So I thought this would be an interesting and helpful post. Interesting because you won’t believe the miracle product I used and helpful because it seems like something girls have struggled with, but never got their answers.
Now before I carry on typing, please note that I am not a dermatologist (obviously) and it doesn’t mean what my problem was is your problem- always go to a dermatologist for any skin conditions.
I must say, I do normally always go to a dermatologist if something is up with my skin, but this time after doing research, I thought I could maybe treat myself and it worked perfectly.
Long story short…
I had these tiny and itchy bumps all over my forehead. If I was outside or under bright lights it was BAM there in your face. I thought to myself that maybe it was pimples and decided to go to Dermalogica to see if they could treat it. The lady at Dermalogica said straight away to me that it is definitely not pimples or acne, but she thinks it’s an allergic reaction and these acne products will not work.
I then came across a Youtube video from Kathleen Lights (my fave Youtuber btw) and she literally had the same problem! Her skin started flaring up and she knew something was up. You can watch her video here for some more insight. Anyway, she realised that it could be something called Malassezia Folliculitis. Basically, it happens when yeast bacteria, which naturally occur on your skin, get under your skin and into your hair folicles.
So I thought ok it must be something I’m eating or doing differently for these things to pop up. I thought maybe because I’ve been gyming a lot lately, it could be caused by sweat? But I always make sure to clean my face right after a gym session. I then realised after researching that certain things can trigger it and basically “feed” the yeast (sounds nasty) and will make it worse and your skin will flare up.
My trigger, believe it or not, was a vitamin that I was taking every morning and that was Omega 6. Basically Linoleic acid. So when I read this, I stopped taking it right away.
Here’s a picture to give you an idea of how the tiny bumps on my forehead looked:
Not the best photos but I think you get it…
So the treatment you might ask?
I read that Anti-Fungal and Anti-Dandruff shampoo is what works. You basically apply it onto your affected area, leave it for 5 minutes, then wash it off. Everyone was like “what! No! You cannot use shampoo on your skin, it’s made for your scalp”- well honey this is the product that helped me! Instead of using Head and Shoulders, I decided to go with an Anti-Fungal shampoo called Kez and it contains Ketoconazole which is the magic ingredient. Trust me when I say, after a week my forehead started clearing up and just over a week it was completely gone! I was super happy and I then stopped using it and only now and then if I feel like I’m having a reaction, I’ll use it- but hardly ever. You can purchase this magic in a bottle at Clicks or Dis-Chem.
Having this skin condition I also had to research which products will be safe to use, that won’t make it worse, but rather help it too. I came across this article and it honestly made my life so much easier. It’s a long article but so helpful. You can read it here.
The cleanser I used was from Simple- I LOVE IT! My skin feels super soft and it doesn’t cause any irritation and is perfect for sensitive skin. I then would spray my face with the Avene Eau Thermale Spring Water- literally calms my skin, making it feel refreshed and soft. Once again you can read about the benefits of Avene here.
The 2 moisturisers that I use which I’ve mentioned before and will mention again is the Eucerin Urea Repair- Urea actually helps with the fungal acne and I use the Avene Tolerance Extreme Emulsion, which is a super light-weight moisturiser, but it hydrates and soothes my skin perfectly. It also contains Squalane which is amazing for this condition.
And that’s it! I hope you found this blog post helpful if you feel like you have the same thing going on. My skin has never been so clear! Loving it. Let me know if this works for you.
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