These three steps will banish your skin woes caused by wearing face masks

Cadence Loh
·Lifestyle Editor
·4 min read

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Wearing masks has become part and parcel of our lives as we settle into the new normal. While we stay safe and abide by the health advisory of donning masks everywhere we go, is your skin bearing the brunt of it?

You may have noticed blemishes appearing on the part of your face that comes into contact with the mask. And yes, there’s actually a name for it. Called “Maskne” (mask + acne, get it?), these troubled spots are a result of long hours of wearing masks. But is there anything that can be done to counteract these cursed spots? Apart from cleansing masks with warm soapy water after every use, it pays to have more of them on hand for rotation in case they become soiled mid-day or do not dry in time for your next usage.

It also helps to fortify your skin inside and out. Here are three surefire ways to ensure your skin stays in tiptop condition, mask or no mask.

Step 1: Cleanse

First up, make sure your skin is squeaky clean before you put anything on it. If your pores are clogged with dirt trapped within, no expensive product can help. Get the job done with these highly reviewed cleansers and scrubs.

Tip: Make sure your hands are clean before you use them to clean your face. And no, washing your hands while cleaning your face doesn’t count.

PrescriptSkin, Glycolic Acid Gel Cleanser, 177ml, ₱445.11 (was ₱741.85)

PrescriptSkin, Glycolic Acid Gel Cleanser, 177ml, ₱445.11. PHOTO: iHerb
PrescriptSkin, Glycolic Acid Gel Cleanser, 177ml, ₱445.11. PHOTO: iHerb

Pyunkang Yul, ACNE, Facial Cleanser, 120ml, ₱445.11

Pyunkang Yul, ACNE, Facial Cleanser, 120ml, ₱445.11. PHOTO: iHerb
Pyunkang Yul, ACNE, Facial Cleanser, 120ml, ₱445.11. PHOTO: iHerb

Bulldog Skincare For Men, Original Face Wash, 150ml, ₱332.35

Bulldog Skincare For Men, Original Face Wash, 150ml, ₱332.35. PHOTO: iHerb
Bulldog Skincare For Men, Original Face Wash, 150ml, ₱332.35. PHOTO: iHerb

Alaffia, Neem Turmeric Cleanser with Yarrow & Moringa, 100ml, ₱592.99

Alaffia, Neem Turmeric Cleanser with Yarrow & Moringa, 100ml, ₱592.99. PHOTO: iHerb
Alaffia, Neem Turmeric Cleanser with Yarrow & Moringa, 100ml, ₱592.99. PHOTO: iHerb

Elizavecca, Milky Piggy Hell-Pore Clean Up Enzyme Powder Wash, 80g, ₱741.85

Elizavecca, Milky Piggy Hell-Pore Clean Up Enzyme Powder Wash, 80g, ₱741.85. PHOTO: iHerb
Elizavecca, Milky Piggy Hell-Pore Clean Up Enzyme Powder Wash, 80g, ₱741.85. PHOTO: iHerb

Desert Essence, Thoroughly Clean Face Wash, 946ml, ₱599.91

Desert Essence, Thoroughly Clean Face Wash, (946 ml), ₱599.91. PHOTO: iHerb
Desert Essence, Thoroughly Clean Face Wash, (946 ml), ₱599.91. PHOTO: iHerb

Andalou Naturals, Cleansing Milk, Apricot Probiotic, Age Defying, 178ml, SG$14.59

Andalou Naturals, Cleansing Milk, Apricot Probiotic, Age Defying, (178 ml), ₱512.37. PHOTO: iHerb
Andalou Naturals, Cleansing Milk, Apricot Probiotic, Age Defying, (178 ml), ₱512.37. PHOTO: iHerb

Azelique, Age Refining Skin Polish, Cleansing and Exfoliating, 85g, ₱870.44 (was ₱1,088.05)

