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How To Treat Common Skin Problems Like Acne And Rosacea You've Encountered During CB

Now that our monthly visits to the dermatologists and facialists are near impossible, skin may flare-ups are expected. When that happens, it is important to use the right products to treat the specific problem. We talk to Dr Melvin Tan, founder and director of Epion Clinic, as well as Dr YX Lum of IDS Clinic to share five common skin concerns that may arise during the circuit-breaker.

#1: Acne

Dr Lum shares that he is seeing more patients experiencing acne – and they include those who had relatively good skin prior to circuit breaker. He explains that it is likely due to the lack of facials and laser treatments, increased stress which can cause hormonal shifts, and increased humidity in the immediate surroundings.

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He adds that if the current skincare products are not helping to treat the condition, it is wise to consult a doctor. With teleconsultations readily available, doctors are able to provide their input and assurance, as well as to prescribe the right medication and skincare products. For example, antibiotics may be prescribed for more severe outbreaks. Dr Tan also highlights that antibiotic gels or oral medications are important to treat and calm severe acne.

#2: Skin Sensitivity

Dr Lum reckons that this is largely due to the wearing of masks whenever we head out. “The masks may be made of materials that may cause skin to be sensitised,” he adds. It is better to prevent it from occurring by ensuring the skincare products we use are packed with protective ingredients such as antioxidants like vitamin C, E and A, which are capable of protecting skin against free radicals in the environment.

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“Free radicals can harm the skin by reducing its collagen and elastic tissue. Moisturisers are very important right now. This is especially so for patients with sensitive skin to build a protective barrier against the mask, which might be made of materials that can be sensitive for some,” Dr Lum explains.

#3: Rosacea

Epion Clinic’s Dr Tan explains that since many patients are unable to get their regular facials and laser treatments, they may tend to develop rosacea – a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that results in redness, pimples, swelling, and small and superficial dilated blood vessels.

He also adds that if the condition gets worse, it is crucial to get in touch with a doctor. For most issues, sending photos or a phone consult is all that’s required to assess what the problem is and adjust your regimen.

#4: Dry Skin

Dr Tan believes that this condition is more prevalent for those who are constantly blasting the air-conditioners at home. “When this happens, it is important to include hyaluronic acid serums and moisturisers for as it is a superior ingredient when it comes to treating dry and dehydrated skin types,” he shares.

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#5: Skin Irritation, for both your hands and face

Dr Tan explains that with constant handwashing, the use of alcohol sanitisers and mask wearing, our complexions may be more prone to irritation and redness. He also adds that if the situation worsens, it is best to seek help from a doctor and ensure that you are using all your products as prescribed.

