What is Fungal Acne?

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Hey there, SkinTalks readers! Let's chat about this thing called Fungal Acne, also known as Malassezia Folliculitis or Pityrosporum Folliculitis. It's like a sneaky infection that is usually caused by yeast. This infection messes with your skin's hair follicles. Instead of the usual acne with blackheads and whiteheads, you get these small itchy pimples that all look kinda similar.


The tricky part is that Fungal Acne and regular acne vulgarism are totally different. So, if you keep slathering on anti-acne treatments, you might actually make your fungal acne worse. Yikes!


In this blog we're talking about the Do's and Don'ts of Fungal Acne, dive deeper into what causes this skin concern and also how to treat it. If you are curious about how to treat fungal acne and looking for the best products for fungal acne, we are here to help!

Fungal Acne

Acne


1. What causes Fungal Acne?


Let's talk about yeast - yes yeast! Almost everyone has a kind of yeast on their skin naturally. It's usually not a problem, but things can go wrong when the hair follicles get damaged or blocked, and the yeast finds its way in. So, how does this happen? 


Well, there are a few things that can mess with your follicles:


• Friction:when your skin rubs against itself too much, it can cause irritation and mess up those follicles.


• Heat and moisture:if you keep your skin all hot and sweaty for a long time, like in a humid environment or when you're sweating buckets, it can lead to follicle  damage and give the yeast a chance to party.


• Hair removal methods:shaving, plucking, or waxing can be rough on your hair follicles.

• Constant fiddling: if you're always touching or rubbing your skin, it can irritate those follicles and upset the natural balance, giving the yeast an opportunity to overgrow.


• Hot tubs or whirlpools:spending time in hot tubs or whirlpools creates a warm and moist environment that the yeast just loves. So, be careful if you're a regular hot tub enthusiast.

2. Ingredients and products to avoid


A great way to combat fungal is to be mindful of ingredients that might "trigger" your skin. Always check product labels and test products out on a small patch of skin before applying to the face. This can aid in making choices that are less likely to aggravate Fungal Acne. 


When it comes to ingredients that can worsen Fungal Acne, there are a few to watch out for: 

  Fatty acids and oils: yeast loves to feast on fatty acids and oils, so using skincare products that contain these can fuel the growth and spread of Fungal Acne. Look out for ingredients like:

 Lauric Acid

 Linoleic Acid

 Myristic Acid

 Oleic Acid

 Palmitic Acid

 Stearic Acid

 Tridecylic Acid


 Esters: esters are a combination of a fatty acid and an alcohol or glycerol. Since fatty acids are a no-no for fungal acne, it's best to avoid esters as well. They often end with 'ate' in ingredient lists, such as:

 Isopropyl Palmitate

 Decyl Oleate

 Glyceryl Stearate

 Polysorbates: these sneaky ingredients can contribute to the growth of Fungal Acne. Keep an eye out for any ingredient with 'Polysorbate' in its name, such as:

 Polysorbate-20

 Polysorbate-40

 Polysorbate-60

 Polysorbate-80

 Fatty alcohols: while most fatty alcohols come from vegetable sources like coconut or palm oil, they can clog pores and hair follicles, leading to more Fungal Acne. Look out for ingredients like:

 Lauryl Alcohol

 Stearyl Alcohol

 Oleyl Alcohol

 Ferments: skincare products that contain fermented ingredients, which often involve the addition of bacteria and/or yeast, should be avoided if you have fungal acne. Examples of fermented ingredients include:

 Berries

 Seaweed

 Tea

 Yeast

 Coconut oil: coconut oil is a common culprit that should be avoided by both Fungal Acne and regular acne sufferers. It is highly comedogenic, meaning it clogs pores. Additionally, it contains a high amount of Lauric Acid, one of the fatty acids you want to steer clear of.

Stearic Acid

Berries

Seaweed

Tea

Coconut Oil

2. Ingredients and products to avoid


A great way to combat fungal is to be mindful of ingredients that might "trigger" your skin. Always check product labels and test products out on a small patch of skin before applying to the face. This can aid in making choices that are less likely to aggravate Fungal Acne. 


When it comes to ingredients that can worsen Fungal Acne, there are a few to watch out for: 

  Fatty acids and oils: yeast loves to feast on fatty acids and oils, so using skincare products that contain these can fuel the growth and spread of Fungal Acne. Look out for ingredients like:

 Lauric Acid

 Linoleic Acid

 Myristic Acid

 Oleic Acid

 Palmitic Acid

 Stearic Acid

 Tridecylic Acid


Stearic Acid

 Esters: esters are a combination of a fatty acid and an alcohol or glycerol. Since fatty acids are a no-no for fungal acne, it's best to avoid esters as well. They often end with 'ate' in ingredient lists, such as:

 Isopropyl Palmitate

 Decyl Oleate

 Glyceryl Stearate

 Polysorbates: these sneaky ingredients can contribute to the growth of Fungal Acne. Keep an eye out for any ingredient with 'Polysorbate' in its name, such as:

 Polysorbate-20

 Polysorbate-40

 Polysorbate-60

 Polysorbate-80

 Fatty alcohols: while most fatty alcohols come from vegetable sources like coconut or palm oil, they can clog pores and hair follicles, leading to more Fungal Acne. Look out for ingredients like:

 Lauryl Alcohol

 Stearyl Alcohol

 Oleyl Alcohol

 Ferments: skincare products that contain fermented ingredients, which often involve the addition of bacteria and/or yeast, should be avoided if you have fungal acne. Examples of fermented ingredients include:

 Berries

 Seaweed

 Tea

 Yeast

 Coconut oil: coconut oil is a common culprit that should be avoided by both Fungal Acne and regular acne sufferers. It is highly comedogenic, meaning it clogs pores. Additionally, it contains a high amount of Lauric Acid, one of the fatty acids you want to steer clear of.

