Is it just
me? Or lots of you experienced the same thing as me? My skin easily got immune,
usually after finishing two of the same skincare product. Weird but true.
That’s why I
found a way to alternate between products, just to make sure their
effectiveness on my fungal-acne prone skin. So, after finishing one product, I
usually move to another brand with similar ingredients and purposes. Then, I’d
move back to the old one.
similarities: both are fungal acne safe and contain water plus butylene glycol.
difference: Hada Labo only has 7 ingredients, while Somebymi has 22.
they are both mild enough to use everyday as exfoliating toner, but I try to
use it every other day to avoid over exfoliating. And usually I just use
exfoliating toner at night time.
similarities: both are fungal acne safe and contain niacinamide, panthenol,
sodium hyaluronate and allantoin.
difference: 2Sol only has 19 ingredients, while Paula’s Choice has 24.
both will be better if mixed with ampoule or moisturizer, as they might be
sticky if stand alone. Both have same clear watery texture.
similarities: both contain snail secretion filtrate, panthenol, betaine,
arginine, butylene glycol and allantoin
differences: Cosrx only has 12 ingredients, while Benton has 25. Corsx is safe
for fungal acne, while Benton (unfortunately) has polysorbate 20 (known as one
of fungal acne trigger) in their ingredients list.
Thoughts: Cosrx is more gloopy (literally like snail mucin), while Benton is less gloopy. Unfortunately Benton reformulated this and added Polysorbate 20 in their new formula, so it might not be safe for fungal acne.
I’m sure a
lot of you already familiar with the term of “Clean Beauty”.
Lately I’ve become more aware of this, especially after my first strike of fungal-acne back in April 2018. After that 1st attack, I read the ingredients label on the back like I’ve never been before. And luckily, now we’re blessed with skincare ingredients search engine that can identify the safety of most products that we use every day for our skin.
harder for companies to market and brainwash us with their products, because
(thanks to the awesome technologies) we can find out by ourselves. For certain,
I can’t be fooled by the word “natural” or “organic” or “pure” anymore.
research online, the terms “Clean Beauty” refers to lots of definition, but I
guess I can simplify it to non-toxic. Non-toxic products that are made without
ingredients linked to harmful health effects (from simple and short term ones
like skin irritation, to scary and long term ones like cancer). If you search
online, you will find a lot of harmful ingredients with familiar names like
Propylene Glycol which actually is an antifreeze, or Sodium Hydroxide which is
used as a drain cleaner. Yes, nasty chemicals indeed. So, it’s not about
eco-conscious anymore, but more to health-conscious.
my best to join this “Clean Beauty” route. Having fungal-acne prone skin, I do
have to check every single time I want to purchase skincare product. Thanks to
simpleskincarescience.com, I know I have to stay away from Ester (alcohol and
fatty acid) and its’ friends like Polysorbate. So, initially I looked for
harmful fungal-acne trigger ingredients, but turned out those ingredients are
also harmful in any other ways. Lucky us, the industry (especially
personal-care ones) are slowly but surely cleaning up, for more aware
consumers. After the US, K-Beauty is also trying to clean up to serve the new
generation of more aware consumers.
Clean Beauty products for Fungal Acne are:
only one ingredient: 100% of Artemisia Princeps Extract (aka Mugwort). It’s
known for its’ soothing and cleansing effect. Great for sensitive skin!
Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar and T.L.C Framboos
Glycolic Night Serum
be any Essential Oils, Drying Alcohols, Silicones, Chemical Screens,
Fragrance/Dyes and SLS in Drunk Elephant’s products. So yes, I love Drunk
Elephant, especially these two.
using AHA, this pad is using 88% Hibiscus (known as Nature’s Botox for its’
firming ability and natural source of AHA). So, it delivers the same benefits
as chemical AHA without being harsh. I just love this new Clean Beauty brand
from Korea. Even the packaging looks so clean!
their products contain less than 10 ingredients. Very minimalistic, just like
their packaging. This is one of their star product, which contains 91.3% of milk
vetch root, a super ingredient in Korean and traditional Chinese medicine, full
of skin-beneficial betaine and minerals. It’s fragrance free, dye free and
Main and only ingredient: Centella Asiatica Extract. It’s really soothing for sensitive skin and very affordable for a big bottle of ampoule.
