Facial oil?

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Should I skip facial oil but my skin is oily on t zone , extremely dry on cheeks around…. and recently due to mask wearing, having some maskne around the cheeks area too!

Dr. Teo Wan Lin Answered question June 24, 2021

From your description, your skin type is mostly likely combination skin: a mix of skin types in the T-zone and cheeks. Instead of facial oil for the T-zone area, opt for serums that contain Hyaluronic acid, and for the dry cheek areas, look out for ingredients like ceramide, glycerin and squalane in your moisturisers.  

Maskne tips: 

The wearing of an occlusive face mask has implications for the absorption of skincare applied. A moist and humid environment increases the absorption of any topical applied to the skin, which in the case of acne treatments, can increase the irritation potential of the active ingredient(s). 

  • It is important to use a gently emulsifying cleanser for thorough cleansing. My recommendation is to use antibacterial cleansers using natural emulsifying ingredients such as medical-grade honey in the Miel Honey Cleanser. Medical grade purified honey functions as a broad-spectrum antimicrobial, with natural emulsifying properties and also humectant properties which keep the skin hydrated.
  • Avoid acne spot creams with synthetic active ingredients such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids as this will cause increased skin irritation under the occlusion of a face mask. Opt instead for acne formulations with botanical actives such as the Blemish Spot Cream which contains Chlorella Vulgaris, that works by regulating sebum production and promotes acne healing with its anti-inflammatory properties.
Dr. Teo Wan Lin Answered question June 24, 2021
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