FUNGAL-ACNE SAFE MOISTURIZER

I realized that I haven’t done this category, oops! 

Personally, getting the right moisturizer is rather tricky, since I’m also very prone to clogged pores and breakouts. Therefore, I do pick my moisturizers wisely, to make sure they’re not just safe for Fungal Acne, but also for my clogged pores prone skin. And, it’s a bonus if they don’t leave any greasy or sticky residue. 

Ingredients that I tried to avoid while looking for moisturizer, as they might be comedogenic:

  • Silicones (dimethicone)
  • Oils (avocado, coconut, the list is long)
  • Bad Alcohol (like Hexadecyl Alcohol)
  • Lanolin
  • Butters (Shea, cocoa)
  • Fatty Acids (Lauric & Stearic specifically)

KRAVE BEAUTY OAT SO SIMPLE WATER CREAM

This is my second jar by the way, I love it because of its’ minimal ingredients list. If you want a basic and lightweight moisturizer, this one’s for you!

Ingredients
Water, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Trehalose, Behenyl Alcohol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract

BOOTS GLOW PINEAPPLE GEL MOISTURISER

If you check out the ingredients list below, nothing really icky there except fragrance and coloring. IMHO, it works for oily skin better due to its’ gel texture. For drier skin type, you might need another moisturizer on top to seal in the moisture. 

Ingredients
Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Niacinamide, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium acrylates crosspolymer-2, Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Chlorphenesin, Polyacrylamide, Disodium EDTA, Dipropylene glycol, Sodium hydroxide, C13-14 isoparaffin, Benzophenone-4, Sodium hyaluronate, Parfum (Fragrance), Laureth-7, Ananas sativus (Pineapple) fruit extract, Silica, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Maltodextrin, Potassium sorbate, Sodium benzoate, Denatonium benzoate, CI 14700 (Red 4), CI 19140 (Yellow 5).

SEBAMED CLEAR FACE CARE GEL

Now, this is my go-to everyday moisturizer. Easy to find at local drugstores and affordable. It’s great that it has Panthenol inside, because it supports the healing of acne. It’s also a water based gel, therefore it supposedly prevents clogged pores. 

Ingredients
Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Propylene Glycol, Glycine, Sorbitol, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Sodium Carbomer, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol

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JUNE 2021 SKINCARE HAUL

Sharing you my skincare haul from iHerb, this was the first ever I bought from them. I’m a happy customer, because they already fixed the taxes and my order arrived exactly 10 days as promised. 

DIFFERIN DAILY DEEP CLEANSER 
Since my skin can’t bare Benzoyl Peroxide when applied topically as spot treatment, this cleanser is a great alternative. Contains 5% of Benzoyl Peroxide, it’s also fragrance free. 
Price IDR 195K for 118ml 

PACIFICA KALE DETOX DEEP CLEANSING FACE WASH
Interesting list of Super Greens and its’ claim to detox the skin made me bought this. With Kale, Coconut Water (not oil), Clay and Aloe Vera, it’s formulated for oily & blemish prone skin types. 
Price IDR 150K for 147ml 

COS DE BAHA HP SERUM
As I’ve been investing on Vitamin B5 for intake, due to my massive breakouts, I’ve been searching for topical treatment. Glad to found this serum which contains 4% of Panthenol aka Vitamin B5 as their top 5 ingredients. 
Price IDR 150K for 30ml

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REVIEW: JOYLAB WONDERSKIN

What comes with age beside wisdom? Fine lines and wrinkles. Also, skin texture changes. Basically, the easier way to say this is, our skin will become thinner and wrinkled easily following our biological clock.

We need powerful antioxidant to tackle this aging situation, stat!


Enter JOYLAB WONDERSKIN range, which consists of three products: ENERGY LOTION, POWER SERUM and ULTIMATE CRÈME. They are packed with a natural yet powerful antioxidant, named Croton Lecher Resin Extract, which is more popular with the name “Dragon’s Blood”, coming from a tree originally from the Amazon. It is known to energize our skin, giving it hydration, and helps to ward off free radicals that cause premature aging. 

ENERGY LOTION: the first thing to apply right after cleansing, act as a toner. It’s more viscous than an ordinary toner, but absorbed easily with tapping motion (I suggest not to use cotton pads). Great for normal to dry skin, as it also contains vitamin E to strengthen our skin barrier. I do recommend this for normal to dry skin.
Price IDR 270K for 30ml 

POWER SERUM: as powerful as the name and the only one in the range that’s safe for Fungal Acne. This serum also contains Niacinamide which is good to help lighten dark spot and even out our skin tone. Expect brighter and smoother complexion after using this for awhile. I love this hydrating serum as it’s not sticky (nice texture, BTW) and doesn’t make my skin look dewy as most of the hydrating serum I’ve tried.
Price IDR 250K for 15ml

ULTIMATE CRÈME: don’t be intimidated by the name. It does come with a cream texture, but it’s lightweight yet feel luxurious upon application (thanks to Shea Butter as one of their ingredients). If you have normal to dry skin, you can apply this twice a day, for a plumper looking skin. Just look at that glorious cream inside the jar!
Price IDR 250K for 27ml

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MAY 2021 SKINCARE HAUL

Just in case you’re wondering, all of these below are fungal acne safe. Rejoice!