Azelique, Age Refining Skin Polish, Cleansing and Exfoliating, (85 g), ₱870.44 (was ₱1,088.05). PHOTO: iHerb
Azelique, Age Refining Skin Polish, Cleansing and Exfoliating, (85 g), ₱870.44 (was ₱1,088.05). PHOTO: iHerb

Alba Botanica, Acne Dote, Face & Body Scrub, Oil-Free, 227g, ₱397.14

Alba Botanica, Acne Dote, Face & Body Scrub, Oil-Free, (227g), ₱397.14. PHOTO: iHerb
Alba Botanica, Acne Dote, Face & Body Scrub, Oil-Free, (227g), ₱397.14. PHOTO: iHerb

Step 2: Moisturise

A good moisturizer that suits your skin type and lifestyle acts as a protective layer against the pollutants in the environment. With our unforgiving climate, we need to ensure only the good stuff goes on our face. Here are three soothing face lotion that’s suited for our weather.

Tip: Always check the ingredients list and say no to parabens which are harmful to your skin.

PrescriptSkin, Glycolic Acid Cream 5%, 44g, ₱534.13 (was ₱890.22)

PrescriptSkin, Glycolic Acid Cream 5%, 44g, ₱534.13. PHOTO: iHerb
PrescriptSkin, Glycolic Acid Cream 5%, 44g, ₱534.13. PHOTO: iHerb

Pyunkang Yul, ACNE, Cream, 50ml, ₱756.69

Pyunkang Yul, ACNE, Cream, 50ml, ₱756.69. PHOTO: iHerb
Pyunkang Yul, ACNE, Cream, 50ml, ₱756.69. PHOTO: iHerb

Cane + Austin, Acne Retexture Pad, 2% Salicylic Acid / 5% Glycolic Acid, 60 Peels, ₱3,461.98

Cane + Austin, Acne Retexture Pad, 2% Salicylic Acid / 5% Glycolic Acid, 60 Peels, ₱3,461.98. PHOTO: iHerb
Cane + Austin, Acne Retexture Pad, 2% Salicylic Acid / 5% Glycolic Acid, 60 Peels, ₱3,461.98. PHOTO: iHerb

Desert Essence, 100% Pure Jojoba Oil, For Hair, Skin and Scalp, 118ml, ₱553.42

Desert Essence, 100% Pure Jojoba Oil, For Hair, Skin and Scalp, (118 ml), ₱553.42. PHOTO: iHerb
Desert Essence, 100% Pure Jojoba Oil, For Hair, Skin and Scalp, (118 ml), ₱553.42. PHOTO: iHerb

Mild By Nature, Pycnogenol Serum (Cream), Soothing and Anti-Aging, 28g, ₱494.57

Mild By Nature, Pycnogenol Serum (Cream), Soothing and Anti-Aging, (28 g), ₱494.57. PHOTO: iHerb
Mild By Nature, Pycnogenol Serum (Cream), Soothing and Anti-Aging, (28 g), ₱494.57. PHOTO: iHerb

AnneMarie Borlind, ZZ Sensitive, Strengthening Facial Gel, 150ml, ₱960.45 (was ₱1,185.48)

AnneMarie Borlind, ZZ Sensitive, Strengthening Facial Gel, (150 ml), ₱960.45. PHOTO: iHerb
AnneMarie Borlind, ZZ Sensitive, Strengthening Facial Gel, (150 ml), ₱960.45. PHOTO: iHerb

Step 3: Fortify

Now that you have your skincare regimen down pat, it's time to consider the options you have to strengthen your skin from within. These supplements are known to aid in the building blocks of your skin and cartilage. Many reviewers have noticed an improvement in their skin after consuming these skin-loving supplements. However, do note that our skin regenerates every 28 days, so give it some time for the results to show.

Tip: Collagen is derived from marine life, and some may not be accustomed to its taste. Try mixing your collagen powder with your favourite beverage or consume them in the form of tablets. Better still, try plant-derived ingredients like Hyaluronic acid or Pycnogenol that are said to aid in collagen production as well.

