Aside from the immune system, our skin has been dramatically affected by COVID-19, hence raising skin concerns such as rashes and "maskne."
In layman's terms, "maskne" or mask acne are pimple-like bumps or breakouts caused by wearing a face mask.
At this time, the skin--which is the largest organ in the body, is going through a tough job preserving skin barriers.
The skin barrier helps us in two ways--physically and internally.
A healthy skin barrier helps protect us from external threats like allergens, infectious agents, chemicals, and systemic toxicity.
Moreover, it also acts as a shield against environmental aggressors, including pollution and harsh elements caused by the sun.
A sign of damaged skin barriers involves rough or flaky texture and having oily skin as it signals the body to produce more oil.
As for its internal function, skin barriers help preserve homeostasis and guard against enhanced water loss and moisture from the body.
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In a recent article by Woman and Home, Dr. Howard Murad, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Murad Skincare, explained that stress hormones, known as cortisol, significantly affect the skin's protective layers.
"It weakens the skin barrier and causes water to leak out of cells, dehydrating the skin and causing dullness, fine lines, and sensitive skin," he mentioned, as cited by the publication.
Fortunately, there are ways to combat and preserve the skin barriers using only three elements found in most beauty products.
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First on the list is ceramides or the component lipids that are made from fatty acid.
Moreover, it is found naturally in high concentrations in the uppermost layers of the skin.
According to Healthline.com, it helps lock in moisture into the skin, which aids in preventing dryness and irritation.
People who suffer from skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis have fewer ceramides in their skin.
Fortunately, there are tons of products in the market that feature a high concentration of ceramides.
La Roche-Posay's Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer is said to have a potent combination of ceramide 3, glycerin, prebiotic thermal water, and niacinamide that is suited for restorative hydration.
The second compound that needs for skin barrier repair is macadamia oil.
It is a potent source of vitamin E, which we all know is an excellent source of antioxidants.
Furthermore, this natural element is an excellent ingredient for moisturizer, as it mimics the skin's natural oils, leaving your skin with a natural glow.
Used as a dietary supplement and medication, niacinamide also works well with skincare.
It reduces the inflammation brought by acne, eczema, and other skin conditions.
Moreover, it also helps to minimize large pores' appearance while locking in moisture to the skin.
The Ordinary's niacinamide gained its popularity, all thanks to TikTok. Aside from being affordable, it has vitamin B3 that aids in reducing the appearance of skin blemishes.
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