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Everything You Need To Know About Fungal Acne!

August 16, 2019

Hello, assalamualaikum. Welcome back to my channel For those who don’t know me, my name is Maisarah Mahmud. Today, my room looks a bit different. You can take a look for yourself Because this is not my room. This is my brother’s room but he’s not here so I’m using it for now So today, I want to talk about one of the most highly requested video which is fungal acne For this fungal acne video, I’m splitting it into 5 sections And I want to give credits to Liah Yoo as well as simple skincare science website Because I referred to them a lot in order to talk about this fungal acne topic This website has a lot of good information on fungal acne. It is very good and comprehensive Because it shows all the medical research about fungal acne When I look at this website, it says if it were to make a book about fungal acne The book might be 50 pages long So this website is full of graphs, data, as well as the dos and don’ts It is really comprehensive I really appreciate this website because it has done a lot of research on this fungal acne So if you guys want to read more on their scientific research, medical papers You guys can go to What is fungal acne? Fungal acne scientific name is malassezia folliculitis Fungal acne looks a lot like normal acne that you get from breakouts But they will appear at places with high level of sebum production For example, our T-Zone They can also appear on our chest Or on our back Fungal acne appear as tiny little bumps and they look like whiteheads People often misdiagnose fungal acne as normal acne Because they have more or less the same appearance The difference between fungal acne and normal acne is Fungal acne is caused by fungal infection And normal acne is caused by bacterial infection So when people have fungal acne and they treat them as normal acne They won’t see any improvement For example, if we have fungal acne and we use topical treatments like benzoyl peroxide Please refer side note So, what causes fungal acne to happen? Fungal acne is caused by an overgrowth of fungi on our face As we all know, there is a lot of bacteria and fungi that live on our face And these microorganisms are called microbiome So, fungal acne is caused by one species of fungi called Malassezia And there is an overgrowth of them When there is an overgrowth of Malassezia, They will attack our hair follicles And that is the reason why inflammation happens That is the reason why you can see tiny little bumps on your forehead So, what causes overgrowth of fungi on our face? Firstly, it is caused by overproduction of sebum The main source of food for Malassezia is oil So when our skin is oily, there is a higher chance of us getting fungal acne Secondly, it is caused by hot weather We will sweat Fungi love hot and damp places So it is very common for people of South East Asia to get fungal acne because of the weather So when the weather is hot, there is a higher chance of getting fungal acne Because fungi feed on the contents of our sweat Thirdly, it is caused by antibiotics I read about this antibiotics factor on simple skincare science website where they show a lot of medical research papers When we consume antibiotics for an extended period of time, Bacteria population will decrease So it can lead to an overgrowth of fungi Hence fungal acne can occur because of the overgrowth of fungi Fourthly, it is caused by skincare products which are a very common factor If we use skincare products that contain ingredients loved by Malassezia There will be a higher chance of getting fungal acne How do we know whether we have fungal acne or not? The best way is to go see a dermatologist and request for a fungal infection check Because some people can get both types of acne They can get fungal acne as well as bacterial acne at the same time So when we diagnose it ourselves we might think it is fungal acne We might also think it is bacterial acne And we use treatments that are not intended for that acne We might end up not seeing any improvement on our skin But if you guys don’t want to see a dermatologist You guys can take a look at the symptoms of fungal acne The symptoms of fungal acne are: (Please refer to the side note) Because bacterial acne is not normally itchy If our acne feels itcy, high chances we might be suffering from fungal acne Secondly, .. (please refer to the side note) There is a high chance that our acne is not caused by bacteria Thirdly, .. (please refer to the side note) What ingredients do we have to avoid if we have fungal acne? Firstly, .. (please refer to the side note) If we have fungal acne, we can only use three types of oil that are fungal acne safe Which are: We also have to avoid fatty acids For example: linoleic acid, myristic acid, lauric acid, palmitic acid etc The second ingredient that we have to avoid is ester Ester is fun because my brother explained to me how ester and fatty acids are closely related For example, the fatty acid used is palmitic acid When palmitic acid is combined with alcohol for example ethanol The palmitic acid will be known as palmitate. It has -ate at the back The reason why we have to avoid ester if we have fungal acne is because ester still contains fatty acid The third ingredient that we have to avoid if we have fungal acne is polysorbates Polysorbate 20, 40, 60 and 80 The fourth ingredient that we have to avoid is yeast extract ingredients for example galactomyces Because when we use yeast extract ingredients, they can trigger a reaction within the fungi So, what kind of products can we use if we have fungal acne? For cleansers, we can use Simple Refreshing Gel And Simple Foaming Wash because they are fungal acne safe We don’t have to worry that much about cleansers even if they are not fungal acne safe Because cleanser only stays for a short period of time on our face And we would already have rinsed it off afterwards For toner, we can use Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion For moisturiser, we can use Cerave Moisturizing Cream For sunscreen that are fungal acne safe, We can use Sunplay Skin Aqua Moisture Milk Or Hada Labo Perfect UV Gel Before you guys start asking me questions whether this one product is fungal acne safe or not I will put the link in the description You guys can refer to it And you guys can refer to the things that I have talked about just now Especially the ingredients to avoid if we have fungal acne Because when we wear sheet mask, it will coat our face And provide nutrients to fungi And if we have fungal acne, don’t use cleansing oil because Malassezia really loves oil Instead, we can use micellar water So after all the babbles, how do we treat fungal acne? Firstly, we can use antifungals Because antifungals can inhibit fungal growth on our skin According to simple skincare science website, The best ingredient to use to treat fungal acne is ketocanazole which is proven by medical research papers In the website, it is said that 100 participants with fungal acne are called to test out this ketocanazole And the success rate is around 75% or 62% but I can’t really remember the exact figure According to the website, the standard treatment protocole is by using 2% ketocanazole shampoo The right way to use this 2% ketocanazole shampoo Is by putting the shampoo on the affected area And we leave the shampoo be for 3 to 5 minutes And we rinse it off afterwards Ketocanazole shampoo like nizoral has 1% ketocanazole The second ingredient that we can use to treat fungal acne Is honey or propolis extract Honey and propolis extract both have antimicrobial properties Antimicrobial means that it is capable of killing fungi on our skin We can also put raw honey on our skin Or if we don’t like raw honey, We can use products that contain honey or propolis extract For example, we can use Cosrx Propolis Light Ampoule Or we can use Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel The third ingredient that we can use to treat fungal acne is salicylic acid This is because salicylic acid has antifungal properties And it can also clean our clogged pores So when our pores are clean, there will be less oil on our face That can lead to fungal acne The problem with salicylic acid is that Most salicylic acid products use polysorbate 20 as stabilisers Polysorbate 20 is one of the ingredients that we have to avoid if we have fungal acne An example of product that contain salicylic acid is Stridex pads So I guess that’s all for my long video about fungal acne I hope you guys can have a better understanding of fungal acne from this video I hope I will see you guys in my next video. Bye Bye


