Thank you to
my IG followers who always inspired me to create my blog content based on their
questions. And one of the most asked is: “I want to develop a skincare routine
for my fungal-acne prone skin but everything is expensive, how can I create one
that’s easy to my pocket?”
Well, it is quite a challenge to find skincare products below IDR200K each that’s safe for fungal-acne. But, after all the soul-searching (on skincarisma & cosdna of course), and I included some of local brands (because they’re easier to find), here’s what I found!
Still under the budget? Well, you can skip some steps like essence. So go straight to serum after toner. And you can skip ampoule too. Basically, all you need is: cleanser, toner, moisturizer and SPF (in the morning) or spot treatment (at night). So feel free to adjust according to your budget.
PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA & FROM VARIOUS BRAND’S WEBSITES
Sulwhasoo Indonesia for sending me this for honest review.
Sulwhasoo for their luxurious packaging. This Sheer Lasting Gel Cushion
box, there are two puffs and they’re not ordinary cushion puffs. They’re
specially designed 3D puff with squares like texture to make application more
even and smooth.
this cushion different?
the micro mess on top. I believe this help to control the dosage when you tap
the puff on it, so it’ll perfectly deliver what it claimed: feather-light
complexion with sheer glow with just one single touch.
light gel (almost watery in some extent) that dries down to a semi-matte
product’s brochure, it contains SPF35 PA++ with Sea Buckthorn Berries as one of
the main ingredient (for a vibrant complexion).
Shade: They sent me No 23, which is Natural Beige (it perfectly matched my skin tone at the moment). FYI, they carry 5 shades in Indonesia.
Now, let’s see how this applied on my face.
this is not safe for fungal acne prone skin when I checked on skincarisma.com.
But the triggers’ ingredients are way below the top 5 ingredients, so I felt a
bit safe when I use this. So far, it didn’t trigger my fungal acne (God
certainly made ripples in the makeup world. New brow product features two
shades (one darker and one lighter) in one pencil, with marble-like textures
(look closely and you shall find).
They come in
a nice box (sorry I forgot to take the pic of the box), complete with
instructions on how to use the pencil and a sharpener. Available in two shades,
Marble Grey and Marble Brown. Priced at IDR139K a pop, I think it’s a
reasonable price, considering they come with spoolie brush at the other end of
the pencil and a sharpener (made in Germany).
I had my eyebrows embroidered by the one and only Anggie Rassly who collaborate
with Lakme to create these gorgeous looking pencils, I still use eyebrow pencil
daily to accentuate them. And I like my eyebrow pencil to: last all day (who
touch up their eyebrows, seriously?), slightly waxy and hard, doesn’t break
easily and looks as natural as possible. Of course, Lakme Absolute Reinvent X
Anggie Rassly Precision Marble Brow Pencil checked all my boxes.
Go buy this if you like:
friendly eyebrows pencil
spoolie brush that comes with the pencil
Where to buy? Lakme boutiques (Central Park & Senayan City, Jakarta), department stores, local cosmetic stores and online
who are scared of the risks and side effects of dermabrasion, chemical peeling
and laser-resurfacing, Microneedle therapy is the one way to go. It is one of
the proven skin therapy used by most dermatologists, to reduce and soften
scars, fine lines and large pores. Since I do have large pores, uneven skin
texture and many scars left (from facial back in the old days and currently
cauter’s scars), I decided to purchase microneedle roller for at home
upon this brand named ORA (www.beautyora.com) from Los Angeles, US. They have a few
ranges available, but I decided to start with the lowest needle depth (0,25mm).
Why? Because the longer the needles, the deeper the wound, causing it to bleed
(which also means longer recovery time). Usually dermatologists will go with
longer needle, and they’ll use topical anesthetic before the procedure. But
with 0,25mm needle depth, there’s no need to apply topical anesthetic because
it won’t cause any bleeding on skin. The worst thing that can happen to your
skin with this needle depth is redness, but it’ll go away overnight.
