Updated: Fungal Acne Skincare Routine

It's been about 6 months since my skin has been mostly under control. I wanted to share a list of my favorite products to help fight fungal acne. Sulfer and Nizoral weren't the best choices for me. My routine has changed and I've tried a bunch of new products.

Hada Labo Premium Lotion
Hada Labo Gel Cream
COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All in one cream

Cerave Healing Ointment
EltaMD Intense Moisturizer

Vanicream Facial Cleanser
Happy Cappy Medicated Shampoo

Eye Makeup Remover:
Swan Mineral Oil

Body Wash/Shampoo/Face Mask:
Happy Cappy Medicated Shampoo
Head & Shoulders shampoo
Selsun Blue shampoo 


Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Conditioner (*contains fatty alcohols)

DRMTGLY Broad Spectrum 45
DRMTGLY Universal Tinted Moisturizer SPF 46
Cotz Face Natural Skin Tone SPF 40
EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46

Note: EltaMD clear is safe and the tinted sunscreen is NOT safe. A tinted dupe is supposedly DRMTGLY Anti Aging Tinted Moisturizer SPF 46.


Retino A 0.025% (Tretinoin, not FA safe)

Retinol Routine:

First 6 months, starting with Differin- At night, I would wet my face, apply Hada Labo Premium Lotion all over and use Cerave Healing Ointment under my eyes, sides of the nose, and sides of the mouth. Apply a dime-size amount of Differin immediately. Optional: applying moisturizer before bed. I used Differin twice a week.

Tretinoin- Same application but wait for the moisturizer to dry for at least 30 minutes then apply a pea to a dime-sized amount of Tret. Wait at least an hour or before bed, reapply moisturizer and a layer of Cerave Healing Ointment on top.

Apply sunscreen in the morning and reapply if necessary.

Now: I try to use Differin daily and throw in 1-2 days a week of just Tret. I’m using a nonsafe Tret for anti-aging purposes. If I got a purge or breakout then Differin takes care of it. I’m still in my first year of Tret and I’m working my way up to being able to use the safe product: A-Ret Gel 0.1%

Note: Retinol usage and results will vary. Decrease the number of days if you experience any discomfort or burning. Apply water, moisturizer, and healing ointment on dry areas. Heal first before using it again.

I developed Angular cheilitis at both sides of my mouth. It looked like a patch of dryness. I treated it by applying Monistat 7 twice a day. It went away in a week or so. You can use Monistat 7 or any other anti-fungal cream to treat this dryness. Discontinue use after it’s gone. This is also something I’ve used to stop fungal acne outbreaks from further spreading (like the bad case on my ear lobe). I don’t recommend this as a daily treatment.

Shower Routine:

I apply shampoo to my dry skin on my problem areas: face, neck, and chest as a 5-minute mask. I also apply it to my scalp and upper shoulders as a ‘barrier’. I apply conditioner and try to keep it off my neck/shoulders until I rinse. 


I briefly considered going on the candida diet but it’s really restricting and not sustainable. I always thought dairy was a trigger for me but after reintroducing that into my diet- I had no noticeable reaction. It turns out gluten makes me break out the most. A day of pizza really helped me pinpoint it and any time I ever had beer had caused breakouts. Cutting back on that has helped keep my skin clear.

Recently I have been taking Nutrition Now Pb8 Acidophilus capsules. I’m wondering if it will fix my gut and help get rid of it. There’s not much information online about it. I’ll update if I notice any changes.

Fungal acne safe sunscreens for darker skin tones with supposedly no white cast*:

DRMTGLY Broad Spectrum 45
Cotz Face Natural Skin Tone SPF 40
EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46
Robot Skin Lab Gokujun UV White Gel (or Hada Labo UV White Gel)
Nivea - Sun Protect Super Water Gel SPF 50 PA+++
Missha - All Around Safe Block Essence Sun Milk- (GREEN CAP ONLY)
*These were recommendations I found throughout reddit


As always!! I’m a regular person, not a dermatologist. I went on the Simple Skincare Science blog to learn about fungal acne and chose products from the massive list. You can ask me questions about any of the products I’ve used but anything else that’s not listed...I’m not knowledgeable about it. I also can’t tell you if what you have is fungal because bumps are bumps. The ONLY way you can figure out if it's fungal is by eliminating products and only using FA safe products.

