How to deal with vi-brow (that's acne and irritation caused by wearing a visor)

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown up a load of challenges we didn’t expect.

Alongside all the lingering effects of lockdown (it’s even made our car sickness worse), we’re also navigating a new world of wearing face masks and visors – which have brought about their own issues.

If you’ve been donning face coverings – and we hope you have – you may have experienced the curse of maskne; acne, redness, and irritation caused by wearing face masks.

But if you’re someone who has to wear a visor or face shield, that has its own skin issue with its own catchy name: the vi-brow.

The vi-brow describes spots, redness, and soreness localised to the area on the forehead underneath a visor’s headband.

After a long day at work wearing a face shield, you might come home to find your skin is especially oily and sweaty in this area, and, over time, you’ll notice some spots popping up.

Of course, just not wearing a visor isn’t often an option. The good news, though, is that there are ways to tackle the vi-brow and ditch that rather unfortunate band of problem skin.

Dermatologist Dr Hiba Injibar, the founder of Harley Street’s Dermsurger Clinic, gives four simple tips:

How to deal with vi-brow:

  • Clean your visor lining regularly using a mild soap or shampoo. Just make sure you wash all the soap/shampoo off afterwards or it may irritate your skin next time you start to sweat
  • If you sport a fringe try and keep it pinned back otherwise sweat and oil from your scalp will work their way down the hair onto your forehead causing your pores to get clogged up
  • Cleanse on the go – clean your skin as soon as you take your visor off
  • If you already have vi-Brow use a spot treatment with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide

Along with keeping your visor clean, it’s important to cleanse your skin the moment you get home after a long day.

Don’t react to spots by ditching the moisturiser – it’s vital to keep your skin hydrated and nourished, especially when the friction of your visor may cause irritation along with pimples.

And avoid foundation, at least on the band where your visor sits (no one will see it anyway). You’re already dealing with sweat, oils, and the fabric of the visor’s headband sitting on your skin, so why throw a skin-clogging makeup product into the mix?

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