540 stainless steel needles (don’t worry they are extremely fine), that they
claimed will help penetrate the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin
production. Result? Thicker, healthier skin and a smoother appearance to areas
with wrinkles and scars. Obviously, pores will open due to the needle action,
but this will help to increase absorption and penetration of skincare
painful? Well, beauty is pain, dear. It won’t make you bleed (if you use 0,25mm
needle like me), but you can certainly feel something. If you have thin skin
like mine, 10 times back and forth rolling will be enough to make the skin
looks red. Because it basically pricked the skin, of course it’ll make skin
felt pricked. But no worries, that minor pain (more like a sunburn pain) will
be gone overnight, so I do recommend to do the rolling at night time before you
go to sleep.
Dip the roller inside alcohol to disinfect
before and after use. Usually I left mine for 10 minutes. Let it dry before
Skip eyes area, as the skin there are a lot
Always do the rolling on clean and dry skin.
Don’t press too hard, just let it roll in
each direction (horizontally, vertically and diagonally) for 5-10 times.
Use a powerful serum straight after you roll.
My favorite is Dear Klairs Midnight Blue Youth Activating Drop that will tone
down the redness.
Skip active ingredients like benzoyl
peroxide, salicylic acid and tretinoin after rolling. Instead, stick to your
basic skincare routine.
Let your skin breathe by skipping makeup within
24 hours after doing the rolling.
Don’t use this on open wounds (that include
active acnes). Mind you, this is not a pimple roller.
Don’t skip sunscreen the morning after.
Just like your toothbrush, please do not
share roller with anyone.
I do this once a week every Friday night,
because I rarely go out on Saturday. Use your best judgment on how often should
you roll, depending on how your skin takes it.
Not every beauty
products that I’ve personally purchased and tried actually made it here.
Especially those that just didn’t work on me, or I simply didn’t get the hype.
note that everyone is different. So what might not work for me, might work for
you. I’m just going to write down the format, not that I dislike the brand and
their specific products per se.
Thanks to my
oily eyelids and humid weather here in Jakarta where I live, this format of eye
color didn’t seem to work on me.
No. Just no.
Don’t get me wrong. I do exfoliate daily. But, just not with these kind. I
didn’t enjoy using this thick wet paper that felt rough on skin.
I guess I’m
an old soul. I prefer my toner to be poured on a piece of cotton pads.
I know some
claimed to give flawless finish, but I just prefer face powder that have the
same shade as my skin tone.
cushion will work and look better on dry skin on drier and colder climates. That’s all.
Thanks to my
fungal acne prone skin, it is very hard to find cleansing oil that safe. So,
this is a pass (unfortunately, because I actually love how it cleansed well for
heavy makeup wearer like me).
For those who enjoy wearing them, lucky you. As much as I want to like them, I just don’t like their gooey textures. I prefer compressed sheet mask mixed with my own hydrating toner.
Year, folks! This will be my first short blog post in 2019, so here we go…
If you follow my IG, you’ll know that I just got back from year-end family holiday in Hong Kong. Other than lots of culinary adventures, trip to drugstores are a must for me, too. Mind me, this is not a review post, just want to share what my haul are from the trip, including some transit haul (I just love Changi Airport-especially Watsons in T3 for fast shopping). Enjoy!
which will happen soon, is going to be another exciting year for skincare
enthusiast like me. Visited Cosmoprof 2018 in Hong Kong on November this year
with my boss and colleague, we saw a lot of new and interesting innovation,
coming from lots of skincare brand.
me, a person with sensitive and fungal-acne prone skin type, I’d rather be
careful and pick’n choose carefully. That’s why sticking to what I believe
worked on my skin, is key. Well, I won’t be a hypocrite, I might try new
stuffs, but I’ll make sure it’s safe.
post, I will share about skincare products that I love (and some are newly
discovered) along this year. And yeah, most probably I will repurchase by next
year (if I don’t find something new & safe for my skin).
PURITO DEFENCE BARRIER PH CLEANSER: new discovery this year and I love it.
Lightly scented, cleanse perfectly and does not leave that gooey sensation
BIODERMA SENSIBIO H2O: been using this since forever, I guess.
Cleanse makeup without any stinging sensation.
HADA LABO TAMAGOHADA MILD PEELING LOTION: new discovery this year, and have been in
love with this exfoliating toner ever since. Unscented and does not sting.
SKIN AQUA UV MOISTURE MILK SPF50+ PA+++: it’s hard to find sunscreen which is safe
for fungal-acne prone skin, so when I found this, it’s a winner. Super
affordable, easy to get and does not leave white cast.
