Why It’s Useful
Fungal Acne’s annoying since you need to use products that won’t help feed it. That’s hard to come by. Krave Oat So Simple Water Cream ($28) is intentionally fungal acne safe. (Woop! )
IMO, this moisturizer was designed to be layered with other products. For the face, I suggest layering it atop other hydrating products like an essence and/or serum.
When used alone, it left my skin underhydrated + looking taught. But this didn’t show until about the 2-week mark of testing. If you need something calming to unproblematically layer on top of other products, I could see this working. It did a great job at calming redness.
The cost, according to a cosmetic chemist’s review, is due to the repeated reformulation this product had to go through.
Senstitive Skin Acne Review
This calmed the redness that goes with fungal acne either overnight or within about 2 days. And didn’t cause a flare (fab). I was able to use this alongside my usual fungal acne treatment + it worked well. Minus the calming oat, it reminds me a lot of the Hada Labo Skin Plumping Gel Cream which is $23 for 1oz less product + is also fungal safe. Of the two, my pick is Krave Oat So Simple Water Cream for the noticeable calming for sure.
For regular sensitive skin acne, this didn’t bother existing acne or cause a breakout. In fact, I used it as a control to test if another moisturizer was causing a reaction. That’s how neutral it is. For some reason, moisturizers are difficult for me so finding a moisturizer that doesn’t cause a breakout is a plus.
However, with extended use, I noticed faint pull or stretch lines began to appear on my face. (I’m sure only I could see them.) I’m guessing that’s a sign of dryness for my skin. I hear dryness sometimes described as flaking skin, but that only happens for me if I use an overly harsh product intended to dry. And tight feeling skin only happens if I strip off all my facial oils (a big nope for me).