Hi there! Below are the instructions for our basic 3 step Malezia regimen. This is good for treating acne and / or “fungal acne” as it’s known colloquially on the internet.
As a reminder, none of our products contain known nutrient sources for malassezia and other microorganisms like cutibacterium and staphylococcus — all of which may play a role in the formation and exacerbation of acne.
For best results, please follow the instructions below as precisely as possible! Great care and attention to detail went into this guide, so make sure to read everything.
Any deviation from the steps below can negatively impact the final outcome of results including the use of makeup or other skincare products.
Lastly, we strongly recommend doing a patch test first! Although we've poured our hearts into these products and formulated them to be good for all skin types, everyone's skin is unique and can respond in unexpected ways.
Step #1: Cleanse
Splash your face with lukewarm water then dispense 2-3 pumps of Malezia's foaming cleanser into the palm of your hands. Gently massage facial skin with cleanser for up to 20 seconds.
If you are in the shower, allow a gentle stream of water to run across your face. After approximately 20 seconds have elapsed, remove cleanser with lukewarm water from your sink or shower.
Once you have thoroughly rinsed with water pat your skin with a paper towel.
We are currently reformulating our cleanser so that it can be packaged sustainably. Our previous prototype utilized a plastic foamer bottle, which wasn't ideal. Follow us on instagram to stay updated on the new release. Trust us, you won't want to miss it! 😜
In the meantime, you can throughly rinse with just water twice daily (recommended). There is enough emulsifier in both of our products to rinse off cleanly :) Alternatively, you may refer to this list of FA-safe cleansers. For best results, pick a non-medicated cleanser without an asterisk (*) next to it.
Step #2: Moisturize
To damp skin, apply anywhere from a pea-sized amount to half a finger’s worth of Malezia's 5% Urea Moisturizer. This will depend on personal preference — f.c. is a moisturizing fiend and likes to apply a generous amount :p
Allow the moisturizer to completely dry before moving on to the next step.
Step #3: Treat
Apply a fingertip’s worth of Malezia's Acne Treatment Gel (2.5% micronized benzoyl peroxide) all over affected areas of the face.
If you are not applying it to your entire face you may use less. For example, a pea-sized amount for only the chin area would do.
How often should I do this?
The 3 steps above should be done once per day. Preferably at night.
During the day simply rinse thoroughly with water or cleanse for up to 15 seconds maximum, then follow up with the Malezia's 5% Urea Moisturizer.
What can I do if Benzoyl Peroxide irritates my skin?
If you experience irritation from BP either use less of it, use it every other day, or use it as a contact therapy to build up tolerance — in other words, apply to skin for up to 15 minutes before rinsing it off thoroughly and following up with moisturizer.
NOTE: 15 minutes is the minimum contact time required to kill all acne-causing microorganisms. (1)
Additionally, make sure you’re using enough moisturizer! This is your barrier recovering friend. At minimum, you should be doing 1.5 times the amount of moisturizer relative to BP.
Most importantly: listen to your skin.
Is it feeling a little dry today? Do contact therapy or decrease the BP. Noticing increased congestion and your skin isn’t dry? Increase the BP.
Pay attention, and adjust accordingly. The regimen guide is flexible, and you are your own best advocate!
Troubleshooting the regimen.
Most people will completely clear their skin using our acne treatment gel over moisturizer once a day. This is how f.c. has used it for over a year! However, if your skin needs additional help here's what to do next:
- After 6 weeks, start doing contact therapy with BP for 15 minutes in the AM. This should be done before rinsing with water and following up with moisturizer. In the evening, do the regimen as usual making sure to apply BP over moisturizer and leaving it on overnight.
- After 10 weeks, start leaving on the benzoyl peroxide twice a day. Make sure to only use a fingertip amount OVER moisturizer each time.
- After 14 weeks, start using benzoyl peroxide under moisturizer at night, and over moisturizer in the day.
- After 20 weeks, start using benzoyl peroxide under moisturizer twice a day (AM and PM).
When will I see results?
Give this regimen at least 8 weeks before calling it quits. It is very important to stay consistent and give it time! Benzoyl peroxide is an active ingredient that may have a “purging period” where the frequency of breakouts increase. This is due to the expression of lodged material deep within the pilosebaceous unit.
NOTE: purging does not always occur and depends on the severity of acne. If you experience it however, please know it will eventually pass after a couple of weeks so hang in there! You got this :)
And that’s it! We wish you nothing but the best on your journey to clear skin. Feel free to share your before and afters using #maleziaskin on instagram! :)
Warmly,The Malezia Team