KLAIRS SUPPLE PREPARATION UNSCENTED TONER: yes, it might be a bit hard to absorb if
apply with patting technique. But I believe this hydrating toner really
hydrates, even though I just apply one layer.
DRUNK ELEPHANT T.L.C FRAMBOOS GLYCOLIC NIGHT
SERUM: expensive AF, but that’s why it
works like a charm. I apply this as a spot treatment when needed.
GOODAL GREEN TANGERINE VITA C DARK SPOT SERUM: totally a game changer for me this year. After
cauterization, I believe this spot serum helped me to diminish the spots
SKIN1004 MADAGASCAR CENTELLA ASIATICA 100
AMPOULE: super affordable and it lasts
like forever (thanks to the big bottle).
IUNIK CENTELLA CALMING GEL CREAM: favorite day moisturizer, because it
contains silicone which might not be good if apply at night (you don’t need
that blurring effect at night right?)
KLAIRS MIDNIGHT BLUE YOUTH ACTIVATING DROP: my after treatment HG serum. After microneedling or after laser therapy, this is my go to serum. Usually I apply this by its’ own at night time.
Sociolla and Secret Key Indonesia for sending me this PR Kit for honest review.
SNOW WHITE MILKY PACK
to be a wash-off facial mask. The thick texture is so opaquely white, frankly I
can’t imagine applying this on my face, but I will use it for darker parts on
my body, like knees and stuffs.
So, you are
supposed to apply this on clean, dry skin, and leave it on for two to three
minutes, then rinse (without soap). When rinsing, it felt like trying to get
rid of SPF with only water. So yes, the whitening effect is quite impressive,
but honestly this product confused me.
SNOW WHITE CREAM
stearic acid so might not be safe for fungal acne. But this is a very nice
moisturizing and brightening face cream to actually brighten up skin tone (also
contains niacinamide as one of their ingredients). They claimed that it’s also
an ‘all-in-one base cream’ so we can skip BB Cream, makeup base and
scented, the texture inside the jar packaging looks intimidatingly opaque white.
But, when applied, there’s when the magic happens. It immediately melted into clear
lotion texture when rubbed, absorb nicely and gave a smooth effect (from the
silicone as one of their ingredients).
this cream if it’s fungal-acne safe.
SNOW WHITE SPOT GEL
previous two, this comes in a gel texture. If you’ve been reading my blog,
you’ll know I have soft spot for gel texture because of my sensitive
fungal-acne prone skin. So, no wonder I like this mild and light gel.
this is not safe for fungal acne because it contains PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor
As the name stated, it is a spot gel and they recommend to use this on small areas which need brightening, like armpits, elbows, knees and bikini lines.
For me, this
year it was all about dealing with fungal acne issues and how to avoid them for
coming back. Yes, once you have it, you know that beastly yeasts are there
waiting to attack you again and again.
My first sign of fungal acne popped out on my temple. Then, when I forgot to take care of my neck, they appeared on the edge between my face and my neck. How irritating.
But, as they
said, learning by doing. I got used to the symptoms already, and immediately
will take action when needed. Here’s how I deal with mine.
sign of itchiness, go apply Nizoral on clean dry skin (after cleansing and
toning). Use this as the very last step (skip moisturizer) and usually the
itchiness will be gone asap. The rashes/textures will disappear within 3 days
For natural options, you can apply raw honey (yes, only use raw honey) on clean, dry skin as a facial mask. Leave as long as you can handle the stickiness. Rinse with warm water.
oil and sheet mask. Based on my personal experiences, these two will just make
fungal acne worse.
you don’t need oil to dissolve oil from makeup or SPF. Skip cleansing oil and
balm (good luck of finding the fungal-acne safe ones), and opt for micellar
diet. Girl, you don’t really need those ten steps, really. Currently I’m doing
6 in the morning (facial wash, exfoliating toner, hydrating toner, serum,
moisturizer, SPF) and lesser at night (micellar water, facial wash, exfoliating
toner, hydrating toner, spot treatment or serum).
what ingredients worked best for you. I visit skincarisma.com often to read and
learn about which ingredients are safe for fungal-acne.
Last but not
least, do not pick at your fungal-acne. Avoid scratching and (worst) using
comedo remover to suck them out. Mostly, fungal acne don’t carry pus inside, so
there’s no use of trying that will lead you to more problems like scarring.