  • Reply cik aynn April 17, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    I pakai rosken Moisturiser no wonder la x ok2 muka. Sbb ada polysorbate 20 😭😭 ingt tu pling ok. Anyone tau Moisturiser yg okay??

  • Reply Elizabeth aishah April 17, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Saya start workout saya punya fungal acne hilang terus

  • Reply Elizabeth aishah April 17, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Lepas workout kena cepar lap peluh sebab takut bacteria nanti merebak jadi muka fungal acne

  • Reply Nurul Asyikin April 18, 2019 at 8:27 am

    boleh ke pakai cetaphil and moisturizer die?

  • Reply S nuraeini April 18, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    assalamualaikum..sye nk tnya..boleh guna madu kan? kalau spu madu kat muka..muka akan rasa gtal or panas ke? and mcm mane nk tahu yg madu kita sapu tu ori atau x ?sebab if spu madu ori..mesti ade efek kan? mcm rasa gtal or madu ori xde rasa pape kat kulit muka? MOHON SESAPA YANG TAHU JAWAB TAU ! TQ !💋

  • Reply maisarah romle April 19, 2019 at 7:17 am

    I love your channel so much! so informative,im so proud tht we have the same name😂

  • Reply kookna jeon April 20, 2019 at 3:03 am

    i pakai product hada labo aha bha exfoliate untuk acne jenis ni (selalu dpt tang dahi) tak sampai seminggu dah hilang. bagus sangat. dulu mmg pakai licin habis but ada dalam sebulan tu tak pakai sbb dh habis hancurr muka naik balik but baru beli dalam minggu ni and pakai balik, slow slow hilang. dari banyak bintik bintik terus tinggal sikit je urgh love sgt

  • Reply Mimi Mimi April 20, 2019 at 7:57 am

    I tak skip iklan..

  • Reply Miey Miey April 20, 2019 at 8:10 am

    You can also check products korang tu promote the growth of malassezia or not kat website

  • Reply Fatkhiah Fat April 20, 2019 at 10:00 am

    How about if the product have polysorbate 60 and also have salicylic acid as a active product
    Is it will make the fungal acne grow too?