Berries

Seaweed

Tea

Coconut Oil

2. Ingredients and products to avoid


A great way to combat fungal is to be mindful of ingredients that might "trigger" your skin. Always check product labels and test products out on a small patch of skin before applying to the face. This can aid in making choices that are less likely to aggravate Fungal Acne. 


When it comes to ingredients that can worsen Fungal Acne, there are a few to watch out for: 


Fatty Acids and Oils:

Yeast loves to feast on fatty acids and oils, so using skincare products that contain these can fuel the growth and spread of Fungal Acne. Look out for ingredients like:

 Lauric Acid

 Linoleic Acid

 Myristic Acid

 Oleic Acid

 Palmitic Acid

 Stearic Acid

 Tridecylic Acid


Esters:

Esters are a combination of a fatty acid and an alcohol or glycerol. Since fatty acids are a no-no for fungal acne, it's best to avoid esters as well. They often end with 'ate' in ingredient lists, such as:

 Isopropyl Palmitate

 Decyl Oleate

 Glyceryl Stearate

Polysorbates:

These sneaky ingredients can contribute to the growth of Fungal Acne. Keep an eye out for any ingredient with 'Polysorbate' in its name, such as:

 Polysorbate-20

 Polysorbate-40

 Polysorbate-60

 Polysorbate-80

Fatty Alcohols:

While most fatty alcohols come from vegetable sources like coconut or palm oil, they can clog pores and hair follicles, leading to more Fungal Acne. Look out for ingredients like:

 Lauryl Alcohol

 Stearyl Alcohol

 Oleyl Alcohol

Ferments:

Skincare products that contain fermented ingredients, which often involve the addition of bacteria and/or yeast, should be avoided if you have fungal acne. Examples of fermented ingredients include:

 Berries

 Seaweed

 Tea

 Yeast

Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil is a common culprit that should be avoided by both Fungal Acne and regular acne sufferers. It is highly comedogenic, meaning it clogs pores. Additionally, it contains a high amount of Lauric Acid, one of the fatty acids you want to steer clear of.

Stearic Acid

Berries

Seaweed

Tea

Coconut Oil

3. How can I treat Fungal Acne?


The key here is to treat Fungal Acne differently from regular acne. Don't go reaching for your usual acne products. Nope, that won't cut it. You need special treatments for Fungal Acne to kick it to the curb. Now, let's talk prevention.


Keep your skin:

1. Clean and dry

2. Avoid heavy, oily products that can feed the Fungal Acne on your face

3. Choose breathable fabrics

4. Don't let sweat build up

5. Hygiene is key to keeping Fungal Acne at bay


Remember, it's all about understanding your skin and giving it the care it needs!


4. Fungal Acne safe routine


Sooth and treat your Fungal Acne prone skin with products that contain:

 Tea Tree

 Salicylic Acid

 Mugwort 


However, we understand that it can be overwhelming to navigate through skincare ingredients and find products that won't worsen Fungal Acne. Which is why we have found products that are 100% safe for Fungal Acne, and don't have any of those pesky ingredients we talked about earlier. Have a look at the best products for fungal acne and build a fungal acne safe routine.


Get ready to conquer Fungal Acne with these must-haves: 

Whether you're struggling to find the right fungal acne safe products or wondering what ingredients to avoid, we hope this blog can serve as a guide to help you whenever you're feeling a little lost. 


And whenever you might feel confused about products or have questions, the KS team is always here to help.


Take care and until next time. 


Love, Brittney


About Brittney

Hi, SkinTalk readers! I'm Brittney and I’m 23 years old. I am a passionate and dedicated graduate cosmetologist.

Skincare has always captivated my interest, and I find immense pleasure in helping others enhance their skin's health and appearance.


Having struggled with acne-prone skin myself. However, my journey took a positive turn when I discovered Korean skincare. The transformative effects it had on my skin brought back my confidence and self-assuranceThis personal experience inspired me to delve deeper into the world of Korean skincare. 


Skincare is not just about superficial beauty; it's about nurturing and caring for yourself. By guiding you towards effective skincare routines and suitable products, we can not only enhance your skin's health but also boost your self-esteem. I am committed to sharing my knowledge and expertise.


Join me on this journey of self-care and discovery, where we unlock the secrets to beautiful and resilient skin. Remember, your skin deserves the best. With the right guidance and products, we can unleash its true potential.


Together we can achieve healthy, glowing skin that radiates confidence and self-love!

About

Brittney

Hi, SkinTalk readers! I'm Brittney and I’m 23 years old. I am a passionate and dedicated graduate cosmetologist. Skincare has always captivated my interest, and I find immense pleasure in helping others enhance their skin's health and appearance.


Having struggled with acne-prone skin myself. However, my journey took a positive turn when I discovered Korean skincare. The transformative effects it had on my skin brought back my confidence and self-assuranceThis personal experience inspired me to delve deeper into the world of Korean skincare. 


Skincare is not just about superficial beauty; it's about nurturing and caring for yourself. By guiding you towards effective skincare routines and suitable products, we can not only enhance your skin's health but also boost your self-esteem. I am committed to sharing my knowledge and expertise.


Join me on this journey of self-care and discovery, where we unlock the secrets to beautiful and resilient skin. Remember, your skin deserves the best. With the right guidance and products, we can unleash its true potential.


Together we can achieve healthy, glowing skin that radiates confidence and self-love!


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