Been to Seoul, South Korea and what I saw there was really eye-opener. If you see the K-Drama and all the actors & actresses have flawless, poreless and unblemished skin, trust me, those who sold street-food as a living in Seoul, have exactly the same skin. They are fortunate to have such a blessed skin, it’s in their genes.
However, I do have to admit that their K-beauty skincare products are the best and highly-effective for toners, essences, hydration and sunscreens. They are also great at super fast innovation (new ingredients) and good-looking packaging. As for actives, personally I’d prefer the western brands, (again) based on my experiments.
So, here’s my round up for K-beauty skincare products that are safe for Fungal Acne prone skin.
ESSENCE: AMORE PACIFIC VINTAGE SINGLE EXTRACT ESSENCE, I’M FROM MUGWORT ESSENCE
TONER: SOMEBYMI AHA BHA PHA 30 DAYS MIRACLE TONER, DEAR KLAIRS SUPPLE PREPARATION UNSCENTED TONER
CLEANSER: HEIMISH ALL CLEAN GREEN FOAM, PYUNKANG YUL ACNE FACIAL CLEANSER
AMPOULE: CNP LABORATORY MUGENER AMPOULE, LEEGEEHAAM GROW VITA PROPOLIS AMPOULE (RENAME TO DR CEURACLE ROYAL VITA PROPOLIS 33 AMPOULE)
Personally, I prefer to use ampoule and skip moisturizer when my fungal acne attacks. But, why ampoule? You might ask.
you notice that most of ampoule comes in smaller bottle (except the Skin 1004
ones)? It’s because they are mostly very concentrated, and we only need up to 3
drops each time. Ampoule is like an extra booster of help, when your skin needs
it the most. That’s why you can skip ampoule step if your skin doesn’t need any
help and already in its’ tip top condition.
So, if you
want to jump to this ampoule wagon, please note that the general rule is to
apply essence, serum then ampoule. But, that depends on what kind of texture it
has. Just remember to use the thin texture first, than move on the thickest.
Let me tell you why I love these ampoules for my fungal acne prone skin.
I’m going to
start with Skin 1004 Madagascar Centella Asiatica 100. It comes with a huge 100
ml pipet glass bottle (which I never brought to travel with me, for sure!). As
Centella Asiatica is a plant that is rich in saponins and is an
anti-inflammatory, I believe this ampoule calm my redness and help reducing
rashes, including fungal acne which mostly attacked my temple area. I use this
every morning, because it’s not sticky and good for layering under makeup.
Moving on to
Leegeehaam Grow Vita Propolis Ampoule. I used raw honey mask to help tone down
my fungal acne. So no surprised when I tried propolis, it did good as well. It
contains a whipping 50% propolis extract, which is basically a combination of
beeswax, enzymes and tree sap used by bees to seal, disinfect and waterproof
their hive. You see, propolis has powerful antibacterial, antiviral and
antifungal properties. However, this might feel sticky when used alone. So I
like to mix it with Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster and apply at night. This
will give instant glow when applied (yes, even at night I want my skin to glow,
Last but not least, the latest find of mine: CNP Laboratory Mugener Ampoule. My first encounter with the brand and snail mucus. And thankfully, it did just fine for my fungal-acne and the rest of my face. This works to relieve redness, calms blemished skin and soothes sensitive skin. This has the thickest texture out of two ampoules above and the most hydrating, too. First applied, it will be sticky but soon disappeared after few pats. The only con, it’s a bit hard to pull the pipet out of the glass bottle. Can’t do it with one hand if I’m in a hurry.
I guess this is the most awaited post. Well, I hope this list (checked on skincarisma.com) will help you to find the perfect skincare for your fungal-acne prone skin. Feel free to message me on my instagram if you have any questions. And I’ll be more than happy if you can share your favorite fungal-acne safe products, too (just in case I missed any in this list-I bet I did). Cheers!