To slow the spread of COVID-19, masks become the daily essentials. While masks are mandated in the summer, some people are struggling with “maskne,” also known as “mask acne” breakouts. Covering the face all day long together with the humid weather, it is easy to build up bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells and further result in clogged pores. Despite the skin problems, wearing masks is definitely not an option here! Here are the top 5 skincare products recommended by dermatologists that could help you maintain a glowy, unblemished skin.

Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

This is a gentle exfoliant that could be used daily, both AM and PM. The salicylic acid in this product helps you “clear and minimize enlarged pores, shed build-up layers of skin, and visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles.” This liquid exfoliant is light and quickly absorbed and allows you to apply makeup easily after exfoliation. Remember to always apply sunscreen since exfoliation can make your skin sensitive to sun exposure. 

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Youth to the people Superfood Cleanser 

This powerful cleanser is rich in natural and effective ingredients, such as kale, spinach, green tea, and vitamins C, E and K, to gently rid your skin of any dirt or makeup and give you a youthful glow. The vitamins in this cleanser will recover your skin from daily sun exposure and environmental damages. Furthermore, the alfalfa extract will help smoothen your skin and make it look radiant, even under a face mask! 

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Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum 

A little drop of this serum can do all the magic on your skin! It will have a long lasting eight-hour anti-oxidant effect and provide your skin with three-hour ultimate hydration. Apply this serum on your cleansed face and followed by a moisturizer to lock all the powerful ingredients and water into your skin. This serum will protect your skin from environmental pollutants, such as the bacteria in your mask, and help your skin recover quicker from acne. You will find your skin shining and hydrating in the morning and ready for another all-day long makeup. 

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Aesop B Triple C Facial Balancing Gel 

This Aesop serum is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants and is perfect for normal, combination, and oily skin within warm and humid environments. The transparent gel is easy to absorb and will give your skin and a nourishing after look. This product has an outstanding ingredient list. It contains magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, one of the most effective antioxidants for the skin, which will “increase skin’s hydration levels” and give it a calming effect after exposing it to various pollutants.  

Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen

Sunscreen is undoubtedly the most important skincare products. If you want the most effective results for your skin, never leave the house without sunscreen! With zinc being its first ingredient, the Biossance SPF 30 sunscreen is suitable for sensitive and acne prone skin, helping reduce acne-related redness. This product is lightweight and super hydrating that will give your skin a natural glow before applying makeup.

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Written by Irene Chung
Featured Photo: Kevin Laminto on Unsplash
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