I Had Fungal Acne as a Broke University Student in Uganda and Here’s How I Treated It

When I say I’ve experienced a lot of skin care issues, I mean it. I didn’t even know I had dealt with fungal acne until I watched Liah Yoo’s video and read the Simple Skincare Science post.

So if you want to get the science and research behind it all, definitely read his post. I’m just talking about my simple fungal acne treatment here.

Fungal acne is caused by fungi called malassezia. Malassezia are actually part of the microbes naturally found on the skin. But for some people, it can cause skin issues like dermatitis, dandruff, eczema etc.

Malassezia can also cause fungal acne - an itchy breakout mostly in oilier areas like the t-zone, forehead, shoulders and back. Fungal acne usually flares in the oilier areas because malassezia thrives on skin's oil - sebum.

The result? It felt like I was breaking out from almost everything - even the usual acne treatments. This went on for about 6 years, through my teenage and college,  before Jesus took the wheel. And by Jesus taking the wheel, I mean creating a simple routine for fungal acne when I lived in Uganda.

I simply listened to my skin and worked with what I had. “Skintuition” guys…it’s legit!


Here’s what I used...

  • Simple Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel which I bought from Nakumatt but is now available at Good Life Pharmacy. Read here to learn more about this baby that will forever be part of the Glow Closet.

  • Aloe Vera Gel courtesy of the plant in a garden close to home. Of course you can use any PURE aloe vera gel product that works for you. Keyword “pure” - nothing else on the ingredient list.

  • Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel which I got from Good Life Pharmacy on a trip to Nairobi. This was before they came to Kampala, now you can get it locally.

  • Vaseline Pure Petroleum Jelly (in the blue jar) which I got from a random shop. Y’all know how this stuff is like beans...it’s everywheeerrreee...


And here’s what I did…

AM and PM:

  • Cleanse face with Simple Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel and let the face air dry for about a minute. I let it air dry because I thought my towel was part of the problem. Now, I know it wasn’t but I still picked a hygienic face drying habit. Still do it to this day.

  • On the damp face, apply the aloe vera gel and let it absorb for a minute or two.

  • On top of the aloe, apply the Sebamed Clear Face Gel and/or the Vaseline Pure Petroleum Jelly.

Once or twice a week, I would exfoliate my face with pineapple peels since I had no monies or access to great affordable chemical exfoliants. Now, I would have imported the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid.

I would peel the pineapple and after cleansing, gently rub/massage the yellow, fleshy part of the peels on my face for a few minutes. I’d let that sit for an hour or two before rinsing off with warm water and following with the Vaseline or Sebamed.

I also had no SPF, so I just let Jesus be my SPF. I had no choice. If I had monies, I would have imported my love, the Shiseido Senka Aging Care UV Sunscreen SPF 50+.

Have you ever dealt with fungal acne? Let me know!