Do I have
other products than K-Beauty skincare? Of course, dearest. I do have a few of
European drugstore brands in my collection. Disclaimer: unfortunately, most of
them were purchased when I travelled abroad, because they don’t carry them
where I live (Jakarta, Indonesia). Boohoo!!
EAU THERMALE AVÈNE or simply called Avène.
every girl in this world must have this in their vanity. I use this before
first toner, right after cleansing. Why? Because I have hard water in my home,
so I need to neutralize my skin before everything else. It has ideal
calcium/magnesium ratio to help improve skin texture. And I love the cooling
& calming sensation on every spray it made. Super love!
This is like
a cleansing milk, non-rinse ones. Its’ milky texture will turn into fluid when
rubbed. Please note that this has fragrance (but claimed to be tolerated by
sensitive skin). It removed base makeup well, but not recommended to use to
remove eye makeup.
I am sold by
one of their claim that it acts as a protective shield against pollution. And
after more research, I found out that this only has 11 ingredients (which is
great for sensitive skin), with the highest concentration of their Thermal
Mineralizing Water plus Hyaluronic Acid. Currently, I use this as daily
moisturizer, by the way.
URIAGE EAU THERMALE or simply called Uriage
Thermal Water based product in my collection, this is a fragranced cleansing
cream. Even though it’s fragranced, it’s safe for sensitive skin (proven by
yours truly). Usually I use this in the morning after my acid night (which is
only twice a week now). Mind you, this is soap-free and contains 1/3 nourishing
milk. It won’t dry out skin but in the same time it didn’t leave any filmy
residue after cleansing.
specifically tailored for combination to oily skin, so yes on this point. It
contains licorice extract which known for its’ ability to reduce excess sebum
and prevent new blemishes. Another yes. It didn’t leave my skin look shiny or
white or greyish or patchy.
actually a day and night moisturizer, but I use this as a daily moisturizer for
AM only. It’s preservative-free, paraben-free, paraffin-free, fragrance-free,
alcohol-free, colorant-free and emulsifier-free. Since I’ve experienced redness
here and there, especially after that over-exfoliating period, this really help
to calm them down. It’s very light and contains SymSitive, their patented
ingredient specially developed for hypersensitive skin. I do recommend this to
strengthen skin barrier.
specific type (they do have lots of type) of acid toner has been developed to
suit all skin types from sensitive to dehydrated skin. I was too excited to try
this hype acid toner, I applied this every night. Yes, I ended up having
over-exfoliated skin. So, I do recommend to use this only once or twice a week
(diluted on a cotton pad moistened with water). I don’t mind the vinegar-like
smell, it reminds me of Apple Cider Vinegar.
What is it
with me and Thermal Water? Well, this is another favorite Thermal Water of
mine. Naturally rich in selenium, well known as a powerful antioxidant, this
face mist not only refreshes but also tones and rebalance skin. That’s why on
my bad skin days, I will use this as a face toner to replace my regular toner.
To beat the
shine with only mist? Yup, this will do. This is actually a mattifying face
mist, specially made for oily skin people. As the name applied, it does contain
zinc sulfate to target signs of oily skin. No worries, it’s also clear like
ordinary water mist, and I believe this is also a great toner if you’re
sensitive to anything.
Need I say more? Tried many of cleansing water for makeup, from another brands, another countries, but keep on coming back to this. Even though this doesn’t dissolve eye makeup, but a great base makeup remover.
