Fungal acne usually strikes the body, specifically on the chest and back. However, it occasionally sneaks up to the face for some. A Redditor who goes by Aphylaxis (real name: Elisabeth Chin) recently shared how she quickly dealt with a fungal acne breakout on her face on the AsianBeauty subreddit. She also revealed before and after photos, dated Tuesday, September 24, and Saturday, September 29, and the results were shockingly apparent. Her skin went from looking like she was visibly dealing with a breakout to smooth and clear.
“Recently moved to SE Asia with intense humidity, and I’m sweating all the time,” Chin wrote. This is a prime atmosphere for fungal acne flare-ups, by the way. They usually occur when your skin experiences a buildup of excess yeast known as malassezia, which is in the same biological classification as fungi, within hair follicles. Yeast levels tend to increase during hot, humid weather or when you’re sweaty. “High yeast levels promote inflammation, which, in turn, manifest on the skin as pus bumps,” explained Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, in a full explainer about the skin condition.
“But thanks to extensive research from Simple Skincare Science, an ingredients cross-checker from u/TangiestIllicitness, and some existing data on Skincarisma, I purged the products that contained stearic, myristic, and palmitic acid, polysorbates, and esters,” Chin wrote. “I think it’s the new cleanser the [Garnier Pure Active Sensitive Gel Wash] that has completely changed my skin, but I owe so much to Cosrx too.”