YVES ROCHER SEBO VEGETAL PURIFYING CLAY MASK
If you’ve been following my blog, you’d know that I’ve been using Clay Mask religiously to minimize my pores appearance. It contains Boreal Tea Powder to control shine, neutralize the appearance of imperfections and refine skin texture, without mineral oil, paraben and silicone. 
Price IDR189K for 75ml.

YVES ROCHER SEBO PURE VEGETAL CHARCOAL MASK
Another wash-off mask that I purchased from Yves Rocher, it specifically made to unclog pores and fight blackheads with natural charcoal and salicylic acid. Same like the Clay Mask, it contains no mineral oil, paraben and silicone. By the way, this is also a non-hardening mask (same like the above). 
Price IDR 149K for 75ml. 

BOTANICS ALL BRIGHT CLEANSING TONER
One of two skincare purchases from Boots that just opened last month here in Jakarta, Indonesia. Botanics is one of their home brand, known to use the power of plants. This toner contains hibiscus, known for its brightening properties and exfoliating flower acids to improve skin’s texture and radiance. 
Price IDR149K for 250ml. 

BOOTS GLOW PINEAPPLE GEL MOISTURISER
I love my gel moisturiser, and I’m so excited to try this. Obviously as the name stated, it contains pineapple extract, with glycerin and niacinamide. And good to know that this moisturiser is vegan. 
Price IDR113K for 50ml. 

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REVIEW: ELSHESKIN RADIANT SUPPLE SERUM & ELSHESKIN 5 IN 1 EYESSENTIAL NIGHT SERUM

Local brand from Indonesia, Elsheskin latest release. 


If you are a beginner in serum, to give you less options, you might want to check them out. As both of these serums made from powerful active ingredients, natural and scientific proven.

Price IDR 215K for 20ml

RADIANT SUPPLE SERUM (for face) contains Niacinamide, Glycerin & Arbutin and it’s safe for Fungal Acne. But it does contain Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract (not in top 5 ingredients), which personally doesn’t suit me especially when my acne are still active.

IMHO, it’s best to use when you don’t have current active acnes. Please note, this serum is not dedicated to heal acne, but to even skin tone and help with hyperpigmentation. It does work to lessen the look of newly formed acne marks. I didn’t feel any stinging when I use this serum, it’s just like they claimed: light and gentle.

One week usage, on newly formed acne marks
Price IDR 199K for 15ml

As the name clearly stated, the eye serum is for night time use only, because it contains Retinol. If you’ve been following me, you’d know that retinol works well on my skin and I don’t use eye cream because it produced milia. That’s why, I like this eye serum. Do not worry that it’ll sting your eyes because of the retinol. It won’t. Just don’t apply too close to your eyes, you shall be fine.

Of course, dark circles are genetic, and won’t disappear completely by the use of any eye care products in this world. But you can simply lessen the look of it and make them look fresher. Especially in this era of wearing mask, when mask hits right under our dark circles. 

One week usage, brighter dark circles and less harsh under eyes lines

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APRIL 2021 SKINCARE HAUL

Grateful because I still have lots of skincare products from brands that were sent to me as their PR packages, so I’ll make sure that I only purchased max 3 items in a month. Here are my haul this month. 

BENTON ALOE PROPOLIS SOOTHING GEL

I purchased this instantly after I saw one of Director Pi’s YouTube video about how to minimize pores. In that video, she recommends to mix clay mask (wash-off mask) with kaolin ingredient, with aloe gel. So I chose this one because it’s safe for fungal acne (obviously), contains 80% of aloe barbadensis leaf juice and 10% of propolis. Actually it’s a moisturizer, so I might use this as a moisturizer too. 
Price IDR135K for 100ml.

SKIN GAME ACNE WARRIOR

This is a local brand, and I actually bought this for my son, since I don’t really use specific acne treatment. But looking at the ingredients’ list, it’s quite promising that’s why I purchased it. It contains: Calamine, Salicylic Acid, Sulfur and Kaolin, all great for acne. Don’t expect a full tube, though. In fact, mine (purchased from their official store in market place) only filled like half of the tube. 
Price IDR125K for 30gr. 

SBCSKIN SKIN EXFOLIANT 2% BHA TONER

I’ve seen great reviews about this product, another local brand (yeay!). This is an exfoliant toner that’s safe for fungal acne, and doesn’t contain Butylene Glycol. It still have alcohol and paraben, though. 
Price IDR153K for 100ml. 

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MARCH 2021 SKINCARE HAUL

All drugstore’s!

SIMPLE KIND TO SKIN SOOTHING FACIAL TONER
It went MIA for awhile in our local drugstores, but it’s back. Turned out, they changed the old packaging with a new one. An affordable, no-fuss daily toner, with good ingredients like Allantoin, Panthenol, Niacinamide and Chamomile extract. Priced at IDR 99K for a 200ml (and they’re on promos most of the time), it is safe for Fungal Acne and 100% alcohol free. 

