Not shortly after I posted my Face It post, on how I cleared my oily & problematic skin, I came across a spring of information that lead to so many revelations about skincare. I cannot tell you how excited I am – I can barely contain myself. You better hold onto your seat – it’s that good.

This whole process was like an avalanche. One new piece of information lead to another which resulted in me finally finding an overwhelming amount of information which not only allows me to finally clear my acne for good but also explains what I have and why I have it.

It all started with me watching a video by Sedona Christina on 5 healthy tips that changed her life. In the video, she mentioned how she used probiotics to improve the condition of her scalp and cure her dandruff. I’ve never had dandruff per-say but my scalp has never been in a great condition and so I decided to follow her advice.

Through watching related videos about probiotics, a video about curing fungal acne grabbed my attention. I didn’t know what it was and so my curiosity overcame me. After watching a few videos I was actually dumbfounded. My whole skincare journey made sense. These videos lead to the most comprehensive article on fungal acne to ever exist. I now understand the in’s and out’s of my personal skincare journey. This also lead to a very easy way of finding products that are best suited for this condition.

but, before we get into the technical stuff – let me build the ground work for you.

My Skin

Naturally, I have oily and acne-prone skin. I went on Roaccutane twice which cleared up my skin for the most part. After the Roaccutane flushed out of my system I started to experience acne again. As I’ve been on it twice my dermatologist was hesitant to put me through a 3rd round and so prescribed a bi-nightly vitamin A cream which helps at keeping acne at bay.

I changed my skincare routine and adopted certain habits mentioned in my Face It post. Through this, I saw major improvements but my skin still wasn’t where I wanted it to be.

The Background

I’m no scientist, but through what I’ve read and heard: in a broad sense acne can be caused by a multitude of things, such as hormone imbalances or excessive sebum production, but as for now we’ll focus on bacteria and fungi.

The most common cause and commonly diagnosed is acne caused by certain strains of bacteria. However, Fungal Acne can sometimes be misdiagnosed as being bacterial in nature. Fungal acne isn’t the same as Bacterial acne and so if treated with bacteria-related remedies there will be no improvement or the condition can worsen.

Fungal acne is caused by certain strains of fungi which camp out in your pores or hair follicles and feed off your sebum (the oil naturally produced by your body to keep your skin and hair from drying out). What I’ve gathered is that the fungi are situated more deeper in the skin than the bacteria and so the bacterial remedies don’t penetrate deep enough to have an effect on the fungi.

Which is also pretty suck-ish is that most products have ingredients which feed fungal acne. Fungal acne feeds on various forms of fatty acids, esters and oils etc. Therefore it’s really important to know which products to chose that are safe for fungal acne.


If you’re curious on the subject the website is very informative and supported by loads of scientific studies. Youtube is also a great option – some videos actually make reference to the website above so I’d recommend you start there.

I have Fungal Acne, what now?

At the beginning, it can be overwhelming as use’d need to check if the products you’re using is feeding the fungal acne or if they’re safe to use. But exactly how do you do this?

  1. Check the ingredients for the products you have by copying and pasting the ingredients list (retailers like Sephora or Clicks legally have to have them on their website) into these websites:
      • I prefer the first one as sometimes I have issues with the second one.
      • sometimes the way the text you copy is formatted influences the result from the website and it comes out safe when it is not. In those cases try using both websites.
      • you can also use this for checking makeup.
  2. Use and check the list of recommended products to find something that works for you.
  3. Find and wear makeup that doesn’t promote fungal acne.
  4. Use anti-dandruff shampoos or other products to kill the Malassezia overgrowth.
An Example of an Ingredients list

Final Thoughts

On the Simple Skincare Science blog I read that MCT oil, which is extracted from coconut oil, is safe to use with fungal acne. I used some and experienced itchiness and got breakouts from it. There could have been a valid explanation for this but I thought I’d put it out there.

8 Months Later

I’ve personally been sticking to these guidelines for a bit more than 8 months now and it’s the longest period I’ve been acne free for the most part. The only time I struggle with my skin is when I’m not consistent with my routine.

I hope you get to kick acne in the butt with all this knowledge you might have gained here!

Please comment any questions, suggestions or tips below.

Until next time.

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