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1.14.2019

Fungal Acne Products (Part 2)

De La Cruz 10% Sulfur Ointment

Sulfur is an effective treatment against conditions like dandruff, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, etc. People have shared successful results with it so I decided to try it out. I applied it and left it on for 10-20 minutes. Obviously, this stuff smells but I don't particularly notice it.

Hado Labo Skin Plumping Gel Cream

I've bought this about 2 years ago and loved it. This gel-cream contains urea and squalane. Urea is known to treat skin conditions, it's very hydrating and inhibits fungal growth. If you remember my earlier post, I mentioned that squalene is a trigger. Squalane is actually the safe one! Most Urea creams contain esters so Hado Labo is a good option.

If you like Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Gel Cream then switch over to this.

Noble Formula 2% Phyrithione Zinc Bar Soap

I've used this in the past out of Curology's recommendation. Just don't choose the acne triggering one: Cocoa Butter. This soap has helped my neck/back. Noble's soap contains oils which could trigger fungal growth so YMMV!

Some people have used this to apply to their face but it's very drying. You will feel squeaky clean. I wouldn't recommend this as a daily treatment.


Stridex Pads Maximum Strength

I apply and leave it on for 20-30 minutes. I used it every other day to treat. This drastically changed the way my skin looked after one day. Salicylic acid is recommended to use since it's not as drying as Benzoyl Peroxide. It doesn't increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun either.

First-time users: Use it once a week then eventually move up to 2 times a week. I've used this product enough to know my skin. I did have sensitivity and dryness when I first started. Now I could use this several times a week with no tightness.

Hada Labo Hyaluronic Lotion

I've used this for over a year. It's a hydrating toner that most people use after cleansing or chemical exfoliants. I liked to put on my regular moisturizer first and then pat this lotion on top of it. It's super moisturizing. This version's consistency is a thin, liquid that you only need to use a small amount of. I don't find it sticky but some people do. There are 4 ingredients in it that are humectant moisturizers.


Hada Labo Premium Hyaluronic Lotion

The reason why I got the premium version is that it has 5 ingredients types of hyaluronic acid and urea. Since it's not easy to find safe products that contain urea, I'll take whatever I can! The consistency is thicker and you only need 2-3 drops. This lotion is also known to be a bit sticky for some people.

Nature Nate's 100% Pure Raw & Unfiltered Honey

I was inspired to try out raw honey due to this post: [B&A] I cured facial sebhorreic dermatitis using a raw honey mask!

I was desperate because my skin was extremely dehydrated, red and swollen. I left the honey straight on my face for about 3 hours. I was really shocked at how much my skin improved. I used this the next 2 days for about 2-3 hours. Redness was gone and bumps were disappearing.


Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser

This is my favorite cleanser. It reminds me of Cerave's Hydrating Cleanser. It has a gel-like consistency. It's really gentle and lathers up better than Cerave! It removes any remaining makeup and leaves my skin feeling soft.


Monistat 7

I had found out through research that some people were using this product to clear their skin. My fungal acne was spreading rapidly to my neck and one of my earlobes. The bottom lobe was red, covered in tiny bumps and swelled up. It was also spreading behind my ear. I used Monistat 7 on my neck, ear and all over the face. My skin wasn't as inflamed and it helped it stop from spreading further. Only used this a few times and recommend it for those that have tried everything. I wonder if any anti-fungal cream could do?

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It's crazy how different my skin is after making all of these changes. I never once thought I even had fungal acne since it looked hormonal. The huge difference is the lack of itchiness I have on my face and neck. I had these breakouts going on for nearly 2 weeks straight then cleared up immediately within 2-3 days.

The products that helped me the most:

Moisturizers: Hado Labo Gel Cream and Premium Lotion (both contain Urea)
BHA: Stridex
Treatments: Raw Honey and Sulfur Ointment
Neck/body: Zinc soap


I noticed a drastic improvement by using Stridex and Raw Honey within 2-3 days. I alternate between those two and the sulfur to prevent breakouts. I love Hado Labo products so I'm not even mad about giving up my other moisturizers.

