'Maskne' Proof: Our New Normal Routines to Save Skin from Breakouts

As we all slowly start going outside our homes, it's important for us to support our skin’s health amidst the changes in environment.

Now more than ever, our skin is exposed to huge stressors: more than long sun exposure and increased levels of free radicals and pollutants, we're highly prone to maskne (acne and irritation from the trapped bacteria and the friction from wearing our face masks).

Skin must be balanced, hydrated, and protected amidst these stressors. Here are our essentials for maximum protection and glow as we shift to the new normal (whatever normal means).

As a rule of thumb - “morning is when we protect our skin, the evening is when we address its problems.”


A Gentle Yet Effective Cleanser:

Femmue Briliant Cleansing Gel


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Your face isn't as dirty in the morning as it is at night, so your morning cleanse is preferably gentle yet effective. Femmue’s Brilliant Cleansing Gel is an A+ kick-starter for your A.M. routine. Not only is it hypoallergenic and light; it's oozing with antioxidants – Aloe and Blueberry extracts – for total skin protection.


A Lightweight and Hydrating Toner:

Dr. Barbara Sturm Balancing Toner

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Bring your skin’s pH to its ideal level with a toner that also helps your skin better absorb other skincare. Barbara Sturm’s Balancing Toner is hydrating, lightweight, and created with Purslane - rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals that damage the skin’s barrier and accelerate aging. It's also a miracle age-defying ingredient - it activates the telomerase enzyme that prevents your cells from aging.


Dark Spots Defense Serum:


Shop the FEMMUE Vital C

Now on to the exciting part – treatments! We're more prone to dark spots now that we're leaving our nests again. Vitamin C (and its many derivatives), is our all-time dark spots prevention superstar. Though we may crave potent and intense formulations, now isn't the time to be too risk-taking because we have to ease in to the environment. Femmue’s Vital C’s star ingredient is Ascorbyl Glucoside, a gentler derivative of Vitamin C that still delivers the benefits that our skin loves. Ascorbyl Glucoside is also a great antioxidant that will protect your skin from pesky free radicals.


Pollution and Blue Light Defense Serum:

Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Pollution Drops

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Save your skin from  Blue HEV light radiation (screen light that accelerates aging) and pollution. Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Anti-Pollution Drops is a serum filled with Purslane and marine microorganism extracts for protecting, soothing, and hydrating skin. You'll love how this serum has Sodium Hyaluronate (a concentrated form of Hyaluronic Acid) that totally boosts hydration for your skin.


Cream for Plump Glowing Skin:

Dr Barbara Sturm Face Cream

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To seal in all the goodness of the serums, use an easily absorbed moisturizer. Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Face Cream (or Face Cream Light, for folks with oily skin) is emollient but is easily absorbed for instant, long-lasting radiant glow. Made with Purslane and Skullcap extracts, it defends skin totally against pollutants, while giving incredible moisture with shea butter.

Antioxidant-rich SPF: 

Evidens de Beaute Anti-Pollution Total Shield SPF50 PA++++

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Again, at least as far as the skin is concerned, we despise the sun (we don’t like her, we don’t know her). But the sun is inevitable, so we’ll have to do the second-best option – wear SPF. Evidens de Beaute’s Anti-Pollution Total Shield has four types of filter and is rated with SPF50 PA++++ (yes, 4 pluses). Unlike usual sunscreens, it also has antioxidant benefits from Knotweed extract and added radiance from Vitamin E.




The First Cleanse:

FEMMUE Brilliant Cleansing Oil

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We're big fans of double cleansing, especially if you wear makeup and sun protection. For your first cleanse, you will love Femmue’s Brilliant Cleansing Oil, a genius lightweight combo of multiple oils that will wash away all makeup and sunscreen. Don't worry - this will NOT clog your pores.


The Second Cleanse:

Dr Barbara Sturm Enzyme Cleanser

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You could get creative with your second cleanse. Our best bet is alternating between Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Cleanser and Enzyme Cleanser. Infused with Purslane and Aloe, the Sturm Cleanser provides a gentle foam that will effectively cleanse your skin without disturbing its natural balance. The Enzyme Cleanser provides a deeper cleanse along with gentle exfoliation (if you have oily skin, you could get away with using the Enzyme Cleanser as a daily cleanser; if you have dry skin, use the enzyme cleanser 3x a week).


Multi-masking for Self-care:

Shop 111Skin Master Masking Set

Swap out the toner for an at-home spa experience with hydrating sheet masks! BFF Manila carries the well-loved masks of 111Skin (depending on your skin concern). The 111Skin Master Masking Set will give you a taste of the different masks that 111Skin offers. Among other cult favorites, it includes the Sub-Zero Depuffing Eye Mask to offset dark circles post the late-night Netflix binges.


Damage Repair:

111Skin Repair Serum

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After a tiring day exposed to pollution and changing weather, your skin needs over-all repair serums THAT DELIVER. 111Skin’s Y Theorem Repair Serum supports skin regeneration, boosts collagen production and reduces early signs of aging. It packs the brand’s patented NAC Y2 formula which mimics the technology that the house uses for post-surgery care.


Night Moisturizer:

111Skin Nocturnal Eclipse Recovery Cream NAC Y2, 50ml

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And to wrap it all up, use 111Skin’s Nocturnal Eclipse Recovery Cream as your night moisturizer. Rich in texture, the Recovery Cream infuses skin with anti-aging and hydrating ingredients to help the skin recover from daily environmental aggressors. We just love how this cream brings a healthy-looking and bright skin in the morning after use. Like the rest of the products in 111Skin’s Reparative line, this boasts the brand’s NAC Y2 formula (which we cannot get enough of!)


Trust the #BFFbeautyexperts:

Of course, we are happy to answer your questions should you have more specific skin concerns. DM us on Instagram (@bff_mnl) or through our BFF Beauty Experts concierge line (0918-8-BFFMNL) via text or Viber.



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