Now Foods, Astaxanthin, 4mg, 60 Veggie Softgels, ₱474.79

Now Foods, Astaxanthin, 4 mg, 60 Veggie Softgels, ₱474.79. PHOTO: iHerb
Now Foods, Astaxanthin, 4 mg, 60 Veggie Softgels, ₱474.79. PHOTO: iHerb

Now Foods, Natural Resveratrol, 200mg, 120 Veg Capsules, ₱1,187.46

Now Foods, Natural Resveratrol, 200 mg, 120 Veg Capsules, ₱1,187.46. PHOTO: iHerb
Now Foods, Natural Resveratrol, 200 mg, 120 Veg Capsules, ₱1,187.46. PHOTO: iHerb

Solumeve, Radiant Beauty, Grass-Fed Collagen, Probiotics & Superfruits Powdered Drink Mix, Citrus, 454g, ₱728.99 (was ₱1,088.05)

Solumeve, Radiant Beauty, Grass-Fed Collagen, Probiotics & Superfruits Powdered Drink Mix, Citrus, 454g, ₱728.99. PHOTO: iHerb
Solumeve, Radiant Beauty, Grass-Fed Collagen, Probiotics & Superfruits Powdered Drink Mix, Citrus, 454g, ₱728.99. PHOTO: iHerb

Solgar, Skin, Nails & Hair, Advanced MSM Formula, 60 Tablets, ₱537.60

Solgar, Skin, Nails & Hair, Advanced MSM Formula, 60 Tablets, ₱537.60. PHOTO: iHerb
Solgar, Skin, Nails & Hair, Advanced MSM Formula, 60 Tablets, ₱537.60. PHOTO: iHerb

Life Extension, Hair, Skin & Nails, Collagen Plus Formula, 120 Tablets, ₱1,186.97

Life Extension, Hair, Skin & Nails, Collagen Plus Formula, 120 Tablets, ₱1,186.97. PHOTO: iHerb
Life Extension, Hair, Skin & Nails, Collagen Plus Formula, 120 Tablets, ₱1,186.97. PHOTO: iHerb

Vita Logic, Smart Skin, 90 Capsules, ₱898.14

Vita Logic, Smart Skin, 90 Capsules, ₱898.14. PHOTO: iHerb
Vita Logic, Smart Skin, 90 Capsules, ₱898.14. PHOTO: iHerb

Country Life, Tri Layer Maxi-Skin Collagen + C & A, 90 Tablets, ₱875.02

Country Life, Tri Layer Maxi-Skin Collagen + C & A, 90 Tablets, ₱875.02. PHOTO: iHerb
Country Life, Tri Layer Maxi-Skin Collagen + C & A, 90 Tablets, ₱875.02. PHOTO: iHerb

California Gold Nutrition, CollagenUP, Marine Collagen + Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin C, 206g, ₱741.85

California Gold Nutrition, CollagenUP, Marine Collagen + Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin C, (206g), ₱741.85. PHOTO: iHerb
California Gold Nutrition, CollagenUP, Marine Collagen + Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin C, (206g), ₱741.85. PHOTO: iHerb

California Gold Nutrition, Hyaluronic Acid Complex, 60 Veggie Capsules, ₱692.40

California Gold Nutrition, Hyaluronic Acid Complex, 60 Veggie Capsules, ₱692.40. PHOTO: iHerb
California Gold Nutrition, Hyaluronic Acid Complex, 60 Veggie Capsules, ₱692.40. PHOTO: iHerb

Now Foods, Pycnogenol, 60mg, 50 Veg Capsules, ₱1,306.65

Now Foods, Pycnogenol, 60 mg, 50 Veg Capsules, ₱1,306.65. PHOTO: iHerb
Now Foods, Pycnogenol, 60 mg, 50 Veg Capsules, ₱1,306.65. PHOTO: iHerb

Do not expect skin woes to resolve overnight. Be patient and kind to yourself. Meanwhile, think happy thoughts and the rest will follow!

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