Are you suffering from breakouts that just won’t budge? No matter what treatments you try from home remedies to countless products, it just won’t go away – Well you could be dealing with fungal acne.
For starters fungal acne is technically referred to as Malassezia, it is not actually “acne”, these tiny bumps that appear under the skin and somehow ooze out a yellow like sebum when squeezed (which of course you shouldn’t do ) are not active acne. Despite its extremely close resemblance to bacterial acne, fungal acne is caused by yeast, which causes inflammation in hair follicles on your skin – hence causing pimple like bumps to form on the skin and will not disappear if treated like bacterial acne.
Now that you’re aware of what fungal acne is, let’s talk about what causes it and how you can get rid of it once and for all!
There are a few reasons as to why fungal acne grows. For starters if there is an imbalance between bacteria and fungus on the skin by taking antibiotics, fungus will overgrow and develop leading to fungal acne. Aside from that, climate and habits play an important role too. Fungi easily grows in humid and damp areas, which tends to happen during workout sessions. And unfortunately, some are genetically predisposed to overgrowths of yeast.
Clearing fungal acne depends on how severe it is, here’s a few ingredients you should look out for when buying products- they could just be the answer to your long heard prayers in eliminating fungal acne.
Look out for sulphur ingredients in skincare products – sulphur is not only an amazing anti-fungal agent that helps keep fungal acne at bay but also treats bacterial acne. Sulphur also helps reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, skin damage and post-acne marks too because of its ability to slough away dead skin cells.
An ingredient you might not be familiar with but..it’s in anti-drandruff shampoos! Yeah you read it right, anti-drandruff shampoos can be used as a spot treatment, leaving it on for 5 minutes before wiping it off. Ketoconazole is an anti-fungal fighting ingredient, use it twice a week to see a difference on your skin.
3. Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA)
Commonly known as BHA, works well for oil and acne-prone skin – BHA is able to penetrate through oil that seeps deep within and clogs pores. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties
Here’s 2 BHA products we here at Slayy are a fan of, check them out: