Why I will never travel without this product – especially in humid weather!
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Hey there! It’s Diane, founder of Akushio, here. I have struggled with acne over half of my life. Just when I thought the I had control over it, I was hit with a bout of fungal acne after moving to the humid East Coast from the deserts of California.
With our newfound capabilities of traveling the world faster than ever before, our bodies may not be able to keep up with the drastic geographical changes. Mine surely didn’t.
And while some of you may not ever experience fungal acne (it's not as common of a condition as it seems to be these days), I wanted to share my experience with you just in case you get strangely stubborn acne in the future on your next excursion.
Especially if you go somewhere unsettlingly hotter and wetter than where you currently live. This could help salvage your vacation adventure!
So, what is fungal acne?
Fungal acne, also known as Malassezia Folliculitis, is caused by infection of hair follicles by an overproduction of yeast, caused by excess sweat and humidity. It can be common amongst construction workers, particularly in the summer. It is commonly found on the chest and back, but can also be found on the face, which is what happened with me!
So . . . if you’re planning on a solo trip across Thailand, spend a summer in South Korea, or anywhere else infamous for humidity – it may hit you when you least expect it! The only way to tackle fungal acne head on is:
Wait for it . . .
Anti-dandruff shampoo! Now, the first thing you thought of was probably Head-and-Shoulders, right? Well, you’re on the right track! It’s not that brand exclusively (just the most famous); it’s all about the main active ingredient(s) that fight dandruff for, you see, it is also a yeast-related condition like fungal acne.
The three key anti-fungal ingredients and their most famous brand counterparts are:
Simply take your pick! You won’t need all three 😊
Nizoral’s ketoconazole is what I personally used to get rid of my yeast-friendly ecosystem. I’d also like to note that the scent is lovely, but strong with this one!
I took about a teaspoon size (okay, maybe a little more) and rubbed it across the affected areas into my hairline. I let it sit for about five minutes before hopping into the shower and then continued a fungal-acne safe routine. I did this every other day for about a week and then scaled back to three, then two times a week.
And wow, it was miraculous! For me, the fungal acne across my forehead turned into scabs with no more unsightly little bumps. After the help from time and some exfoliating acids to help with the scabbing (not with the fungal acne), I had smooth skin again!
So, bring along a small bottle of anti-dandruff shampoo with you in the summer! Worst comes to worst, you didn’t need it, but can still give yourself a nice hair treatment like they do at the salon and make an at-home spa day out of it; the same ingredients are used. 😉
And just like that – Congratulations!
You now know the quick fix to getting rid of a sudden breakout as a result of sudden humidity to your skin.
With that said, we’ve only really just scratched the surface when it comes to adjusting your skincare based on where and when you’re traveling.
And if you're a skincare and beauty lover like me, then you have a lot of products to your routine as it is!
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