EASY & AFFORDABLE SKINCARE FOR FUNGAL-ACNE PRONE SKIN

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!

MAKE UP REMOVER: NAMEERA PURELY BRIGHT MICELLAR WATER (IDR67K for 100ML)
CLEANSER: ELSHESKIN DEEP CLEANSING SENSITIVE (IDR90K for 60ML)
TONER: PYUNKANG YUL ACNE TONER (IDR130K for 150ML)
ESSENCE : NAMEERA HYDRATING GLOW ESSENCE WATER (IDR140K for 110ML)
SERUM: THE ORDINARY NIACINAMIDE 10% + ZINC 1% (IDR125K for 30ML)
AMPOULE: LEEGEEHAAM GROW VITA PROPOLIS AMPOULE (IDR185K for 15ML)
MOISTURIZER: INNISFREE ALOE REVITAL SOOTHING GEL (IDR101K FOR 300ML)
SUNSCREEN: SKIN AQUA UV SUPER MOISTURE MILK SPF50+ PA++++ (IDR45K for 40GR)
SPOT TREATMENT: SARI AYU INTENSIVE ACNE CARE (IDR24K for 12ML)

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.

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REVIEW: SULWHASOO SHEER LASTING GEL CUSHION

Thanks Sulwhasoo Indonesia for sending me this for honest review.

Always love Sulwhasoo for their luxurious packaging. This Sheer Lasting Gel Cushion included.

Inside the 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.

What made this cushion different?

Check out 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.

Texture: Very light gel (almost watery in some extent) that dries down to a semi-matte finish.

From the 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.

Bare Face
Wearing cushion only
Set with powder and full makeup

Unfortunately, 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 forbids).

Go buy this if you like:

  • luxurious packaging
  • light feeling base makeup
  • sheer and natural looking skin
  • semi-matte finish

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REVIEW: LAKME ABSOLUTE REINVENT X ANGGIE RASSLY PRECISION MARBLE BROW PENCIL

These 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).

Even though 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.

I use Marble Brown for natural everyday look
Marble Grey for special occasion, because it is bolder.

Go buy this if you like:

  • user friendly eyebrows pencil
  • using spoolie brush that comes with the pencil
  • sharpened eyebrows pencil
  • natural looking eyebrows

Where to buy? Lakme boutiques (Central Park & Senayan City, Jakarta), department stores, local cosmetic stores and online

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FUNGAL-ACNE SAFE FOUNDATION [Updated]

MY FUNGAL-ACNE SAFE FOUNDATION COLLECTION

I’m not that picky when it comes to color cosmetics. But I do care about foundation because it is the first layer of makeup after all my fungal-acne safe skincare.

So, I’ve done a bit of checking on skincarisma.com for fungal-acne safe foundation and here’s what I’ve found (I will update on this post).

Unfortunately, this list below still contains silicone, so for those who are allergic to it, better watch out.

  • FENTY BEAUTY PRO FILT’R SOFT MATTE LONGWEAR FOUNDATION
  • CATRICE 24H MADE TO STAY FOUNDATION *
  • CATRICE HD LIQUID COVERAGE FOUNDATION *
  • LANCOME TEINT IDOLE ULTRA 24H LONG WEAR FOUNDATION
  • L’OREAL PARIS PRO-MATTE FOUNDATION MAKEUP
  • BOURJOIS HEALTHY MIX FOUNDATION
  • BOURJOIS HEALTHY MIX SERUM GEL FOUNDATION *
  • BOURJOIS HEALTHY MIX BB CREAM *
  • MAYBELLINE SUPERSTAY 24HR FOUNDATION
  • MAYBELLINE SUPERSTAY 24HR FULL COVERAGE FOUNDATION
  • THE SAEM ECO SOUL VOLUME NUDE BB LIQUID
  • SHU UEMURA PETAL SKIN FLUID FOUNDATION
  • GLOSSIER PERFECTING SKIN TINT

(*Currently using & loving )

Only this one check all the green box for being totally free from anything, so far. I’d love to get my face on this.

MILK MAKEUP BLUR LIQUID MATTE FOUNDATION

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REVIEW: ORA MICRONEEDLE FACE ROLLER SYSTEM

For those 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 treatment.

I stumbled 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.

There are 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 afterwards.

Is it 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.

HOW TO’S:

  • Dip the roller inside alcohol to disinfect before and after use. Usually I left mine for 10 minutes. Let it dry before using.
  • Skip eyes area, as the skin there are a lot thinner.
  • 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.

TIPS:

  • 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.

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THANK YOU, NEXT … BEAUTY PRODUCTS I’VE TRIED & DISLIKE

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.

But, please 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.

EYEGLOSS

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.

EXFOLIATING PAD

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.

TONER MIST

I guess I’m an old soul. I prefer my toner to be poured on a piece of cotton pads.

WHITE FINISHING POWDER

I know some claimed to give flawless finish, but I just prefer face powder that have the same shade as my skin tone.

CUSHION

I believe cushion will work and look better on dry skin on drier and colder climates.  That’s all.

CLEANSING OIL

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).

SHEET MASK

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.

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MY 1st SKINCARE HAUL IN 2019

Happy New 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!

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SKIN CARE PRODUCTS I LOVE IN 2018 (AND WILL REPURCHASE IN 2019)

Next year, 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.

But, being 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.

In this 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 after cleansing.

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 quickly.

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.

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REVIEW: SECRET KEY SNOW WHITE

Thanks Sociolla and Secret Key Indonesia for sending me this PR Kit for honest review.

SNOW WHITE MILKY PACK

It supposed 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

Contains 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 moisturizer.

Lightly 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).

I’d love this cream if it’s fungal-acne safe.

SNOW WHITE SPOT GEL

Unlike the 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.

However, this is not safe for fungal acne because it contains PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil.

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.

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SURVIVING FUNGAL ACNE IN 2018: IF I CAN, YOU CAN TOO!

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.

Use this twice a day, religiously

The first 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 max.

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.

Use these only on good skin days

Skip facial oil and sheet mask. Based on my personal experiences, these two will just make fungal acne worse.

My favorite micellar water ever

Seriously, 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 water.

Morning Routine

Do skincare 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).

PM Routine

Learn about 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.

Here’s to a fungal-acne free skin in 2019!

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