Fungal Acne and Malassezia Warriors LISTEN UP! (Sample Routines)

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Sup everyone? Since the comment section in the malassezia treatment guide is getting a little hard to keep track of, and I’m constantly being asked for sample routines, I thought it’d be cool if we all share our experiences here. So….

If you’ve read that blog post, and are making progress (or not) — let us know! Share your routines, experiences, what’s helped out the most, what products are holy grails, which ones have been a farce etc.

Hopefully we can get some dialogue going to help others out. I’ll go first!

What f.c. is Doing.

Skin type: combination, dehydrated. My t-zone gets oily throughout the day. Cheeks and chin are dry.

Prone to: acne and pityrosporum folliculitis.

Skin concerns: I have some lingering post inflammatory erythema (PIE) on my cheeks from a breakout differin caused me last month. It’s why I decided to drop differin this week (after 3 months of using). I just feel like it makes my face more red, and slows the rate at which PIE fades.

Other than that I get micro-congestion, or as someone referred to it “tiny grains of sand,” on my upper cheeks and forehead if I don’t use 10 minute sulfur masks or 5 minute benzoyl peroxide contact therapy on a weekly basis.

Current skincare routine:


Slather GALACTOMYCES all over my body first thing in the morning…. Just kidding. XD

Rinse with water

Hada Labo Perfect UV Gel SPF50 PA++++  

Note: I chose this sunscreen over all the other Asian ones because it doesn’t contain glycerin or tocopherols. As I noted in the malassezia guide, glycerin is only problematic in very high concentration, but I figure avoiding it altogether in my sunscreen can’t hurt. Tocopherols may contain trace amounts of distilled soybean oil (honestly, I’m probably just being paranoid about this :p)


Oil cleanse with MCT Oil

Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser

DIY 2% Salicylic Acid Toner

I’m sill experimenting with this one. I’m having problems with it crystalizing after a few days or being too sticky for my liking. UPDATE: I’ve mastered that shit.

If I were to chose a store-bought BHA it would be the good ol’ trusty stridex. It’s the only salicylic acid product I’ve used that works for me. The Paula’s Choice BHA irritated my face / caused breakouts because it contains polysorbate 20, which feeds malassezia (the same happened to my sister).

DIY 5% Urea Moisturizer OR CeraVe Cream

I’m trying to decide which one I like more. This week I’ll only be using the Urea cream to hopefully make up my mind once and for all. Here are the ingredients for those interested:

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Petroleum, Urea, Sodium Polyacrylate, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trideceth-6, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Hyaluronic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.

It’s SUPER basic and easy to make. Probably one of the simplest DIY’s I’ve tried. If enough people are interested I’ll make a separate post about how to make it.

UPDATE 7/25/17: I’ve been exclusively using my urea cream and see no reason to leave it anytime soon. It has been doing wonders for my skin. I’ve changed the formula quite a bit though, for example, replacing caprylic/capric triglycerides and petroleum with squalane. I LOVE THAT STUFF!

Been using the Timeless 100% Squalane Oil, and cannot recommend it enough. I literally slather that sh*t on my face every night haha. I prefer it over all the other oils I’ve ever tried. Since I’ve incorporated it into my routine I’ve been needing to use active ingredients less and less. I’ll definitely be doing a full review / ingredient breakdown of squalane in the future.

Cerave Healing Ointment (I use this every couple nights depending on how dry my skin is feeling)

De La Cruz Sulfur Mask (10 minutes) or 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide contact therapy (5 minutes). Like I mentioned above, if I start noticing some “micro-congestion / sand grains” I’ll do this once a week until the little boogers are gone.

What My Younger Sister’s Doing.

Skin type: combination, normal. Her t-zone gets oily. Cheeks and chin are normal.

Prone to: acne and pityrosporum folliculitis.

Skin concerns: “Congestion, dullness, and sensitivity…. I guess.”—Little sister. I think she was just saying something to say something. I honestly don’t notice any of that stuff haha. -__-

Current skincare routine:


Rinse with water

SKIN AQUA UV moisture Milk SPF50+ PA+++ (she considers this holy grail)


Oil cleanse with Mineral Oil

Vanicream Gentle Cleanser (she was using the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser up until recently, but I convinced her to come over to the dark side! :D)

Stridex Pads

Benton Soothing Gel or CeraVe Cream (depending on how dry her skin is)

Now comment below with your routines, experiences, or anything else you wanna share!