Starting A Skin Care Routine
My first skin care routine was just Cetaphil - Gentle Skin Cleanser every morning and night at first, and I was fine. Then the acne started becoming more serious, so I decided to buy more products. I researched of what I should buy so I decided to get head & shoulders - Classic Clean Daily-Use Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for my fungal acne. Many people said that it was the solution for fungal acne so I decided to start trying it. I’ll try to give updates on it every week! Also, does anybody have any tips on product for acne scarring? Schools coming up so I want to find a way to get rid of it. products: Cetaphil - Gentle Skin Cleanser head & shoulders - Classic Clean Daily-Use Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Neutrogena - Oil Free Acne Moisturizer ST. Ives - BLACKHEAD CLEARING GREEN TEA SCRUB
ST. Ives-BLACKHEAD CLEARING GREEN TEA SCRUB
Fungal acne routine & getting rid of it forever!
I’ve struggled with malassezia Folliculitis/fungal acne for 6 months.My skin’s improved but you do need patience! Now I breakout occasionally, have redness and pigmentation. Disclaimer: Everyone’s different & this is what I’ve learnt. Leave suggestions below! Treatments: I ruined my gut health and ended getting constant yeast infections which links to malassezia as both are overgrowths of fungus/yeast! I recommend an anti-candida diet. Celery juice, apple cider vinegar in water, probiotics and supplements to boost my immune system all helped. I used Folliculitis scout to search for malassezia-safe products. I’ve used other websites and tbh some of them aren’t accurate or their recommended products broke me out. Every oil (except squalane & MCT), fatty acids and lipids is used by malassezia to grow! Once you eliminate these (which is hard), you can use glycerin or amino acids in your skincare routine and makeup bc they need oil, lipids or fatty acids for malassezia to grow off them. Skin barrier health and moisture is important. Don’t use too many treatments bc your skin will just get sensitive, dry and produce more oils. Also the Nizoral shampoo will ruin your skin barrier even if it kills malassezia off. There are other ways to treat it! Skincare routine: Morning: Benton - Deep Green Tea Toner green tea extract inhibits and combats malassezia. It’s a soothing and moisturising toner/essence. It’s antibacterial properties can target other types of acne too. skinstitut - Vitamin C 100% mix w/moisturiser for pigmentation/scarring Like I'm Five - All Day Soothing Gel Lotion I LOVE THIS. It has xylitol that combats malassezia, glycerin and hyaluronic acid as humectants and panthenol for healing. It’s on iherb for 12 AUD too! A steal! The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Squalane squalane has helped my skin go from oily to normal, hence stopping your skin from over producing sebum where malassezia grows. elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 have had a hard time finding a good sunscreen this is one of the few malassezia safe sunscreens. Helps with hyper pigmentation. Nighttime: BIODERMA - Sensibio H2O Soothing Micellar Cleansing Water have tried others and always go back to this. Tried MCT oil, it’s malassezia-safe but oil cleansing is time consuming for me personally. ETUDE - Soon Jung, pH 6.5 Whip Cleanser I’ve tried vanicream but this massively changed my skin. facetheory - PoreBright Serum N10 only use on problem areas 2x a week. Salicylic & azelaic combats malassezia. Or AZCLEAR - Medicated Lotion Benton - Deep Green Tea Toner Like I'm Five - All Day Soothing Gel Lotion The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Squalane
ETUDE- Soon Jung, pH 6.5 Whip Cleanser
The Fungal Acne (Malassezia Folliculitis) Bible
I see a lot of posts about how people have cleared their FA, which is BEAUTIFUL (I myself have fallen to the despairs of Fungal Acne) I just see a lot of information that will do a lot more damage than good. I want to share some of the B E S T pages that helped me clear mine and so many others. First of all, if you haven’t read the holy grail of holy grails by F.C you are in for a royal treatment! https://simpleskincarescience.com/pityrosporum-folliculitis-treatment-malassezia-cure/ This man has broken down by science what FA is and how to treat it accurately and safely. Not only does he provide that, he has over 1,500+ of FA safe products we can use!! Does everything have to be FA safe? Better safe than sorry I say. While not everyone has severe sensitivities I have found it best that yes, a completely FA safe face, back, body, shampoo/conditioner routine is best. https://simpleskincarescience.com/fungal-acne-products-malassezia-pityrosporum-folliculitis/ Now, if you’re looking for more or browsing the web for products you’ll usually see a website called “sezia.co” this has been amazing for finding what is safe and what isn’t but you typically have to check again because it’s easy for that site to miss out on some, but NOW fungal friends we have: https://folliculitisscout.com Where we can run ingredients and find pre-listed products!! If you are on Facebook, please checkout the group “Friends with Fungal Acne” there you will find regular degular non judgemental people just trying to clear their skin. Amazing and supportive group! Ask questions if you have any!! I’d love to help 🤎