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Fungal Acne: Disclaimer

Hi! I've been receiving emails ever since I shared my "fungal acne" experience. I've posted what I found through research and what has worked for me. I can't explain the science side of it, offer other product recommendations outside of my posts, or help you decide if your skin problems are fungal. 

I'm not a dermatologist or qualified to be giving out advice.

Edit: 9/16/2020
I’m not going to respond to these emails anymore. Thanks for understanding

Please Note:

People can't judge online whether your skin problems are fungal or not. That's up to you by elimination and treatment or through a dermatologist.

Fungal acne isn't acne and will not respond to regular acne treatments. If you suspect you may have it then you need to look at the products you're using and see whether the ingredients are safe. Products like skincare, sunscreen, makeup, facial wipes, shampoo, conditioner, and other hair products.

Use only safe products and your skin should improve once there's nothing to feed the yeast. The bumps usually form clusters, can be itchy, and can worsen by not washing your sweat off after exercise or humid days.

I recommend using one of these products as a mask. 
The shampoos can be used as a facial cleanser and body wash.

1. Head & Shoulders (Pyrithione zinc 1%)
2. Selsun Blue (Selenium Sulfide 1% )
3. Nizoral (Ketoconazole 1%)
4. Dr. Eddie's Happy Cappy (Pyrithione zinc 0.95%)
4. De La Cruz Sulfur. (Sulfur 10%)

Some of these are really harsh if you leave it on too long. Do 1-2 times a week at 5 minutes and work your way up slowly. Drying your skin out too much can cause damage to your skin's barrier and have the fungal acne get worse. Make sure to cleanse, wet the face afterward, and apply moisturizer(s) then seal with vaseline. 

Please do your own research. It's all trial and error :)


Retinol for Fungal Acne

I had "fungal acne" for 2 years before knowing what it was and how to treat it.  Last year, I shared my experiences in 2 parts: Fungal Acne Skin and Fungal Acne Products. It's been over a year since and I still use some of the products! I decided to look into retinol because I'm in my late 20's now. I wanted to see if that would help with FA too.

I no longer get bad breakouts especially on my neck, back, or chest. I can't completely avoid that because it thrives off the humidity and sweat.


I used it every 3 days for the first month. I wet my skin, applied Hada Labo premium lotion and Cerave Healing ointment to the thin areas (corner of eyes, sides of nostrils, and corners of lips). I applied Differin immediately on top. I would apply moisturizer either the same lotion or Hada Labo Gel cream plus a light layer of Cerave healing ointment over it before bed.

I was shocked at how well behaved my skin became. There was a small purge for me but it was nothing terrible. My skin was tolerating it fine. No dry patches or peeling. I eventually stopped applying the extra moisturizers afterward. I still use a buffer before applying it.

Differin Purging

I noticed a difference with texture as soon as 2 weeks. Very soft, smooth, and glowing. Scars were fading faster than usual. I never kept up a skincare routine before. It made me realize how dull and dry my skin was.

Differin results at 2 weeks

Like I mentioned earlier, my skin was tolerating this very well and I started using it every 2 days. I've heard many stories on Reddit about the dryness and peeling.  I eventually stumbled upon Tretinoin. I was interested in trying something for anti-aging purposes. So... I'm actually using both right now.
Tretinon at 0.025%

This is really strong so the routine is different. I wet my skin, use my Hada Labo Premium Lotion and Cerve Healing Ointment on the thin areas. I let this dry completely in about 30 minutes. I apply a very small amount of Tret then wait 30 minutes up to an hour before applying my layers of moisturizers. It really depends if I'm going to bed soon. You can't skip the moisturizers at the end. I've accidentally used a little more than a pea-size amount and became a peeling lizard for 1-2 days.

Clear skin who dis

I've been using retinol for almost 4 months now. 5-6 weeks were just Differin then the rest have been Differin and Tret. I split it up across the week. At least one day in between each application. I do Differin, Tret then back to Differin.

It's obviously not a cure but my skin has become a lot more manageable. I'm careful with the products I use on my skin now. I have more clear skin days than anything else. I still get breakouts occasionally because of the humidity/sweat issue but one application of retinol takes care of it.

Before & After


Alter Ego Temptress Palette Review

Alter Ego just released their first palette. Temptress was inspired by the ABH Sultry palette. I'm always excited to try out a dupe because we all can't justify spending high-end prices. This palette has a variety of matte and metallic shades.  Most are warm but there are a few cool/neutral shades: Whisper, Stiletto and After Hours. It's only $16. Right now is the best time to order since there's free shipping and they are including a free 2 piece brush set!