  • Reply tristin hazel April 20, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Kak mai, kalau before ni ada fungal acne tapi dah sembuh, n then nak try guna product yg ada galactomyces semula boleh tak?

  • Reply Amira Zaroi April 20, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    hi kak mai❤️ in other vid ,can u explain how to choose brightening product yg betul betul berkesan .thank you🍬

  • Reply nur suhada April 21, 2019 at 5:22 am

    Hi, Sis ada ckp bahan yang perlu kita elak jika ada fungal acne adalah polysorbate, tapi dekat sunscreen skin aqua uv moisture milk ada polysorbate 60, so mcm mne tu 😅

  • Reply Jihan Musa April 21, 2019 at 11:47 am

    macam mana nak dapatkan produk2 yg mai cakap kan tu? macam shampoo tu takder jual di Malaysia,boleh bg link mana nak beli?

  • Reply Aiyuni Amir April 21, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    jerawat pasir ke ?

  • Reply A F April 22, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    This is very informative. I have fungal acne on ny forehead for awhile now and didn’t know that cleansing oil helps to feed fungal acne.

  • Reply Mrs Bexol April 23, 2019 at 6:29 am

    Mai, kalau guna raw honey, dibiarkan semalaman or beberapa minit je?

  • Reply Syazlin Ishak April 23, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Kalau bedak sejuk boleh keeee

  • Reply afiqah Suhaimi April 25, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Assalam. I just want to ask. Can fungal acne mncul kt tmpat lain cth mcm dagu ke? And. If i have both kind of acne, which product should use? For the fungal or normal acne?

  • Reply Ayu Nazira April 25, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Kat mana nak beli Cerave cream ?

  • Reply Amanda Dunstan April 26, 2019 at 4:52 am

    Wahhhh tq for the info👌👍

  • Reply adammmn April 26, 2019 at 4:57 am

    hi’!kalau korang tengah sufferings with fungal acne ni,korang boleh pergi website and search all ingredients yg ada dalam skincare korang tu,i pun suffer with fungal acne ni about 1 year ago.and now boom!its gone 🔥

  • Reply Lucifer Broke April 26, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Thank you so much for this <3 And your skin is soooo beautiful

  • Reply a. April 29, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    love this!!!

  • Reply Shaheera Izzati April 30, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this! 💕

  • Reply Shera MasHas April 30, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Suka dengar mai explain. Jelas dan mudah faham 😍 thank you for the video.

  • Reply sya bella May 1, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Thank you so much for this sharing. Boleh tak next video cakap tentang tiny bumps?

  • Reply Moziz zack May 4, 2019 at 8:08 am

    mana nak cari nizoral ni😭

  • Reply Nurul Hazzuwanie May 4, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Vegeclear / vegecleanz suitable ke nak guna if ada fungul acne?

  • Reply aimi mrshd May 6, 2019 at 8:52 am

    kak mai , saya ada fungal acne dekat dahi then saya try PINK by Purebeauty its pore perfection (ada dekat watson) sbb saya check ingredients dia dekat web bagus untuk fungal acne. Alhamdulillah saya pakai 5 bulan dah hilang 🙂 btw thank you kak mai for sharing this ! ❤️

  • Reply ddiyanah Shaik May 6, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Dulu sy ada fungal acne ni dkt dahi mase tu sy pakai olay day cream je tp dh hilang slps beberapa bulan but then skrg ni muncul balik lepas sy start berjinak dgn toner hada labo ni 😭 dkt dahi n pipi pulak haih

  • Reply ddiyanah Shaik May 6, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Is it okay to apply tea tree oil if ada fungal acne ? Because i’ve been using it ..n i guess it’s clearing out little by little now

  • Reply Ezah Kassim May 11, 2019 at 5:01 am

    Rosken tuu sesuai utk fungal acne tak kak?

  • Reply Fairy Naa May 11, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Kak mai, boleh pakai aloevera tak kalau ada fungal acne ni?

  • Reply Ummira Zulkifli May 11, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    thnk youuu so muchhh

  • Reply farah lee May 11, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    im having fungal acne😭Thank you kakmai this is so informative❤️

  • Reply fasha nur May 16, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    akak nak tanya mary kay punye product okay ke

  • Reply jennyyogurl May 17, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Mana nak beli nizoral tu PLEASE KAK HELP ME

  • Reply dyaweena May 19, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    hi do you know any drugstore yang jual nizoral 1% shampoo ?

  • Reply Nurul Arina May 20, 2019 at 6:51 am

    kak mai please buat pasal cysti acne pula boleh?

