Maskne Skincare Essentials: Rosa Damask Serum

Maskne, or acne under the face mask has become more common as wearing a face mask becomes the new norm. To address this, we should start incorporating maskne products in our skincare routine to keep breakouts at bay. In this article, we will explain the science behind the main power antioxidant ingredient in the Rosa Damask Serum. This formula treats enlarged pores, controls the root of oil production and contains hydrating humectant glycerin to lock in moisture. Targeting combination/oily skin with additional anti-ageing benefits, the Rosa Damask Serum is the ideal maskne toner for every skin type.

What is Rosa Damask Serum?

It is a skincare product that delivers high concentrations of specific active ingredients, namely Rosa Damask, to the skin. This serum deeply penetrates the skin, enriching and improving one’s skin complexion. It is light, quickly absorbed and 100% plant-based – this is your shortcut to a healthy glow.

Rosa Damask, known as Rosa damascena mill L, is one of the most important species of Rosaceae family. However, not all roses are equally beneficial for the skin. The damask rose, crowned queen of all roses, is well-known for being the most powerful and effective natural skincare ingredient. It contains a complex array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that boosts the skin and increases inner skin nourishment. Particularly, it is an ingredient of cosmetic, health care products, folk medicine as well as in aromatherapy. 

Main benefits of Rosa Damask Serum as a maskne skincare essential:


Generally, the Rosa Damask serum helps to reduce the visible signs of ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation. Rose oils contain high levels of vitamin A, which increases skin-cell turnover and reduces wrinkles, and vitamin C, which helps even skin tone. Therefore, it is able to help improve skin elasticity, boosting fresh and youthful skin. Similar to many aromatic and medicinal plants, Rosa Damascene exhibits antioxidant properties.

Additionally, sources of natural antioxidant are primarily phenolics compound that is found in all parts of plants. Kumar et al (2009) have shown that there is a presence of phenolic compounds in an ethanolic extract of R. damascene. To illustrate, antioxidants are essential anti-ageing agents, protecting the skin cells from free radicals that can result in premature ageing.

Moisturizing effect

Rosa Damask has skin balancing properties, being able to gently soothe and restore the skin’s natural moisture level, hydrating the skin for long-lasting moisture. In addition, this hydrating effect helps reduce the visible signs of ageing such as dehydration, which results in dullness, pigmentation, wrinkles and fine lines. At the same time, Rosa Damask serum helps to improve the skin’s natural moisture barrier for protection against the external environment. Therefore it aids in soothing sensitive and irritated skin types.

Repairs the skin barrier

To begin with, in a study conducted, rose absolute oil inhibited proliferation and induced the expression of filaggrin in cultured keratinocytes in vitro. Coversely, in vivo, 0.1% rose absolute oil reduced the transepidermal water loss. In short, it helped improve the skin barrier function by reducing the amount of water loss from the epidermis of the skin. Furthermore, the 0.1% rose oil also increased the expression of filaggrin in tape-stripped skin of hairless mice.

Therefore, Rosa Damask serum is able to enhance keratinocyte differentiation, increase filaggrin production and accelerate the recovery of the damaged skin barrier. It is able to exert beneficial effects on skin texture and improve skin texture. In summary, Rosa Damask serum is effective for repairing the skin barrier in skin diseases such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. 

Antimicrobial effects

It has also been shown that Rosa damascena has wide spectrum antimicrobial activities. Ulusoy et al (2009) showed that Rosa damascena has strong antibacterial activity against Escherichia coliPseudomonas aeruginosaB. subtilisStaph. aureusChromobacterium violaceum and Erwinia carotovora strains. There is also antibacterial activity against both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria including Cutibacterium acnes. Cutibacterium acnes proliferates within microcomedone in the skin and results in the inflammation of a commedone to a papule, pustule or nodule. Hence, Rosa Damask serum is notably able to improve acne and be an ideal maskne skincare. 

Maskne skincare: Rose Antioxidant Serum

The Rosa Damask Antioxidant Serum is a freshly compounded, refillable product by Dr.TWL Pharmacy. It helps to treat enlarged pores with anti-oxidant rosa damask extract, and controls root of oil production, targeting combination/oily skin with additional anti-aging benefits. Additionally, it contains hydrating humectant glycerin to lock in moisture for total skin hydration.


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Boskabady MH, Shafei MN, Saberi Z, Amini S. Pharmacological effects of rosa damascena. Iran J Basic Med Sci. 2011;14(4):295-307.

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