As of November 2019, for the first time I have acne at the age of 27. I had changed so much about my lifestyle at that point it’s hard to determine what’s causing it (started going to the gym, started eating meat again, started a new job, and changed my skin care routine). My skin has always been sensitive and is also dehydrated. Here I am months later, and my face is still an acne mess. I’ve tried everything under the sun. I believe my acne to be fungal which mean I should avoid an oily products as they can further clog my pores. Fungal acne happens when the skin and hair folicles are producing too much sebum and yeast. Currently this is my routine: - PETER THOMAS ROTH - Water Drench Cloud Cream Cleanser - PETER THOMAS ROTH - Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydrating Toner Mist -The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution - LANEIGE - Water Bank Hydro Essence - Aesop - Seeking Silence Facial Hydrator This routine is new for me, as I recently learned oils were no good for my skin type. My previous routine included 2 oils with the same cleanser. Would love to get any feedback and or recommendations
The Ordinary-Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
Breaking up 💔
Ok, I gotta talk about Dr Dennis Gross - Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel This product used to be my holy grail for almost two years. After winning a battle against cystic acne that lasted about 5 months, I was left with scars on my cheeks and some hyperpigmentation. It did a good job at smoothing out my skin and fading stubborn hyperpigmentation. The 2nd wipe with retinol used to make my skin feel so soft and healthy. HOWEVER, it's been two months now that I absolutely cannot use this anymore. My skin randomly got sensitive a few months ago. It makes my skin burn (especially my cheeks) and makes my face turn red. The first wipe is so irritating that the second wipe feels like sandpaper. I think the insanely-high amount of denatured alcohol has to do with the irritation. I have to make it clear that I really don't think this product was the cause of my sensitive skin though. I turned 25 and have gone through many body changes in the last year, but this product is really not suitable for my skin anymore. I also decided not to use so many actives everyday (this is a daily peel) to make sure to protect my skin barrier. I will unfortunately be parting ways with this product and will find another chemical exfoliator that won't make my skin feel like I'm pouring alcohol on an open wound. It did work for me for a while, but I don't think you should use this if your skin is sensitive. The price is also kind of ridiculous and the single-use wipes in individual wrapping is not super eco-friendly.
Dr Dennis Gross-Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel
Should you use an AHA, BHA, or PHA?
Chemical exfoliators help remove dead skin cells, which is amazing for targeting so many different skin concerns from acne, to dark spots and acne scars, to signs of aging. With so many different options for ✨chemical exfoliation✨ nowadays, I decided to put together a little cheat sheet to help understand all the main ones! 😝 There are three main categories: Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Beta Hydroxy Acids, and Poly Hydroxy Acids. The acids within each category generally work similarly, but there are some nuances. (I won’t be going into the finer details here though and will be giving more of an overview instead.) ✨ AHAs are great for surface level exfoliation, which helps even out and smooth skin texture such as fine lines, mild acne, flaking, or other texture like keratosis pilaris. By removing the dead skin cells on the surface, they can help give you an overall brighter complexion. There are also a few different ones to choose from, so there’s a high chance you’ll find one that works for you without the irritation. Keep in mind that the size of the molecule impacts how much it penetrates which increases potential for irritation. Just because a molecule is penetrating less does not mean it is less effective! It’s just different. ✨BHAs are great for deeper exfoliation by especially clearing our oils in your pores (oily skinned peeps!) which means fewer black heads (and other comedones too). You don’t have to apply skincare products to your entire face though, so if you find you have more blackheads in your T-Zone (hello combination skin), then you can just apply it to your T-Zone area to target it. It’s also related to aspirin so it can have some mild anti-inflammatory properties. ✨PHAs are the most gentle, so if you can’t tolerate AHAs or BHAs, or you’re just starting out, this ingredient is for you. They’re very similar to AHAs in that they achieve surface level exfoliation but without the sun sensitivity. In general, you do not need to exfoliate daily! Even 3 times a week is plenty, but if you’re just starting, definitely patch test and start slow (1x per week for a couple weeks, then gradually increase the frequency if you’re not experiencing any irritation). Lastly, remember to wear sunscreen especially with AHAs and BHAs because they make your skin more sensitive to sun (but really you should be wearing sunscreen regardless <-- more on this in my next post). #CheriePartner