When MCO first came into force across most states in Malaysia, most of us thought we’ll be able to save some money from not eating out and commuting to work.

Well, you also thought with less exposure to pollutants and mask wearing, our skin will be clear and healthy, didn’t you? Unfortunately, for some reasons, we’re having acne flare ups and dull skin tone.

Research has shown that in England, 29% have noted an increase in acne or blackheads during lockdown.

I like to call it the ‘Indoor Face’ The effect of being stuck indoors can quite literally be seen on our faces.

Here’s a few reasons:

  1. Stress

You are obviously concerned about the pandemic gripping our finances. Pressure messes around with our hormornes thereful leading to increased oil production. This gives rise to awful skin conditions and impair the healing response. It can be a trigger to acne, eczema and psoriasis too.

2. Touching your face more regularly

You’re definitely doing it, I gurantee, even without noticing it. Sitting in front of a computer all day for Zoom meetings means you might be leanding on your hands and touching the face more often. This leads to inflammation which promotes acne breakouts.

3. Too much of anything is a bad thing

With extra time on hands, ( and attractive MCO online sales) you might have gone overboard with skincare. Face scrubs, clay mask and exfoliating peels used all together can cause skin irritation. In fact, anything in excess can be harmful. We need to achieve the right balance between exfoliating & moisturising.

4. Lifestyle changes

To put it bluntly, COVID 19 has messed up everyone’s lives, throwing off daily routines and schedules. That shift in your day to day can impact your skin and stress hormones in several ways.

5. Diet

You are eating differently. Have you been indulging in comfort food and baking more sweet treats at home? Sugar causes more oil production thus acne breakout.

6. Slacking on skincare

It is essential to apply sun screen even at home. UVA rays penetrate through glass so even though you may not get sunburnt, but you’re still at risk of UV damage ( read: premature skin aging) Lack of sun protection can exacerbate multiple skin problems like rash or rosacea.

7. Increased screen usage

As we are anxiously looking at phone/laptop screens for news updates and binging on Netflix, our skin is becoming more exposed to blue light – which breaks down collagen and causes photo-aging. ( reads: increase in those pesky fine lines and dull skin tone)

Aside from stating the obvious like the cleansing, exfoliating and cultivating good diet & sleep habits, in my personal opinion, MCO is the perfect time to reflect and reconnect with our self care regime.

We finally have time to read up more and not stock up on unnecessary skin care products. It’s a great opportunity to try out new products (as opposed to trying new products 2 weeks before a festive reason, as I mentioned in my previous blogpost) and by gradually adding in products, we will be able to identify any ingredients that do not agree with our skin and stop using it before causing any long term damage.

If you haven’t found a reliable regime, I’d like to suggest 3 essential skincare products to combat dull skin:

If you are suffering from maskne, changing a new fabric can reduce chances of breakout. However, do make sure the masks are cleaned daily in hot water with a mild, fragrance free laundry detergent and dried on higher settings in the dryer.

If you are experiencing dry skin and unable to reach out to your favourite salon for a hydrating facial, consider having Profhilo treatment done at a clinic for an extra boost hydration and lifting. You only need 2-3 treatments a year for that.


There isn’t a one size fits all treatment and choosing a right medical practitioner can assess your skin carefully to recommend a suitable treatment for you.

For more advices, kindly contact Kaiteki at 011-33017188/010-3681400 to schedule an appointment with our friendly doctors.


Petaling Jaya Branch:

Kaiteki Skin Aesthetic Laser, B-1-03, The Hub SS2, 19 Sentral, Jalan Harapan, Seksyen 19, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.


Kuala Lumpur Branch :

Kaiteki Clinic, C-5-G, Jalil Link 2, Jalan Jalil Perkasa 1, 57000, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.

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Dr Jessie Lim is a LCP-board certified Aesthetic Physician with MD and post-graduate certification in Aesthetics from Medical Aesthetic Certification and American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM). She is highly specialised with special focus in filler injectables and laser therapies. Both lively and lovely, she emits a welcoming aura to everyone around her. Her warm-heartedness and genuine personality quickly bridges the gap between patients, which is crucial for her in understanding and managing a patient’s concerns and expectations.
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