If you wear a mask for more than a few hours, you might notice cracks at the side of the mouth when you take it off. As we age, tissue loss around the mouth can cause moisture build-up and this can get worse when wearing masks, causing irritation.
Take extra care of your skin on the lips and around the mouth. For very dry lips, exfoliate every few days – use a spare dry toothbrush with a dab of Vaseline and rub gently in a circular motion. Use a good lip balm every day too.
Try Avene Cicalfate Repair Cream, £7.50, which is formulated to help heal cracked skin while maintaining moisture levels.
If redness of cracks are particularly bad, see your doctor or chemist as an anti-fungal cream may help.
For a more high-tech cure, hyaluronic acid filler injections can give immediate relief as they fill in the grooves to help make the angles in the corners of the mouth much less deep. From £250.