As you might
probably know, I do enjoy trying new skincare products (still, even though I do
have sensitive and fungal-acne prone skin). Somehow, I ended up purchasing non-mass
Korean brand, instead of those well-known mass brands which are already
available here in Indonesia (like Etude House, The Face Shop, The Saem etc).
searching for new stuffs to try is a bit challenging. But it’s a fun-filled
challenge for me. Looking for the brand itself, screening through ingredients,
enjoying the look of their packaging, how would I say no to these?
They claim 3
promises: Ingredient Transparency (check!), Honest Materials (check!) and No
Harmful Additives (also check!). Currently only own their Mugwort Essence, just
because it only contains 100% Artemisia Princeps Extract aka Mugwort and
nothing else. This Mugwort has been widely known for treating acne, troubled
and irritated skin.
I am drawn
to their clean-look packaging, they look so Nordic (big love). And I appreciate
skincare brands which are consistent in making only skincare (not expanding to
makeup). This cult Korean skincare brand is known for using cactus oil and they
also consistent of their cactus scent, which is prominent in their products. Some
might feel off because of the scent, but I love it. So, when they launch their
body care products, of course I went on to buy (BTW, these soap, body lotion
and body oil are the most expensive body care products I’ve ever purchased,
If the name
seems familiar, well…it because they named this brand after the Brad Pitt’s
movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. Benjamin Button = Benton (get
it?). Obviously I wasn’t drawn because of the name, but I’m sold at their Snail
Bee Line. Yes, my skin apparently reacted well with both ingredients, Snail
Secretion Filtrate and Bee Venom.
The brand was launched in early 2016. Pyunkang is actually a renowned Korean hospital that specializes in treating atopic skin ailments. With medical experience like this, of course I am sold. Almost all of their products have minimal ingredients, but my favorite will be these two: their Essence Toner and Acne Toner from their Acne Line.
Many of my
followers on Instagram asked me this question, so might as well, I write a post
about it based on my own experience and research.
Fungal acne does itch! A lot! Actually, the itchiness is the main thing on how to detect if they’re really fungal acne, or just closed comedones. And they don’t have puss in it, so no matter how you try to pick, pinch or drill it (kidding), they can’t be flatten. So, never pick on fungal acne. Usually fungal acne will come in groups, so close to each other. But, if you are still not sure, I do recommend you to go the dermatologist.
IS FUNGAL ACNE CONTAGIOUS?
said yes. Anyway, they’re fungus, so they usually easy to spread. Better be
safe than sorry, don’t share personal care stuff with anyone, including your
own family. That’s why they called it “PERSONAL” care, got it? Especially: facial
bar soap, towel, facial cleansing device or sponges. Just don’t.
YES, I BELIEVE THEY’RE FUNGAL ACNE, NOW WHAT?
Put away all
your skincare that contains fermented ingredients. Stat! If you want to know
which products are safe for fungal acne, you can check skincarisma.com. And
never treat your skin like enemy, treat it like a wounded friend. So, start
taking care of your skin more.
need to do all the basic skincare, cleanse, tone and moisturize (just pick the
ones that are safe for fungal acne). Last but not least, apply NIZORAL Cream.
You see, Nizoral cream is a topical anti-fungal with Ketoconazole in it (this
is da’ bomb for fungal acne, seriously!). Apply thinly and religiously on the
last step of your skincare routine. You might see and feel the difference
sooner than you know.
Yup. Fortunately, you can apply Organic Raw Honey as facial mask. Yes, just the honey, don’t mix with anything else. Apply thinly but religiously on clean skin and leave them as long as you can handle the stickiness. Of course, don’t leave home with it on, OK? It might take some time to heal if you’re only using raw honey as treatment (just saying). Make sure you buy RAW Honey (better if organic). BTW, I read some people are allergic to bees, so forget this step if you are.
Fortunately, I’ve found some sheet masks that are safe for fungal acne according to skincarisma.com. Please pick and choose your skincare products carefully, as they will affect your skin condition.