Updated Fungal Acne / Malassezia Folliculitis Korean Skincare Routine

I’ve Updated my Fungal Acne Stash!

Ok guys, the Avène routine from my previous post on Fungal Acne was great, I used it for a year straight – the Avène Mousse Nettoyante Cleansing Foam and the Avène Tolérance Extrême Emulsion. There is absolutely nothing wrong with them, they work perfectly, and after a year of use, I saw so much improvement in my skin. That bumpy texture on my forehead was nearly gone, and my cheeks were as clear as a baby’s butt. All without Nizoral (gave me the most terrible rashy reaction) or sulfur (same thing) or any antifungals for that matter.

Tried and tested, I completely stand behind these two Avène products and actually swear by them. The Mousse is not stripping, so you really get a gentle cleanse that leaves your skin barrier in tact. Although I’ve run out of the big bottle, I still keep a mini version for travel. The Emulsion is actually quite thick and hydrating with awesome ingredients (yay for squalane!) so you really don’t need to use any hydrating toners or essences if you go this route.

However! Your girl got bored! I mean, how long can you keep going day by day with just 2 products? Solution: Korean skincare research day. I spent about two days researching Fungal Acne safe Korean skincare products and came up with a routine that I’ve been using for the past 2 months and that has worked great for me! I’m also loving how aesthetically pleasing all of these are. Also, the glow I get is just goals. Sharing below in order of use:

The Malassezia – Safe Korean Skincare Routine

Fungal Acne Safe Korean Skincare Routine
  • Hanyul Pure Morning Gel Cleanser – how cute is this bottle? This is another gentle cleanser with a slightly acidic (remember our skin is also slightly acidic) p.H of 6, it’s perfect for maintaining that skin barrier. Free from harsh surfactants, oils, esters, and the like. I find it to be perfect for my skin.
  • Some By Mi AHA BHA PHA Miracle Toner – use it up to every other day to gently resurface the skin (those AHA’s in action) and to penetrate deeper into the skin (BHA’s actually bypass the oils that clog pores and dissolve the sebum and dead skin that lead to acne). Added bonus: contains 2% Niacinamide.
  • Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner – this is SOOOO hydrating, and is not exactly a toner, but is more of an essence in the texture department. It’s perfect for the 7-skin method (or 5-skin or 3-skin or however many “skins” you want to have). Gives a beautiful hydrated glow, even underneath serum, moisturizer, and the whole shebang.
  • Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum – of course, not Korean, but it is the ONLY serum I use and the ONLY serum with effective active ingredients I have found that works for Fungal Acne skin. So excuse me while I go slather that on. Caution: do not use on days you use AHA/BHA.
  • Iunik Centella Calming Gel Cream – you know a product is good when you buy 4 of them as backups. Simple no-fuss ingredients, a gel formula, very mild pleasant scent, bang for the buck – what more could you ask for? It contains Centella Asiatica (aka Gotu Kola in Ayurveda), which has been effectively used in traditional medicine to treat small wounds, burns, and psoriasis. This study shows that particularly in cosmetology, Centella Asiatica increases the synthesis of collagen in the skin, and research results indicate that it can be used to treat photoaging skin. No excuse to NOT wear sunblock, but those benefits are pretty impressive. Another added bonus: also contains Niacinamide. LOVE.
Fungal Acne Korean Skincare Glow
That glow though

I hope this curated list is helpful. In my hunt for variety, I used a few other products that were alright but didn’t make it on the list. I know we’ve got such a limited choice of products with our fungal acne / malassezia folliculitis issue. I wanted to shake up my routine a little and share my new findings with you. Ta ta for now!


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