FUNGAL ACNE GONE: NOW WHAT?

Dedicated to those who asked me on IG DM, “SHALL I STILL BE USING FUNGAL-ACNE SAFE PRODUCTS NOW THAT THE FUNGAL ACNE IS GONE?”

Well, first, disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist or skin expert. I’m only sharing based on my own trial & error.

Q: Shall I stay away (still) from skincare products with fungal acne trigger ingredients?

A: From my own experience, when it comes to wash-off products (only stay on skin for maximum 2 minutes), I’d go for non-safe fungal acne products.

Q: What kind of wash-off products are you talking about?

A: First cleansers are your best bet. Cleansing balm, Micellar Water, Lip & Eye Makeup Remover and/or Face Wash.

All of these are not safe for fungal acne, but didn’t trigger ones as long as used correctly

Q: How about other products?

A: Personally, I will stick to fungal-acne safe products for stay on skincare products (just to be safe), like toner, essence, serum, ampoule, moisturizer, and even for SPF. But if you are bored or simply just want to try other products, maybe you can try non-safe for fungal acne SPF, because it’s the last layer on skin and won’t absorb anyway.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR HG PRODUCT STOPS WORKING?

ALTERNATE, people.

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.

EXFOLIATING TONER

HADA LABO MILD PEELING LOTION & SOME BY MI AHA BHA PHA 30 DAYS MIRACLE TONER

The similarities: both are fungal acne safe and contain water plus butylene glycol.

The difference: Hada Labo only has 7 ingredients, while Somebymi has 22.

Thoughts: 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.

BOOSTER

PAULA’S CHOICE 10% NIACINAMIDE BOOSTER & 2SOL FACIAL RECOVERY BOOSTER

The similarities: both are fungal acne safe and contain niacinamide, panthenol, sodium hyaluronate and allantoin.

The difference: 2Sol only has 19 ingredients, while Paula’s Choice has 24.

Thoughts: They both will be better if mixed with ampoule or moisturizer, as they might be sticky if stand alone. Both have same clear watery texture.

ESSENCE

COSRX ADVANCED SNAIL 96 MUCIN POWER ESSENCE & BENTON SNAIL BEE HIGH CONTENT ESSENCE

The similarities: both contain snail secretion filtrate, panthenol, betaine, arginine, butylene glycol and allantoin

The 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.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

THE UNDER THE RADAR KOREAN SKINCARE PRODUCTS I LOVE

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).

That’s why, 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, LOL).

BENTON

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.

PYUNKANG YUL

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.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA