My Updated Skincare Routine and Starting a Fungal Acne Skincare Line!
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Alrighty. Last week I promised I’d be going over my updated skincare routine, so here it is in all its glory! Are you ready?
Featuring just TWO products. :p
**drum roll round two**
(That luxury packaging though….)
- Rinse with water
- DIY Urea Cream
- Oil Cleanse with DIY Salicylic Acid Oil
- DIY Urea Cream
When if I’m feeling extra naughty I’ll use the oil as a serum too. And that’s it!
Anti-climatic much? Worry not fellow skin warrior. If all goes right both these products will be available early next year! 😀
That’s right! After 3 years of researching and blogging about malassezia, I finally feel confident enough in my own formulations to launch a fungal-acne safe skincare line! 🙂
For those interested, here’s the ingredient list of the Urea moisturizer:
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Urea, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Sodium Polyacrylate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trideceth-6, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Allantoin, Hyaluronic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
UPDATED VERSION AS OF 9/14/2020:
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Urea, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Sodium Polyacrylate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trideceth-6, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, Hyaluronic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin
I must have gone through 50+ prototypes in the past couple years trying to perfect this one, but boy was it worth it! To give you an example of how effective its been for me, check out these before and afters that are only two weeks apart:
The first photo is my irritated / broken out face after trying to acclimate my skin to tretinoin for 8 months, and using copious amounts of CeraVe Cream. The second photo is just two weeks after I dropped everything and introduced the two DIY products above.
And because I know there will be skeptics out there, here are the screenshots of those pictures in my phone with their respective dates for proof! 🙂
My girlfriend is also on the same routine as me (plus sunscreen because she’s very fair and does not have a melanin — yes, not even one). Here’s the current state of her skin:
UPDATE 9/14/20: here’s a more recent picture of her skin, which has continued to improve! 🙂
Now before you get excited, there is some bad news…. I won’t be able to adequately scale and manufacture everything on my own, which means I’ll have to hire an outside lab. This will add a few months to the entire process, but the goal is to launch sometime late March / early April 2020. I don’t know how realistic that is, but damn it I’ll die trying!
UPDATE 3/9/2020: unfortunately that wasn’t realistic. I’m now aiming for December! You can follow me on instagram for updates.
I currently have 3 candidates I’ll be reaching out to, but if anybody reading has a lead or works in the industry — by all means, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m looking for a lab that’s very cooperative, can produce my formulas in bulk, source unique ingredients if required, and provide stability testing.
Alternatively, if you are a cosmetic chemist that would like to collaborate with me, please send a message! 🙂
Why I’m Doing This.
Throughout the last couple years of vetting products, and constantly being asked if something is “safe” I realized something troubling: it’s almost impossible to know for sure.
Hear me out.
Even IF an ingredient list checks out and looks great on paper (or Sezia.co :p), there’s still the problem of purity or cross contamination.
For example, let’s consider something incredibly safe like Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride — an ingredient studies have shown is directly anti-fungal against malassezia. (1)
Turns out, that’s not always true! Depending on the manufacture, it may contain upwards of 4% C12 / C14 fatty acid triglycerides, (2) which as you all know is extremely unsafe! And this problem exists across a whole host of ingredients.
Really, when people ask me if something is safe I’m assuming the best case scenario. The only way to know for sure, would be by asking companies about their individual ingredients and manufactures….. and ain’t nobody got time for that!
One of the benefits of starting my own skincare line (aside from making badass products that don’t exist yet :p), is that I’ll be able to control for every confounding variable like quality ingredients.
It’s also why I’m currently not using sunscreen or cleanser!! I don’t necessarily recommend doing this (haha), but I wanted to give my products their due diligence. What better way to test this, than being my own guinea pig?
Furthermore, I’ve committed to only using my products moving forward because the goal is to eventually expand the skincare line to include everything: cleansers, body washes, serums, treatments, sunscreen, makeup (not that I wear makeup :p), shampoo, conditioner etc.
However, this will obviously depend on how much demand and funding there is once things get rolling. It goes with saying that every dollar spent by you guys will go back into the research and development phase of new skincare items.
So…. if you want this to happen, let me know by signing up below!
The people that subscribe to that list will also be given a preorder code before the official launch. This will be especially useful because given the traffic of this blog, there is a possibility (slight as it may be), that inventory sells out the first month given the amount I can currently invest upfront.
Signing up to that list will also keep you involved in the development process. For example, I might send out a survey here and there asking stuff like, “if we made an oil cleanser, would you prefer its base to be MCT or Squalane ?” OR “should we make a niacinamide or azelaic acid serum?” etc.
