, and feel it makes them look angry.

The best approach to this problem is Botox, however, some people may need filler too, especially if lines are deep and have been visible for a number of years.

2. A drawn appearance caused by laxity and visible jowls, which is typically caused by looking down towards the screen.

The most effective solution is dermal fillers, which will return volume to the drawn tired looking areas and help lift structures in the face, including the jowls.

However, not everyone wants to invest in injectables, so there are some amazing products that can also be used which can lighten, brighten, and tighten the skin, giving a younger and more youthful appearance.

When it comes to any aesthetic medicine everyone should seek advice from a professional, before committing to any decisions.

Secret Faces provides the best in medical aesthetics and the ultimate rejuvenating experience. Owned and operated by Darlene Walchuk RN, BScN.

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