To fully understand your skin's situation after a breakout, imagine it as yourself when you're running on no sleep. It's cranky, struggling to function, and dealing with it requires extra patience. So how exactly should we treat it to get it back on its (imaginary) feet? At this stage, you have to treat your skin as gently as you possibly can to prevent further irritation.
And to guide you through it, here's a simple regimen to nurse your skin back to health:
1. Multi-tasking cleanser
While your skin is getting back in shape, you should avoid any unnecessary rubbing and tugging. You can do this by shortening your cleansing routine with a one-step cleanser that removes makeup and makes your skin feel fresh and balanced.
Philosophy Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser, P1195, SM Megamall
2. Light, soothing moisturizer
If you broke out because of hormonal issues or an allergic reaction, it's best to give your skin a breather from the complicated skin care products. Hydrate your skin with light moisturizers packed with soothing ingredients like aloe vera and snail gels.
Tonymoly Pure Eco Snail Moisture Gel, P478, SM North Edsa
3. Facial Mist
Irritated skin has the tendency to be dry and flaky, so you shouldn't skimp on the hydration. And for convenience's sake, carry a hydrating face mist with you, especially if you spend most days inside an air-conditioned room.
Avene Thermal Spring Water, P852, Watsons
Continuous exposure to UV rays can darken acne scars and irritate inflamed areas on the skin, which is why you have to be extra vigilant about applying sunscreen. We recommend looking for products with SPF 50 or higher for longer lasting protection.
SunPlay Ultra Shield SPF 130, P399, Watsons
5. Sheer foundation
We wouldn't usually recommend makeup if you're letting your skin heal, but if you really want to, remember to keep it light. Just even out your complexion with a lightweight foundation and spot-conceal any major scarring. Don't cake on the makeup for now and be patient; your skin will have its better days sooner or later.
IMAGE Etude House
Etude House AC Clean Up Mild BB Cushion, P1098, SM Megamall