Get Rid Of Problematic “Quarantine Skin” With These 5 Face Care Products

Get Rid Of Problematic “Quarantine Skin” With These 5 Face Care Products
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Staying at home during the lockdown can have its ups and downs. It can be beneficial in the sense that we get less exposure from smoke and other air pollutants, but changes in our sleeping patterns and the stresses of working from home may cause our skin to look dull. If you’re also experiencing dry or oily skin, chapped lips, or what we call “quarantine skin”, you might just find the holy grail routine that can work for you right here!

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Why do I have quarantine skin?

There are several factors to consider when taking care of our skin. Even the most expensive skincare products won’t benefit our skin much if we do not complement it with a lifestyle that is suitable to our body’s needs. If you are experiencing breakouts, these might be the reasons:

  1. Stress

    With the weight of a global pandemic on our shoulders, it is common for us to feel more stressed than usual. According to Dr. Ranella Hirsch, a dermatologist, it has been proven that stress can cause acne, skin breakouts, and dryness as well. "Stress can cause and exacerbate existing skin issues. It causes an increase in cortisol (a stress hormone) and androgenic hormones." Inflammation and an overproduction of oil lead to acne flare-up.

  2. Lack of sleep

    Because of stress and changes in our daily routine, our sleeping patterns can be affected too. We need sleep because it is during this time that our body’s stress hormone levels are reduced, dead skin cells are replaced, and our skin produces collagen. This explains why we have glowing skin in the morning compared to the rest of the day, or haven’t you noticed? Without a proper sleeping schedule, we are depriving our skin of rest and time for healing, which can mess with its pH levels and cause breakouts as well.

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  3. Food / Diet

    We can all relate that at some point during the quarantine, we have opted for fast-food takeouts and junk food for merienda. Unfortunately, unhealthy food can trigger skin issues as well. As explained by Marnie Nussbaum, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, “due to the mind-gut-skin connection, poor eating habits (like having too much sugar and refined foods) may lead to dysbiosis ('leaky gut syndrome') which can cause an inflammatory skin flare reaction.”

  4. “Maskne”

    Maskne, or mask acne, is the latest skin issue experienced by most of us, especially healthcare workers who are required to wear face masks throughout the day. The use of face masks can cause several skin conditions, with “maskne” serving as an umbrella term. In most cases, the friction, rubbing, stretching, and pressure on your sensitive skin are the reasons behind maskne, but it can also be due to your clogged pores caused by the build-up of oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells on your skin.

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Knowing this now, we need to establish a routine that is healthy, consistent, and efficient. Sleep and wake up on time, eliminate junk from your diet, eat more vitamin-rich foods, and choose the right mask to reduce breakouts and skin problems. It is easier said than done, true, but it can be done.

What products can help me?

Combined with a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet, a good skincare regimen is the missing piece to solve the puzzle. The effectivity of skincare products does not depend on their price tags; what we should focus on are the ingredients and claims -- so read the label, yes!

Here are several dermatologist-approved products to help you choose your quarantine skin care regimen.

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  1. Physiogel Daily Moisture Cleanser

    To avoid acne flare-ups, it is best to opt for a gentle cleanser to avoid irritation. Dr. Luisa Borromeo, a Fellow of the Philippine Dermatological Society, recommends Physiogel Daily Moisture Cleanser as it contains less chemicals to keep your skin supple and healthy.

    Available for Php 1,158 (900 ml) on Lazada.

  2. Caudalíe Vinopure Clear Skin Purifying Toner

    Dr. Yoram Harth suggests the use of products with salicylic acid, as it helps in eliminating acne-causing bacteria usually present in quarantine skin. “The best choice would be an acne treatment cream with a low percentage of benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Try to avoid adapalene (Differin) as it is much more irritating than benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid,” he says.

    Available for Php 1,625 (200 ml) on Sephora Philippines.

  3. CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion

    Ingredients like salicylic acid can be drying, which is why Dr. Yoram Harth suggests using moisturizers to keep our skin hydrated throughout the day. Especially now that we are required to wear face masks whenever we step out of the house, “an oil-free moisturizer helps to protect and repair your skin without clogging your pores. Apply a thin layer of a light, water-based moisturizer underneath your mask,” he explains.

    Available for Php 1,250 (89 ml) on BeautyMnl.

  4. Celeteque Sun Care Matte Moisturizer with SPF30

    Just because we’re spending most of our days at home does not mean we’re free from UV rays! In fact, even tinted windows from our cars and homes are not enough to block harmful rays from the sun. Dr. Luisa Borromeo approves of Celeteque’s Sun Care Matte Moisturizer to “delay aging process and prevent UV-induced dermatosis or skin problems.”

    Available for Php 230 (50 ml) on BeautyMnl.

  5. Biore UV Face Milk

    Dr. Nikki Paderna, a dermatology resident and blogger, recommends using sunscreen on a daily basis. She personally uses the Biore UV Face Milk, as it is perfect for those with oily skin. It also has a non-sticky texture, which makes it a good purchase for those living in humid countries like the Philippines.

    Available for Php 435 (30 ml) on Lazada.

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