Talk about a sign of the times. Since mask-wearing started becoming a part of our daily lives, maskne – or acne mechanica, the breakout of the skin from the wearing of face masks – has also become a part of our vernacular. Throw hot and humid Singapore weather into the mix and even normally clear complexions are prone to flaring up, much less existing skin issues.
According to dermatologist Dr Cheong Lai Leng, consultant dermatologist at LL Cheong Skin & Laser Clinic, Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, aside from avoiding makeup under your mask and harsh products like peels, exfoliants and retinols, it is also important to a find an effective skincare routine that will take care of all of your skin care woes.
She shares: “Cleanse and moisturize your face daily. Gentle skin care can prevent skin problems. When washing your face, use a mild, fragrance-free cleanser. You want to apply moisturiser immediately after washing your face.”
After all, acne is more than just a cosmetic ailment – it’s also the cause of much psychological trauma, no matter your age. Here what you need to know about taking care of it once and for all.
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