1.11.2019

Fungal Acne Skin (Part 1)

For 2 years, I had struggled with acne and nothing worked. I cut out possible triggers: certain ingredients, products, and food. It didn't feel like regular acne since I've always had the same type and this looked different. I had cystic acne as a teenager and mostly clear skin by my early 20's without any assistance. Not even a facial cleanser. I was lazy but I only had to deal with some hormonal bumps or whiteheads that would disappear the next day. I rarely ever broke out on my forehead. Those bumps would remain there for up to a week.

I believe the cause was due to switching to a different birth control pill. I immediately got bumps/whiteheads all over my forehead. I assumed it was a side effect and waited out 3 months with no improvement. I switched back to my regular pill and thought it would turn my skin back to normal. Nope! This was so itchy that I had to take Benadryl often.

My theories were adult acne, niacinamide allergy, dairy sensitivity or some other unknown allergies. I stopped the skincare routine I was doing (Cerave products, Retinol, BHA, sunscreens, serums) and only used super gentle products (Neutrogena, Hado Labo, and Vanicream). The bumps never went away but it was becoming less intense towards the last year. I kept using products that I had no issues with prior to the breakouts so nothing ever clicked.



I've been following r/skincareaddiction for years. It's where I found all the best product recommendations and routines. One day I stumbled upon a post about fungal acne but I never once thought it applied to me. It's not something you can easily search for pictures of and most websites said it was *only* closed comedones on the forehead. (I would get clusters of whiteheads on my forehead, temples, cheeks, jawline, and neck.) Eventually, it was my last resort because I had tried everything with no sustainable improvement.

I came across this post: Pityrosporum (Malassezia) Folliculitis Treatment: Kick Fungal Acne’s Ass (How to). There are many things that are considered triggers: fatty acids, oils, polysorbates, esters, yeast ferments, squalene,  amino acids + lipids together, and benzoyl peroxide. Possible triggers were ceramides, glycerin, and your own sweat!

*Some people reported that their diet was also a trigger. So it is possible that dairy was one for me.


This was extremely problematic because the majority of my skincare products contained those ingredients. Cerave moisturizers have fatty acids, ceramides, and esters while their cleanser had polysorbates. My gentle Neutrogena cleanser that I bought twice had esters/polysorbate. I started looking up the ingredients in everything else: sunscreens, body soap, shampoo, conditioner, and makeup.

Why was my acne improving during certain times?

Apparently, I already owned some fungal acne safe products. It's difficult to find products that are 100% safe to use. So it's a YMMV situation. I made a document to track all of my products. My favorite moisturizers, cleansers, and sunscreens had to go. Baby wipes that I sometimes used to remove my makeup were bad. This finally made sense why my skin would improve then later get worse.





How do you get it?

It's not acne since it's actually Pitoyrosporum Follculitis (Malassezia). It's caused by a yeast infection. It's also possible to get other skin conditions like dandruff, psoriasis, eczema, etc.

Prolonged use of antibiotics, steroid use, birth control pills 🙄, stress, fatigue, high humidity, hot weather, sweat, excessive occlusion and more.


If you have fungal acne, you can use Head & Shoulders shampoo as a facial cleanser. I decided to try out Nizoral Anti-Dandruff shampoo with Ketoconazole 1% since people had great results. There was an improvement by the next day so I kept it up. After digging around, I have noticed some people ruined their skin by using this product.

I made the mistake of using this too much. It irritated my skin so badly that it got dehydrated. Guess what? Damaging the skin barrier can induce growth for fungal acne.

The top photo shows a typical breakout on my face and neck. The second photo is a few days of doing treatments including Nizoral. THEN I dehydrated my skin so both sides of my face were badly inflamed, dry and covered more in bumps. This whole process took nearly 2 weeks. I tried some new products which ended up saving my skin within 3 days!


My skin has been itch free since January 3rd. Part 2 will be coming soon! I'm going to share what products I used to get those after results.

1.04.2019

My Lolita Dress haul


Last year, I wanted to try out a simple dress specifically for a future convention. I can't imagine wearing it in my daily life though. It makes me feel too much like a doll. I decided to go with My Lolita Dress.


I had a huge interest in Japanese street fashion when I was a teenager. Back when Livejournal was a thing, I would browse images on there from the magazine Fruits. I liked Decora's neon colors and a thousand accessories. All the various Kei styles always layered items together well. My top favorite style was Gothic Lolita since the darker colors could make the outfit simple, cute or elegant. I always wanted to try it out but I never had enough money or the right resources to find more affordable options.

