Before I go further
to details, they are both not safe for Fungal-Acne.
If you do have fungal acne, I recommend to use these as spot treatment only. I only use these on blackheads, small bumps, closed comedones and some milias near my eyes. That’s it. I don’t put these on my hormonal acne, because they both didn’t seem to work on one. By the way, this is the newest version of Chica Y Chico Beta Salic 2.0 Plus Baby Face Cream with very instagramable pink tube.
Badecasil has that old feel tube, while Chica
Y Chico got that modern ‘now’ vibe.
Badecasil has 32 ingredients, while Chica Y
Chico has 35 ingredients
Badecasil has Broccoli extract, while Chica Y
Chico has Snail Secretion Filtrate.
No tingling sensation with Badecasil, but
there’s tingling close to stinging with Chica Y Chico at the first use only. On
second day, same spots, I didn’t feel anything. But it always tingle on new
spots, so be aware.
Both are made in Korea
Both come in a tube 30ml packaging
Both contain silicone
Both have 24 of the same ingredients, some familiar names like Glycolic Acid, Betaine Salicylate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Jojoba Seed Oil and Allantoin (you can check the complete list on skincarisma.com).
Both are recommended to use at night time only
Both claimed to exfoliate dead skin cells and moisturize skin at once.
Both have the same milky white lotion texture
tried both of them each by themselves for two weeks straight in a row with no
pause day, just to show you guys these results on my skin. Please note that I
was also using other skincare products before applying these (as each is
recommended to use as final step of PM skincare routine).
Known for its antifungal and antibacterial properties, you’ll easily find this ingredient in the treatment for acne and such. If you can stand its’ distinct scent, that’s great, because it does work to get rid of fungal acne.
I read in simpleskincarescience.com that there are studies that showed that propolis extract exhibits antimicrobial activity. And I love how propolis does give a glowing effect on skin.
Unfortunately, this ingredient mostly came in a shampoo form. But no worries, you can use this shampoo as a 5 minutes wash-off face mask. Compared to other antifungals, like Zinc Pyrithione, Ketoconazole is the champ.
TEA TREE OIL
Tea tree oil
has strong antimicrobial properties against Malassezia aka fungal acne. Personally,
I tried to stay away from the oil per se, just because I found it too thick and
might irritate my sensitive skin. So I chose product that actually contains one
(it’s diluted with other ingredients).
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.
one sure thing that I can tell you before I go in details: Both are Fungal-Acne
me start with Glossier. This is my third bottle, so I guess you can tell that I
like it that much. This serum goes after essence step on my AM routine. Why AM
(you might ask)? Because it is rare to find a serum that works well beneath
everything. And this works like a charm beneath everything, skincare and makeup
included. Yes this is one of my absolute skin-vestment.
IDR490K (at trustable online shop here in Indonesia) for 15ml, it is expensive
but the hero ingredients: niacinamide and zinc really helped my problematic
skin. It helped my skin clear and reduce breakouts significantly. Unfortunately,
the company didn’t state how many percentage of Niacinamide used in this HG
serum. But no worries, if your skin is familiar with this form of vitamin B3,
you won’t have any problem at all.
move on to Paula’s Choice. To tell you the truth, this is my first product from
this brand. I read some good reviews about it, so I decided to purchase it from
a reputable market place in Indonesia. They named this booster, but I used it with
my essence in the evening as PM routine. Why so? Unlike Glossier, this is way
tackier if use alone. It is sticky (almost like glue), but not oily or filmy.
You can certainly feel the stickiness, even after tapping for a while. Yup, it
is less comfortable compared to Glossier. But then I learned along the way,
they do recommend to mix this with other serum or moisturizer. So I did mix it
with my essence and voila! It didn’t feel sticky anymore. Bonus: this is the
right booster if you want to achieve that glass skin look.
Priced at IDR550K
(at trustable online shop here in Indonesia) for 20ml, it is more expensive
than Glossier, but contains 5ml more serum. Unlike Glossier, this has 10
percent concentration of niacinamide (quite an impressive dose).
recommended to use only once a day, meanwhile Paula’s Choice can be applied
twice a day. For me, I apply Glossier in the morning, and Paula’s Choice in the
more viscous compared to Paula’s.
like Glossier more because it’s transparent bottle so I can prepare to purchase
another one before it’s finish.
are expensive, but IMHO worth every drop)
bottle that looks pretty on the vanity (instagramable, too!)
Satisfying result, clearer and smoother skin (less acne popping up).
Manufactured in the US (see, not all of my skincare products are from Korea).
Store Indonesia for sending me this Trilogy PR Kit for an honest review.
I use their
Certified Organic Rosehip Oil (bought from online sis) everyday mixed with
foundation. I was happy with the result because it faded my cauter scars and
made every foundation that I have looked better on my skin. That’s why I’m so excited
to hear the news that Trilogy is officially here in Indonesia. No more worrying
about fake items! You can bought Trilogy products online here from now on, or
visit CNF Stores (available in limited stores, though).
down to each product’s review, shall we?
TRILOGY ROSEHIP OIL ANTIOXIDANT PLUS
To get a
better idea of what are the differences with this and Certified Organic Rosehip
Oil, here are the comparisons from skincarisma.com.
name stated, this oil has added antioxidant in it. It claimed to deeply
moisturizing while helping to protect against environmental free radical
drops max on your AM and PM routine in conjunction with moisturizer. Personally,
I like to put a drop on my liquid foundation to get better glow.
ROSAPENE RADIANCE SERUM
texture serum (as you can see), with Trilogy’s unique antioxidant complex named
Rosapene. Sea Algae in its’ ingredients list, will boost skin radiance. While
aloe will maintain moisture balance and soothes for a smoother looking skin and
This can be
layered after oil to boost everything up. Or simply add as serum step on your
ROSAPENE NIGHT CREAM
three, I am more excited to try this one, just because Manuka Honey was listed
as one of their main ingredients. And I just love the calming, relaxing scent.
it is a rich night cream, but I found it surprisingly light when it comes to texture.
way to use this was to apply over oil at night, as the very last step on my
skincare routine. I found my skin feel softer and well nourished in the
Go buy these
have no problem with fungal acne
have normal to dry skin
like natural products for your face
want to add more radiant and moisture for your skin
Thanks Secret Key Indonesia and Sociolla for
sending me this special edition for an honest review.
Before I start doing the review, do you know
that you can use essence (not just toner) for 7 skin method (you know, that 7
layers of toner). But, of course you have to choose essence with water-like
consistency. This layers well (because it’s light) and you can always build up
the moisture level by adding layers up until 7. Or you can do a simple mini
facial by soaking it with a thin cotton pad, leave it for three minutes for
This treatment essence claims to moisturize,
brighten, good for sebum control, clearer skin and improve skin elasticity. It’s
also free of 10 harmful factors, with added Rose Flower Water (great for dry
Please note that it contains 94% of Galactomyces
Ferment Filtrate (identified as Fungal Acne trigger on skincarisma.com)
Go get this if you:
and dehydrated skin
problem with fungal acne
mind with mild yeast-like scent (like most of fermented skincare products)
minimal ingredients list (this only contains 9 ingredients)
moisturized and instant radiant effect on skin
affordable essence that can prep your skin in a gentle way
And make sure you get the original Secret Key by shopping at Sociolla, here (good news, they’re having Payday Promo all 30% off).
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.
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.
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
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
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.