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How to Treat Irritations & Inflammations from Wearing Surgical Masks

How to Treat Irritations & Inflammations from Wearing Surgical Masks

February 04, 2020

Recently, everyone is wearing surgical mask for hours every single day, and for many, that means sensitivity, itchiness, inflammation and acne, and in severe cases, eczema and rosacea! In order to reduce potential skin issues or relieve symptoms that have already appeared, choosing the right skin care products is a must. The following masks, cleansers, serums and moisturizers that we recommend may be able to help.



Humidity and heat get trapped on the surface of the skin when wearing a surgical mask. This causes not only oil and water imbalances, but also bacteria to grow. Using a mask rich in live probiotic cultures can greatly increase the number of good bacteria on the skin and help fight off the bad bacteria; whereas prebiotic can provide nutrients for the good bacteria and probiotics on the skin, keeping them strong enough to fight. This combo can rebalance the skin’s flora and fauna, and reduce the appearances of dermatitis, eczema, rosacea, sensitivity and acne.

Marie Reynolds London Restore | Ambrosia | Hong Kong

Restore <- Click to shop

The only skincare product on the market containing 8 strains of live probiotic cultures, together with other ingredients such as hemp protein, and super antioxidants Açai Berry and Acerola Cherry, it effectively fights against bacteria, fungi, parasites and yeast, reduces redness, itchiness and inflammations, whilst repairing the skin.

4tify™  <- Click to shop

With a high concentration of Pea Protein and Baobab, a natural prebiotic, plus super antioxidants including Spinach, Chlorella, Spirulina, Açai Berry, Dandelion Root and Green Tea, the anti-inflammatory formula provides nutrients for the good bacteria, stimulates collagen synthesis and tissue regeneration, soothes and reduces redness.



Excessive cleansing can damage the skin's ability to fend off bacteria. To reduce acne, blemishes and oiliness, opt for a gentle cleansing product with soothing and anti-inflammatory effect in the morning and evening to remove daily grime and dirt.

KLUR Gentle Matter | Ambrosia | Hong Kong

Gentle Matter Daily Moisture Cleanser  <- Click to shop

Fortified with anti-inflammatory Gotu Kola, detoxifying and anti-acne Dandelion, enzymatic Papaya, antioxidant powerhouse Green Tea and White Tea, soothing Calendula, Gingko and Irish Moss etc., the ultra-hydrating formula delicately cleanses and lifts impurities while maintaining moisture levels.

Marie Reynolds London Goji Mallow Cleanse | Ambrosia | Hong Kong

Goji Mallow Cleanse™  <- Click to shop

Enriched with super antioxidants Goji Berries, Açaí Berries and Oat Silk, as well as Neroli oil, Frankincense Oil and Rose Geranium Oil, it effectively cleanses and helps lock in moisture, provides essential nutrients, reduces inflammation and increases skin elasticity.



Hydration is not enough for skin health. One must also build a breathable barrier while providing sufficient vitamins, antioxidants and nutrition for the skin. Regularly removing dead skin cells and clearing the pores are equally important to reduce the growth of bacteria, allergens, humidity, etc. that causes skin troubles.

KLUR Symmetry Fluid Anti-Pollution Serum | Ambrosia | Hong Kong

Symmetry Fluid Anti-Pollution Serum  <- Click to shop

Rich in rare ingredients Astaxanthin and Fulvic Acid, as well as Red Algae, White Tea, Dandelion, Milk Thistle, Gotu Kola and Ginkgo, etc., it fights off inflammations and free radicals, detoxifies, removes heavy metals in the skin, brightens, reduces acne, promotes skin cell regeneration, strengthens and repairs the skin, and increases skin elasticity.

OUMERE No 9 Daily Chemical Exfoliant | Ambrosia | Hong Kong

No. 9 Daily Chemical Exfoliant  <- Click to shop

Contains natural AHA, BHA and PHA, together with Goldenseal, Licorice Root, Mulberry, and Aloe Leaf Juice, etc. to effectively remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, prevents acne, while providing anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and soothing actions. Gentle formula suitable for sensitive skin.



Do not use any heavy cream when wearing a surgical mask during the day, as the humid environment can breed bacteria and clog pores, increasing the chance of sensitivity, acne and redness. At night, use a moisturizer that helps to repair and strengthen the skin's lipid barrier, as continuous rubbing against the skin not only irritates, but can also damage the skin barrier, causing breakouts and inflammations.

Essential Bio-Technological Moisturiser  <- Click to shop

The organic formula includes Masterwort Leaf, Butterfly Bush, White Genepì, Mallow Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Saccharide Isomerate, Glycerin and Sodium Hyaluronate to hydrate and lock in moisture, balance and strengthen the lipid barrier, and repair sensitive skin.

ANFISA LILOU Regenerating Balm | Ambrosia | Hong Kong

LILOU Regenerating Balm  <- Click to shop

Highly anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and soothing, the organic formula rich in organic Blue Tansy, Helichrysum, Hemp Seed oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Green Tea, White Tea and Matcha, etc., helps to relieve sensitivity, redness and swelling, promote skin regeneration, strengthen the skin lipid barrier, restore water-oil balance while inhibiting elastin breakdown.


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