DETAILS

Dress: Sweet Organza Tailored Lolita Short Sleeves OP Dress $57.99
I ordered this in size L.  My bust is 91cm and waist is 71cm. Nothing is tight and it's easy to get on over my head. I don't need to unzip it. The chiffon fabric

Petticoat: Diamond Honey A-line Shaped Super Puffy Lolita Petticoat $23.99
My first petticoat and this is a beast. It's for dresses that hit above the knee. It only comes in "average" sizing which goes up to 75cm.

Bag: Angelic Pretty Horror Bat Lolita Bag (Replica) $33.99
I remember when this bag came out and I wanted it but my wallet did not. I don't mind getting the replica at all!

💀 Shipping to the US was $48 💀 

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Other Outfit Details:
The wig is from Ebay  (Lolita Women Gradient Curly Daily Cute Japan Party Cosplay Wig Heat Resistant).
Stockings are Killstar's Neoma
Boots are Hot Topic

12.31.2018

Amazon Favorites


I've used Amazon so much this year to try out new products and stock up on favorites. I've spent so much time browsing other people's lists on there. Searching on your own can take too long to come across something decent so here I'm sharing my favorite buys!




There are good budget-friendly shears when you need a trim! It made touching up my bangs easy to do since it was so sharp.


I only bought this to destroy my legs with since I've been nonstop battling ingrown hairs. This towel actually makes a difference. It's really long so you can scrub your back with it as well. It's rough but perfect for exfoliation and lifting up hairs

A very tiny ceramic iron that I used to style my bangs with! I always took this with me if I were going to be away from home. There's no temperature control but it heats up well and fast.

This is amazing to use as a mask after you've bleached or damaged your hair. I wasn't able to make it work as a leave-in for my hair type. I used it as a rinse out conditioner. It's extremely heavy so if you have curly hair and need that kind of moisture, then this is for you.



This was my favorite product for my chapped lips. The only issue is that they don't make a smaller portable size. This product is huge! I've used this on my face as well for any dry patches.


This is my favorite brand for water bottles. I've gotten the 32oz for $18 and the 40oz for $21. Normally it's in the $25-$30 range. I've put ice in this bottle at midnight and woke up in the morning with very cold water. It has double wall insulation and does not sweat! It's handwash only.

I love to use these for work and school. I tend to write really fast and these pens are super smooth! I often stock up on these packs and the black ones.

Everyone needs an external battery for Pokemon Go! I use this for my iPhone 6s. It charges fast and while you play.
I've used these to store Japanese curry! These are great for freezing. I like using these containers since it's compact and you can stack to save room. I've seen similar containers that are taller and deeper but these are enough for me.
These were recommended to me. I immediately bought the 20 pack before trying one. I really love ramen and the spicy sold me. It's not super hot but still has more flavor than anything I've gotten from a store. I always added egg and green onions!

10.25.2018

Halloween Nails ft. Maniology


I ordered from Maniology after getting inspired by Halloween nails on IG. I don't have any experience beyond regular painting. The vinyl decals are called Jack's friends and these can be used as nail art or stencils! I picked up a few packs since I love the bats. I got their mini stamper and scraper, a cuticle protector and 2 polishes! My favorite item is the nail plate: Fright Night. I didn't know that was a thing. Such noob.






There were a couple great ones. Some got smudged. It will be easier next time!


My favorite ones are the ghosts and bats. I wanted to use some other patterns but I didn't have the right polish for it. I even attempted using a red on the trick or teat nail but it was too thin to show up. I tested my top coat on the cat and turns out I need something else to use since it smeared.

Have you heard of Maniology? Where do you get your nail supplies from?

10.07.2018

Cute Finds: Retrolicious

I really love the colors in this one and it doesn't look too busy.

I originally saw this on Ashley's IG and fell in love. This is on my wishlist! 

This was my favorite colorful pattern but it's only available in size small. No idea if they will do a restock though.

I just binge-watched the whole movies so I'm really liking this dress haha

One day I'll own a dress full of lemons!

Available in a crop top here.




What's your favorite? Retrolicious has a lot more cute patterns and even Halloween styles!
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