Click here to use my code tinymoon for 15% off.

*Alter Ego sent me this product in exchange for an honest review

Packaging: The palette was in a bubble wrap sleeve and wrapped in black tissue paper. The box was put in a gold bubble wrap mailer.


These were shot outdoors in overcast lighting. My method for swatching will always be a swipe and a soft blend to mimic the way we apply to our eyes.

Whisper, Lust, Blush, and Uptown needed 2-3 finger swipes to show off the pigmentation. Metallic shades were good with one swipe. Stiletto looked really dark in the pan. I did several swatches to show off the buildability. 

My eyes are small so I've never used black eyeshadow other than for eyeliner. I was really interested in trying this shade out because super pigmented blacks are crazy intimidating. My first impression was that this particular shade was really patchy until I used a brush to blend.

Lace disappeared on my arm so I had to swipe a thousand times for it to show. I'm NC20 by the way.
After Hours also has two swatches to show off the buildability.

The brush set includes a shadow and blender brush. Since my eyes are too small, I was only able to use the large brush to apply a base color down. The smaller brush I used for creating a higher crease for my slightly hooded eyes. Both were surprisingly soft! Now to comparing... The smaller brush has a shape similar to my Hakuhodo eye brushes but is twice the size. The larger one is similar in size to ELF's Flawless Concealer brush but it's flatter. It's just too big for me to use to put down any crease colors.

The eyeshadows applied more pigmented with a brush. I used my finger for some of the metallic shades but Fix+ really made it pop. I used both of the brushes for all my looks including smaller eye brushes.

Base color: Lace
Crease: Whisper
Middle + Inner Corner: Sterling
Outer-V: Stilleto

I did a test of what I hate doing on myself. I can never pull off the blending for those silver dark looks. It always looks messy. These shadows made it easy for me to control. No annoying patchiness. I was really shocked since I always go overboard with the outer v portion but it built up nicely. I didn't want the black to be super pigmented so this is a super wearable look for me.

Base: Lace
Lid: Blush
Crease: Uptown
Middle + Inner Corner: Champagne and Seduction
Outer-V: After Hours

I used Blush for a soft pink look with a pop of Champagne in the center.  I had some minor issues with blending After Hours in the outer v. A little patchy but I went over with Uptown to help blend!

Wear Test:

I applied my makeup at 10am and wanted to see how long it would last at work. I was running around in a warm building for 5+ hours. Sometimes my makeup melts off. My eye makeup didn't budge or smudge for my whole night. It was still pigmented at 11pm.

Base: Lace
Lid: Uptown
Crease: Sterling
Middle + Inner Corner: Ritz (Fix+) and Seduction
Outer-V: Stilleto

If you need some reference to compare quality for dupe palettes. I prefer this Alter Ego palette over my Bad Habit ones. I don't want to have to fight to get shades to blend especially the matte ones. This palette will work for a beginner or someone who lacks techniques (like me!)

I really hope in the future, they will come up with their own color schemes and more brushes (smaller please!!!)

Temptress is cruelty-free and paraben free. Retails for $16. Right now is the best time to order since there's free shipping and they are including a free 2 piece brush set for now.

Click here to use my code tinymoon for 15% off. 

*Alter Ego sent me this product in exchange for an honest review


Style: Dear Darkness Doll Dress

This was my first purchase from Dolls Kill. I've been aware of the website over the past few years but it was out of my price range. I decided to reward myself after hitting my fitness goals. I didn't want to pick something simple like a plain black skater dress. Don't need an overpriced one of those! I couldn't find anything I really liked within a "budget" I set but then I went onto the next pages and found this. It's the Dear Darkness Doll Dress by Killstar. I bought it from Dolls Kill since they had a 20% off sale.

Killstar's size chart is here. I've heard mixed reviews about their sizing. My measurements fall under a size small but I decided to go with a medium instead. I would recommend sizing up to be on the safe side! It's a perfect size and I'm able to put it on over my head since I'm a lazy.

I was drawn to the lace, keyhole chest and ribbon tie. I haven't owned a satin dress before so this is very different to wear casually.   I randomly wore it one day and my boyfriend told me I looked like a witch.
Isn't that the best compliment???

 Dress- Dolls Kill / Tights- Dolls Kill / Boots - Unknown

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