  • Reply Beautiful Disaster May 21, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    me: *watching the video with sheet mask on
    kak mai: jangan pakai sheet mask
    me: ….

    hahaha thanks Kak Mai. you elaborate and explained your points very well. tengah struggle nak hilangkan fungal acne!

  • Reply Mlkyttt Symmy May 22, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Where to get shampoo nizoral di msiaaa

  • Reply Bob Boboy May 23, 2019 at 7:04 am


  • Reply NS Cheah May 23, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Dark circle pleaseeee

  • Reply nrulsyazana 327 May 24, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Truthly I cakap , I suka sangt dengan vid you , how u explain really help me !! Thank you !! I ❤️ u & ur vid so much !!!

  • Reply Fa Dfa_ May 26, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Boleh tak minta share dermatologist mana yang bagus untuk dapatkan rawatan?

  • Reply Tyra Yusof May 27, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    assalammualaikum. boleh share pendapat utk dermaplaning?

  • Reply Goldie Lilac May 29, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    How about face yg byk clogged pores? mostly area pipi. Kalau picit keluar mcm biji minyak and whiteheads. X gatal pun. But kulit muka jd tak licin & tak nice bila pakai liquid foundation. Any tips please

  • Reply Nur Hazirah May 29, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Ini kalau lecturer aku dengar bila nak buat presentation or explain something tapi guna ayat "pasal, pasal" confirm kene maki tang tu jugak. Hahahahah

  • Reply Izz T May 30, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Fungal acne sama dgn jerawat pasir ek? pls jwbb

  • Reply unicorn hailey May 30, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Simple toner okay tak for fungal ecne hmm

  • Reply nur eliza May 31, 2019 at 2:56 am

    Neutrogena toner okay tak hmm?

  • Reply Love Love June 1, 2019 at 5:40 am

    Ingredients dia ada cetearly alcohol . Selamat ke untuk skin ?

  • Reply eyka khan June 1, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Please do a video about COMEDONES ACNE pls 🙇🏻‍♀

  • Reply aro selva June 2, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Oh my god thank youuuuu so much 😭❤️

  • Reply Gila Gila June 3, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Terima Kasih Kak Mal.Sayang ketat ketat.Selamat Hari Raya.

  • Reply dongpyos bang dududu June 3, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    this is very helpful..
    love from Indonesia 💖

  • Reply Jobina Mohamed June 5, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Thank you girl 🙌🏻

  • Reply Jen Joon June 7, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    I suddenly got fungal acne on my 28th yo. Sangat susah nak treat, habis beribu pun x hilang. Siapa tahu mana nak dapat niroza tu ye?

  • Reply min suga jjang jjang man bong bong June 7, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    does anyone know where to buy that cerave moisturiser?????????

  • Reply DinoBloxGirl June 8, 2019 at 2:08 am

    Kak mai glycerine safe ke untk fungal acne?

  • Reply ZulSembangKencangBikers June 11, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Nizoral shampoo ada 2 jenis.ada yg merah mention antifungal dan warna biru yg u mention tu just mentioned anti dandruff..which one i should try actually?

  • Reply Fazira Ridzuan June 11, 2019 at 3:36 pm


    Ketoconazole cream is usually used for only 2 to 4 weeks.

    Wait at least 20 minutes after applying this medicine before you use cosmetics or sunscreen on the treated skin area. Do not wash the treated skin for at least 3 hours after applying ketoconazole topical.

  • Reply Naz June 19, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    How about Ethylhexyl Glycerin ?

  • Reply saint witch June 20, 2019 at 2:46 am

    nizoral shampoo ni kena order luar negara ka?

  • Reply hadirah azrul June 21, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Guna Aiken punya face wash ok Tak?

  • Reply mohd shah June 22, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Antibi0tik sbb kulit sy jd makin teruk . . . Thak y0u sis

  • Reply nurul sakinah June 23, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    macam mana dgn product yg ada bahan anti fungal acne dan bahan yg trigger fungal acne ..both dlm satu product ..cth tea tree oil dan Ethylhexyl Palmitate

  • Reply cindy monica June 26, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Can i use snail mucin with cerave moisturizing cream?

  • Reply Fazlinda Mohd Hairi June 27, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Tq mai… video ni sgt2 hmpir2 beli secret ket essence..huhuuu..

  • Reply Qistina Zainal June 28, 2019 at 12:40 am

    OMG SO HELPFUL. thank you!

  • Reply fasha nur June 29, 2019 at 10:11 am

    apa beza fungal acne dengan tiny bumps?

  • Reply wan nx June 30, 2019 at 10:54 am

    lactic acid sesuai tak dengan FA?