111Skin 3 Phase Anti Blemish Booster, $153, As its name suggests, this works to treat the three stages of acne. First, it prevents breakouts by regulating sebum production to reduce the likelihood of congestion and clogged pores, which may lead to acne. Next, it treats active acne by getting rid of acne-causing bacteria and reducing inflammation to calm the affected area. Lastly, it targets pigmentation and heals scarring for clearer skin. Also added to the formula: willow bark extract, which controls the skin’s sebum secretion, heals and refines the skin while anti-bacterial colloidal sulfur targets acne-causing bacteria, reducing inflammation. FOR ACNE
Kiehl’s Breakout Control Targeted Blemish Spot Treatment, $52, Applied directly on the acne, this immediately treats active pimples and repairs skin for a more even complexion thanks to sulfur, which fights off acne-inducing bacteria. Glycerin, allantoin and aloe vera then hydrate and soothe redness and the affected area. FOR ACNE
Kylaz Moisturizing Blemish Defence, $20, This is a lightweight moisturiser that repairs blemished skin with four key ingredients. Lysozyme is an enzyme that comes with anti-bacterial properties to control acne, further preventing the formation and occurrence of such unwanted breakouts. Colostrum acts as a shield to protect the skin against infections and even boosts skin’s immunity to prevent further skin damage. Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, hydrates, improves texture and reduces irritation. Lastly, acetyl glucosamine is an amino acid that works hand in hand with niacinamide to heal skin and increase collagen production.   FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Fresh Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice Antioxidant Face Serum, $45, A serum inspired by the nutritious benefits of cold-pressed juice, this is said to have over 480,000 microbubbles that contain a cocktail of ingredients such as vitamin C and E, beta carotene and coconut oil. The vitamins and minerals are rich in antioxidants to protect the skin from environmental aggressors and harmful free radicals that may cause sensitivity and lacklustre complexions. FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Kew Organics Sensitive Skin Rescue Cleanser, $160.75, This gently removes makeup and other impurities while repairing and soothing the skin. It also protects skin from the damaging effects of UV rays thanks to pumpkin and carrot extracts that are fortified with antioxidant-rich beta carotene to neutralise free radicals. Grapeseed extract also prevents premature skin ageing and inflammation. FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Sigi Skin Dream Capsule, $82, This is boosted with antioxidant-rich ingredients to repair skin exposed to radical damage. Omega-three fatty acids are responsible for reducing inflammation and redness, while treating existing acne scars. Squalane then repairs skin barrier that has been damaged by external aggressors in order to prevent sensitivity. FOR ROSACEA
Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $129, This gentle gel-type serum is formulated with hyaluronic acid that works together with a blend of botanical extracts like cucumber, thyme and olive leaves. These ingredients soothe and reduce the prominent redness of rosacea. FOR ROSACEA
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Fluide, $31.12, The brand’s Toleriane line is known for reducing the risks of allergies while calming and hydrating the skin. It also preserves and restores the skin’s microbial barrier, which is responsible for protecting the skin. The brand’s Thermal Water then relieves skin of dryness, tightness, tingling sensations and redness. FOR ROSACEA
Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Toner, $35, www, On top of its hydrating and soothing properties, this toner also protects the skin against dryness and other harmful aggressors that may further damage already sensitive skin. Antioxidants and essential lipids eliminate flakiness and leave skin feeling smooth and soft, making it suitable for those with rosacea or eczema. FOR DRY SKIN
Dior Hydra Life Deep Hydration Sorbet Water Essence, $110, This lightweight, refreshing essence is also suitable for oily but dehydrated complexions. Hyaluronic acid works alongside fruit acids and haberlea leaf extract to stimulate the production of lipids, fatty acids and humectants in the skin. When this happens, our complexions are better able to retain moisture as since our protective barrier is now strengthened, resulting in more resilient skin. FOR DRY SKIN
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate, $140, Here, hyaluronic acid is used to create an optimal environment for our skin to repair itself while we snooze, on top of delivering intense moisture. Additionally, a Power Signal Technology boosts the skin’s natural nightly repair system while amino acids improve cell turnover rate so you wake up with a fresher, smoother, and well-hydrated complexion. Stabilised salicylic acid and resveratrol help to reduce skin inflammation.   FOR DRY SKIN
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Hydrating Moisturiser, $96, This is saturated with three different molecular sizes of hyaluronic acid to penetrate deep within the dermis to quickly and effectively hydrate for soft and supple skin. Ceramides are also infused to repair skin barrier function for improved moisture retention. FOR SKIN IRRITATION
Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask, $45, An overnight sleeping mask formulated with centella asiatica, a hero ingredient at calming and soothing. It also helps to reinforce the skin’s barrier to withstand external irritation, which has been weakened when we’re exposed to the damaging UV rays and other external aggressors that increase oil and prevents moisture loss while we’re asleep. FOR SKIN IRRITATION
Dr Jart Cicapair Calming Gel Cream, $59, This gel-type moisturiser contains a Tiger Grass Complex, which is made out of centella asiatica, to soothe, repair and heal irritated complexions and keep redness at bay. A proprietary complex known as Jartbiome, which is formulated with four probiotic ferments, helps to rebalance the skin’s microbiome levels for stronger, more resilient complexions with cells that work in an optimal environment.   FOR SKIN IRRITATION
D program Balance Care Lotion, $40.90, Formulated with glycyrrhizinate, anti-acne bacterium and cork tree bark extract, this soothes inflammation that may have occurred due to the lack of essential sebum, resulting in dry, itchy complexions. It also restores the skin’s hydration levels using Shiseido’s exclusive Aqua-in-Pool complex.