HIMALAYA HERBALS PURIFYING NEEM FACE WASH
Combination of Neem and Turmeric in this affordable face wash are really interesting. Neem to combat acne and turmeric (which is bright orange in real) helps to soothe skin. Even though it’s fungal-acne safe, it does contain sulfate, some allergens and fragrance. Priced at IDR 40K for 100ml.

HIMALAYA HERBALS PURIFYING NEEM MASK
It has been a while for me not to use wash-off mask in my skincare routine. However, this fungal-acne safe mask is equally affordable, so I can’t resist to try it. Anyway, it still contains sulfate, fragrance and paraben. Priced at IDR 40K for 100ml. I’ve posted a detailed review about this already, please click here to read.

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REVIEW: GOODAL APPLE AHA CLEARING AMPOULE

Ah, a good old AHA. If you’re just starting on AHA, you might want to try this first. 

There are different types of AHA, but this one contains Malic Acid (because it derived from apples). For those who have tried different and stronger types of AHA like Glycolic Acid or Lactic Acid, this one by itself might be not enough. 

Personally I use this in between my Retinol night, because Retinol alone might not help at removing dead skin cell build-up, especially on the surface. Yes, AHA works on the top layers of skin and it does increase our skin’s sensitivity to the sun (it also might trigger PIH-Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation), so it’s recommended for night time use. 

Although it’s categorised as ampoule, the texture is very liquid. And it slightly smells like apple (well, it does contain 79% of apple extract). Good thing about this ampoule, it’s very light, you won’t feel any tingling or burning sensation (it only contains a low dose of AHA-1%).

Treat this as a serum, to be use after toning at night. If you are new to this AHA thing, start using 3 times a week then gradually increase the usage. It’s safe to use daily, if your skin can handle it. And yes, this is safe for Fungal Acne.

BEFORE – AFTER (TWO WEEKS USAGE)

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REVIEW: BEST SELLING SNP

SNP INTENSIVE SOOTHING GEL
This soothing gel contains 99% Snail Mucus Filtrate and Allantoin. It’s also allergen-free so it won’t trigger an allergic reaction or irritate the skin. The packaging is quite big (300ml), I guess it’s because it can also be used as a moisturizer, sleeping pack, eye gel, hair essence, after-shave gel and body lotion. 
If you are prone to skin redness due to UV rays, this soothing gel will help to cool down the skin and reduce the redness (you can store it in the refrigerator for a more cooling effect). And because of the snail extract, it also great to add moisture to dry skin without stickiness (like most of the snail skincare products). 

SNP PREP PEPTARONIC AMPOULE MASK
This ampoule mask contains 6 types of peptides and 7 types of Hyaluronic Acid to help hydrate and tighten the skin. If your skin looks dull and needs extra moisture, you will love this. 
How to use this to achieve maximum results? Use after applying a hydrating toner, apply the sheet mask and leave on for 20 minutes (max time). Remove the mask and pat the remaining essence into the skin until it is fully absorbed. 
I’ve tried this for 7 days in a row earlier, you might want to check it out, here.

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5 MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT RETINOL

Got a few DM on my Instagram about Retinol, so I guess I’ll answer them here while also giving you update on my skin condition.

Disclaimer: I’m not a dermatologist, so these are totally based on my own personal experience. 

WHEN I STARTED IN AUGUST 2020, AND CLEARED UP IN OCTOBER 2020

Q: If I successfully cleared up acne after using Retinol, shall I continue using it or stop?
A: Based on my own experience, I tried to reduce the usage to once every night. So on non-Retinol night, I’ll use other actives serums like AHA or BHA (depends on my skin’s condition).

MY SKIN CONDITION (FEBRUARY 2021)

Q: Will the acne be back even after you manage to clear them out using Retinol?
A: As long as I’m alive, I guess I’d still have acne hanging around. My mom used to tell me that after I passed my teenage years, my acne would clear up by themselves. Well, they didn’t. Hormonal acne on chin area are the worst for me, so they’d pop out uninvited, no matter how clean I cleansed or how diligent I am with my routine.

Q: What’s the correct order to apply Retinol on one’s skincare routine?
A: First thing first, use it at your night time skincare routine. Mine would be: double cleanse, hydrating toner, Niacinamide serum (just because it works well with Retinol), moisturiser then Retinol. If you’ve been following me, you’d probably know that I use two types of Retinol, Adapalene as base and Retinoic Acid as spot treatment. Please don’t apply them on their own, at least you can do is to mix with your moisturiser after cleansing. 

Q: How about the skincare routine for morning, after using Retinol?
A: Best that you can do is to treat your skin gently in the morning. Cleanse with gentle cleanser, use hydrating toner, moisturiser and never forget your sunscreen (even if you are not out and about like me). 

Q: What type of Retinol are you using now?
A: Evalen Adapalene Cream 0.1% and Vitacid 0.05% Retinoic Acid Cream. Adapalene went first for the whole face, then Retinoic Acid as spot treatment (on acne and acne marks). Both are local products, so they’re affordable. 

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