It will be a good way to crowdsource product ideas and what ingredients you’d like to see in them! If all goes to plan, we could be the first community-built skincare line for malassezia!! 😀
Anyway, that does it for this blogpost. I hope you join me on this endeavor, and I wish you the loveliest Thanksgiving week!
MAKE IT AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩
You deserve a Nobel Prize in Skin Care
TAKE MY MONEY! 🙂
Long time lurker here, I just wanted to say how amazing this sounds and I can’t wait to try these out!!
There would literally be no company I’d trust more than yours. Take all my money dude, all of it
PLEASEE HAVE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING!
I love your blog, I’m still going through my own skincare struggles but I’ve learned a lot from reading about the science behind my skin problems through your research. It’s hard to find clean products that won’t irritate my skin so I hope you will ship internationally (hopefully the UK!) if you succeed in your Fungal Acne line.
Thank you and good luck 🙂
I’d buy that moisturiser so fast. The biggest issue with that habo lobo holy grail urea lotion whatever it’s called, the only thing I’ve been buying for years now, is how much plastic that packaging is. It’s insane. I’d be so excited about a less bulky package—mega bonus if its priced cheaper than the habo lobo equivalent, but that’s just wishful thoughts. I have notifications on my phone when the habo lobo goes on sale and that’s when I buy it. Regardless, stoked to support what you come out with.
OH MY FUCKING GOD I AM HYPED DUDE!!!! YAAAS!!!
Wow. Just. WOW! I am so happy for you and so ELATED to read this! I’ve been following your blog for quite awhile, now, ever since I started tretinoin last year and started paying attention to skincare ingredients. Your knowledge has helped me immensely and I am wishing you SO MUCH LUCK on this new venture (AND I am interested in trying them out when they launch!). Again, SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! <3
Fantastic news for you as I’m a real supporter of your blog! Appreciate all your research and concise way of explaining products. I use your
Recommendations and have turned many people on to you as well. By the way, I have no acne or other skin problems as I am 60 years old, but I use your ideas to control wrinkles! And make my skin hydrated and healthy. Thank you for all you do!!!
It sounds like a dream!! Can’t wait for the makeup products but skincare is the most important part !! It’d be nice to be able to buy everything from one place only!! Thank you thank you for being so dedicated to finding the right products and now for making the right one!!
Dude, can I be on your VIP list to get first dibs on a pre-order since I guessed what your announcement was in the last post? 😉
You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for this! So proud of you and I can’t wait to hear more on the developments! ❤️
This is incredible news. Congratulations!! I can’t wait to try it and I really hope your skincare line will be available in the US!
Ever since you wrote about your DIY urea cream, I’ve been dreaming about it. I am SO FRICKEN EXCITED!
Knowing that Philippines is one of the top-most countries where people of different ages suffer from fungal acne, it would be a great privilege for us if we could purchase your product line that’s in line with fungal acne treatment. We’re looking forward to your brand’s success and… worldwide shipping! <3
Is there a way to make this without HA? This looks great but HA is a huge trigger for me
Will support you all the way FC! I hope to get my hands on this though I’m on the other side of the globe but hoping for the best! Best of luck and thank you as always for keeping it real
AHHH!! This is so amazing!! Congratulations!
I CAN’T wait for the release.
I do not doubt that I will purchase every single one of your products happily, this is like a dream come true for me, finally being able to trust what i put on my skin.
You completely changed how i view skincare, I’ve been reading all your posts for years!
So excited to be using your products for years now as well 🙂
I appreciate all the hard work and dedication youve put into this life changing blog, and i cant wait to use all your life changing products.
Best of luck.
This is incredible. It’s probably the first time I’m hyped for a skincare product. I’d love if you’d make the moisturizer (or the line in general) as boring, but effective as possible lol. Honestly, I just want something that works. I don’t need fancy new trendy ingredients, ultra whitening, plumbing or super soothing. I just want to moisturize and be moisturized throughout the day! All the popular and “simple” products like Cerave and Hada Labo break me out and it is such a struggle to find something that simply moisturizes and also let’s me keep that moisture!
Also, I’m quite interested in your oil cleanser, do you have the ingredients list for that one as well? Does this one emulsify and rinse off easily? I’m currently using pure squalane to oil cleanse, but it’s such a pain to get it off afterwards. I know you wrote in your fungal acne post about simply mixing oil with cromollient SCE, but I’m not that big of a fan of mixing things at home since I’m scared I might accidentally contaminate my products with whatever is on my hands, etc.
I greatly appreciate all the work you’ve done and am excited for what the future brings!