My Morning Skincare Routine for Fungal Acne | 3 Steps to Clear, Youthful, Glowing Skin

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If you’re currently struggling with fungal acne, then today you’re in for a real treat. That’s because I’m dropping my morning skincare routine that is 100% fungal acne safe!

If you’re not sure what fungal acne is or if you have it, then check out some of my other blog posts to get the full story.

Even if you don’t have fungal acne, the routine I’m about to drop uses products I would recommend to everyone – whether you’re suffering with a skin condition or not. Seriously, I wish this information had been around 10 years ago when I was at the height of my acne struggle.

If you’re curious, you can read more about my personal acne story here.

Otherwise, without further ado, let’s get into my morning skincare routine. This is a fairly simple 3 step routine with some optional steps.

As always, this is my opinion, and you do not have to follow my advice if you don’t feel it’s right for you. I encourage you to do your own research and to make your own informed decisions when it comes to choosing a skincare routine.

Step 1: To Cleanse or Not to Cleanse?

The first thing I do when I wake up each morning is head to the bathroom and assess my skin’s situation.

Is my skin looking a little oily? Greasy? Any residue or film from last night’s products? If so, I’ll start with a gentle cleanser. My tried & true is this Bioderma Sebium Purifying Cleansing Foaming Gel. I massage a small amount into my skin and always rinse with cold water!

On the other hand, if my skin is a little dry, I’ll skip the cleanse and move straight into moisturizer.

Step 2: Moisturizer + Optional Actives

My next step is to moisturize my skin, and I can’t stress enough how important this is! Even if you have oily skin, you still need to moisturize. Your skin can never fully heal itself (yes, even from acne) if your moisture barrier is out of whack. And healthy, clear skin is what we’re after. Right?

I also use this step to think about the actives I want to use on my skin. Right now that is Vitamin C. This might vary according to your needs, but actives are simply ingredients that treat or prevent specific conditions in your skin. For example: Vitamin C is great for brightening, fading hyperpigmentation, and adding overall clarity to your skin, which is something mine needs to help with old acne scarring.

Admittedly, my moisturizing routine is a bit more complex than just applying a moisturizer. You might even call it extra, but the goal here is to really seal in moisture.

  1. Spritz your skin with filtered water until it is lightly dripping.
  2. Massage a humectant into the skin, such as Hyaluronic Acid.
  3. Spritz the skin with water again.
  4. Apply a few drops of an Active, such as Vitamin C, to your moisturizer for added benefits.

I use these mini spray bottles to spritz my face, and my favorite humectant is Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 by The Ordinary. I place one drop on my forehead and one drop on each cheek, then gently massage it in.

The beauty of hyaluronic acid is that it holds 1000x’s its weight in water. Wow, wow, wow! Impressive, but what does that mean for our skin? A plump, youthful glow- of course!

After my humectant dries down, I’ll spritz my face with water again, and then I put a couple drops of Vitamin C into my moisturizer (I’ve been loving this Vitamin C Booster by Deciem). I mix a few drops with CeraVe Moisturizing Cream and massage it into my skin.

You might be thinking: CeraVe Moisturizing Cream– isn’t that for your body?! Isn’t that a little rich for the face? Personally, my skin loves it, but if you’re not comfortable using it on your face, I understand. I recommend Bioderma Hydrabio Gel Cream Moisturizer or First Aid Beauty Coconut Water Cream as great fungal-acne safe alternatives.

Step 3: Sunscreen

I let my moisturizer soak in and dry for at least five minutes, but your mileage may vary. Once that’s done, it’s time for the final step in my skincare routine: sunscreen!

I know I said I couldn’t stress the importance of moisturizer enough, but turns out I also can’t stress the importance of sunscreen enough. WEAR YOUR SUNSCREEN!

Sunscreen is our #1 defender against aging. Making it a habit is going to prevent wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and more. The higher the SPF, the better. And when you’re 50 or 60, come back to this blog post and thank me because you still look 35.

I currently use and love Paula’s Choice CLEAR Ultra-Light Hydrating Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30, but check out this video on sunscreens to see other fungal-acne safe sunscreen options.

Once that’s on, my morning skincare routine for fungal acne is complete.

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Fungal Acne-Safe Products I Recommend

If you think you may be suffering from fungal acne, or even if you’re just suffering from regular ol’ acne, here are some skincare and makeup products that won’t hurt you. In fact, they’ll help you heal. These are products I personally use.

Paula’s Choice RESIST Daily Hydrating Fluid Face Moisturizer SPF 50
EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF46
Stridex Maximum Strength Medicated Pads
Differin Gel (Adapalene 0.1%)
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 30ml
Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser
FAB Hello Fab Coconut Water Cream
Hada Labo Skin Plumping Gel Moisturizer
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Soothing Micellar Cleanser Makeup Remover
BIODERMA Hydrabio Gel Crème Moisturizer
Biossance 100% Squalane Oil
CeraVe Healing Ointment
CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser 4% Benzoyl Peroxide
Clearsil Stubborn Acne Ultra 5 in 1 Pads
Albolene Moisturizing Cleanser
BIODERMA Sébium Purifying Cleansing Foaming Gel
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
Summer’s Eve Fragrance Free PH Balance Cleansing Wash
CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30
AVEENO Baby Cleansing Therapy Moisturizing Wash
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water
Asterwood Naturals Hyaluronic Acid
CeraVe Baby Cream
CeraVe Hydrating Micellar Water
2oz Amber Glass Small Empty Spray Bottle, Fine Mist Spray, Set of 3
St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse
Paula’s Choice RESIST Daily Hydrating Fluid Face Moisturizer SPF 50
Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation
EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF46
FAB Hello Fab Coconut Water Cream
Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Lip Color
NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Contour Concealer
NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Full Coverage Foundation
Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream | SPF 35
NYX Face & Body Glitter
DUO Brush-On Lash Adhesive by Ardelle
Medusa’s Makeup Mineral Eye Dust
bareMinerals Loose Mineral Eyecolor
NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil
Makeup Revolution Luxury Banana Powder
Wet ‘n Wild Color Icon Bronzer
Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30
AVEENO Baby Cleansing Therapy Moisturizing Wash
L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water
Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow Pots
Maybelline Superstay Ink Crayon Matte Longwear Lipstick
bareMinerals Blush
bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15
Medusa’s Makeup Baked Eyeshadow
Medusa’s Makeup Eyeliner Seal (Eye Dust Elixir)
CeraVe Hydrating Micellar Water
Kryvaline Face Paint Palette
2oz Amber Glass Small Empty Spray Bottle, Fine Mist Spray, Set of 3
St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse

And that’s it! Be sure to leave a comment if you have any questions about this fungal-acne safe morning skincare routine. Do you love, hate, agree, or disagree with any of this information? I’d love to discuss it with you!

Be sure to check out my nighttime skincare routine, which is a bit more complicated and involved, but well worth it.