Face Masks and Skin Sensitivity May 5, 2020May 5, 2020/drjosiefutrell/Leave a comment In the age of social distancing, what can I do to keep my cloth mask from irritating my skin? First of all, before wearing, wash your mask to remove starch and other harsh chemicals. Avoid makeup under the mask. Apply a protective balm to areas that rub. At night, use a gentle cleanser like Obagi, and apply epidermal repair cream (Skinceuticals). Pamper your face!