  • Reply Siti Hasnah July 1, 2019 at 3:43 am

    I fungal acne gatal

  • Reply Nrdayahh July 3, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Kak ada ke alcohol yang tak bahaya untuk kulit dalam skincare? sebab saya tengok ingredients ceraVe moisturizing cream ada cetyl alcohol dan cetearyl alcohol

  • Reply Nurhidayah Nor Sam July 4, 2019 at 9:10 am

    boleh pakai refreshing facial wash simple punya tak?

  • Reply Kaitou Kid July 6, 2019 at 4:57 am

    Bijak nye, study Medical ke?

  • Reply Tasya Sie July 10, 2019 at 4:42 am

    klau guna aha/bha save tak dgn fungal acne?

  • Reply Massarah Mohd Noor July 10, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Boleh guna scrub ke, kalau ada fungal acne?

  • Reply Elly Hj Rahmat July 10, 2019 at 7:35 pm


  • Reply Fatin Humyra July 13, 2019 at 11:43 am

    So soft spoken 🤣👍🏻💕

  • Reply Nureen Ain July 15, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Kalau sebamed skincare blh ke ?

  • Reply Uzumaki Naruto July 16, 2019 at 10:06 am

    So tak boleh guna cleansing oil lansung la ye?

  • Reply Kiasyahindah Othman July 18, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Kak maii,pls do a vid pasal dull skin

  • Reply rabiatul adawiyah July 18, 2019 at 11:27 am

    I love ur vid. Explanation sekali dengan research, cakap lembut, senang faham. Thankyou mai !

  • Reply Atikah Falli July 19, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    soooo informative! thank you for this

  • Reply Siti Zahiyah July 20, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    nak tanya .. kenapa muka naik biji2 kecik kat dahi .. sikit ja .. dekat pipi banyak sikit then kat dagu .. dia mcm merah2 and gatal kadang2 .. selepas guna product the ordinary Niacinamide .. sy patut stop dulu ka atau mmg dia mcm tuh ya .. sy gunakan hada labo hydrating lotion , mandelic acid the ordinary serta moisturizer the ordinary .. boleh bagitau sy cara dan Bila nak pakai .. tengah buntuuu .. huhu😢

  • Reply Puteri Zulaikha July 22, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Nizoral botol merah n biru sama ka ?

  • Reply عزة عطيرة July 25, 2019 at 3:11 am

    Ingredient to avoid for fungal acne :
    Polysorbate 20 ,esters , oils
    Me checking rosken sensitive skin cream ingredient : gasp
    No wonder my skin is not hving any changes hahahaahahahah kena tukar moisturizer niihh hmm
    But nk tahu once dah treat fungal acne ,boleh ke pakai produk yg ada ingredient tu ??
    Sayang rosken ni baru je pakai 2 3 bulan xkn nk buang 😭

  • Reply SAFIYAH SHAIK FARID July 25, 2019 at 3:59 am

    kak mai, klo muka saya minyak gila, tpi fungal acne boleh ke guna cerave yg akk suggest tu, x lagi berminyak ke?

  • Reply Irdina Huda July 25, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Alah dekat malaysia takde jual nizoral

  • Reply Nurul Hyun Lee July 27, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Thanks kak mai! 💓💓💓

  • Reply mrs momote.m July 29, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Assalam sis , nizoral tuh boleh dapatkan kat mana eh ? pls jawab sis 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿 thanks an advance

  • Reply sah sim July 30, 2019 at 3:51 am

    penjelasan yg akurat,

  • Reply nurul hazreen August 2, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Dear, sunplay skin aqua tu I tgok ingredient dia ada polysorbates smua tu yg ptut elak..Still boleh pkai ke

  • Reply its riri August 2, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Kak sunplay tu ada polysorbate kan

  • Reply A.NatashaLife August 5, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Kak mai boleh bagitau la kak mai pergi dermatologist mana?

  • Reply Ilhaaammm August 10, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Thank you so much for making this video!! Very informative!

  • Reply Nylixx Cx August 12, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Jadi xleh guna cleansing oil kan. I dh tukar guna cleansing milk sbb micellar water ni bleh buat muka nmpk kusam. Tp cleansing milk yg mana elok? Loreal or neutrogena? Sapa yg dh guna bleh tlg komen

  • Reply cokicoki lurve August 15, 2019 at 2:14 am

    Kira org ad fungal acne ni xblh pkai oil cleanser @ balm cleanser ke kak mai? (Sy already da ad micellar water garnier just nk guna cleansing oil 😢)

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