Alright, if you’re here, it’s safe to assume you already think you have fungal acne. The real issue is that you just want to be 1,000% sure before you totally revamp your entire skincare and makeup routine, reset your thinking, and start reading every label. I hear you!! I’ve compiled a few of my best tips below.
REMEMBER! I am not a dermatologist. The only way to know without a doubt that you have fungal acne is by visiting a dermatologist and getting properly tested. These tips are designed to give you clues as to what may be going on with your skin/acne. I cannot officially diagnose you.
Tip 1: Your Acne Itches
You have acne like bumps and they ITCH! They often present as little white heads or a cluster of small uniform bumps. The products you are treating with make it more itchy/irritated.
Tip 2: Your Acne is Stubborn
Your acne is super stubborn. The pimples don’t respond to any treatments, or they only partially respond. But no matter what: your acne is a nightmare you just can’t wake up from. The spots never go away, much less the scars & hyperpigmentation.
Tip 3: Blacklight Test
This is a cool way to tell if you have fungal acne, but your results may vary depending on your blacklight. Get a blacklight and shine it on an active pustule (pimple filled with pus).
- If the pimple has a coral, red, or orange tinge: it’s most likely bacterial acne
- If the pimple has a yellow, white, or blue tint: it’s most likely fungal acne, or malassezia folliculitis
- If your pimples have both colors, then congratulations! You have both fungal and bacterial acne (yayyyyy)
Tip 4: You Have Other Skin Conditions
Are you suffering from dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, or other mysterious skin rashes? These can be indicators that you already suffer from a fungus-based skin condition. Ironically, the products used to treat these conditions often make them worse.
If you’re at a total loss as to what’s going in with your skin, I want to give you some encouragement here!
The biggest tip-off for me is the fact that I have had severe eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis on my lip, my ear, my hands, neck, and arms for YEARS. And though I’ve tried every remedy I can find online or buy in a store, nothing ever made these conditions better.
After suffering from severe cystic acne for a majority of college/young adulthood, I finally got my skin more stable, but I was never able to truly clear my acne. I noticed that my face was always feeling itchy- especially after slathering on lotions, potions, creams, or a full face of makeup.
All in all, if you’re experiencing a combination of these symptoms, I would consider looking into how you can treat your skin differently, because it’s worth a shot! Just be warned, the journey ahead may become intense. It’s going to require a mind shift and a lot of reading labels, but that’s why I’m here to help!
What Should I Do Next?
If this blog post resonated with you and you think you might be suffering from fungal acne, then good news: there’s hope! I have been able to completely transform my skin using products that are accessible and affordable. For the first time in 15 years, my skin is clear without any harsh chemicals or medications. It actually feels like real skin again!
Now take a deep breath & get ready to clear you skin. You’re going to change the way you think about your skincare and makeup from here on out, and I promise the sacrifices (RIP Nars Sheerglow) will be worth it!
Here’s a list of my best resources just for you:
Change Your Skincare Products
- My Morning Skincare Routine for Fungal Acne
- My Nighttime Skincare Routine for Fungal Acne
- Basic Skincare Routine for Fungal Acne
- The Ordinary Products that are safe for Fungal Acne
Change Your Makeup Products
- Foundations that are safe for Fungal Acne
- CC & BB Creams that are safe for Fungal Acne
- Sunscreens that are safe for Fungal Acne
- Concealers that are safe for Fungal Acne
Patience & Consistency Are Key
I know this might not be what you want to hear right now, but the key to clearing your acne (fungal or not) is patience and consistency! We’ve all heard a million times that good things take time, and when it comes to clearing your skin, that couldn’t be more true.
But there’s more to the story. Consistency matters. And I’m not talking about using harsh exfoliators, chemicals, or medications that destroy your body (I’m looking at you, Accutane!). I’m talking about adopting a gentle routine and following it to a T.
Furthermore, don’t be afraid to pivot. If you try a product and it doesn’t work for you, then try something else. Don’t give up.. there’s a cure for your skin, you just have to find it! Check out this article: Why Isn’t My Skincare Working?
My Youtube Channel
I have even more videos all about fungal acne & how to get clear skin on my Brooke’s Beauty Bazaar Youtube Channel. Check it out!
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