Little hint: when an anime character looks at you with enormous doe eyes and says "YES! Only two ingredients!", Do Not Believe Them!!!
After about 4 days of using FANCL washing powder, I began to get suspicious, because it seemed like I was beginning to break out! Not in a huge huge way. One small pimple under my nose, and one of those oh-so-attractive jawline pimples. "But," I reasoned with infallible logic, "It couldn't be the FANCL -- It's so pure! Only amino acids! It must be that ... hm .... MY SKIN IS DRY!". So I ran (not walked) back to FANCL and asked them about my pimples. They tested my skin using some kind of futuristic zapper machine, and said "It's dry!!! It's OFFICIALLY DRY!!!!!", and then proceeded to insist that I needed a moisture lotion, and a moisture cream (each of those were $15USD -- that seems to be the magic price at FANCL), and that these would (TOGETHER, no - you can't buy Just One) solve all my problems in the entire world. I demanded to know the ingredients in the toner/lotion, and was impressed, AGAIN, that there were only TWO INGREDIENTS in each of them! Wow -- what a pure product!! (cue doe-eyed anime slow-blink).
So home I got, and I lathered and lathered, and lo and behold, an hour later, MORE PIMPLES! WHAT? "My skin must be detoxing" I reasoned, letting my inner genius out to play again. I optimistically let my skin "detox" over night, and in the morning found enormous pussy pimples proliferating all over my face. And as if that weren't enough, huge spots of contact dermatitis were breaking out all over my cheeks and eye area (ouch!)
AGH! WHAT THE H-E-Double Hockey Sticks was going ON!?
So I decided to appeal to my best ever friend: GOOGLE! I googled FANCL, washing powder, INGREDIENTS, and was distressed to find the following:
KEY INGREDIENTS: Amino Acids
Mannitol, Sodium Palmoyl Glutamate, Glucose, Potassium, Myristoyl Glutamate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Pullulan, Sodium Lauroyl Aspartaye, Potassium Myristate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Serine, Allantoin, Dextran Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride
Ah -- KEY ingredients. KEY ingredients. PUBLIC ingredients. I see. Fantastic. So there are two kinds! And apparently the anime characters at FANCL are only allowed to reveal the KEY ones, while your skin gets to experience the full effect of ALL the (SECRET) ingredients, including the horrifyingly clogging burning ones.
I'd been FOOLED by FANCL!!!
Now, interestingly, none of "secret ingredients" are on the list of "commonly found comedogenic ingredients". But they kind of sound similar to some of the worst offenders. Of most concern are the Myri___ ingredients: Myristoyl Glutamate and Potassium Myristate. They sound like they are at least in some way related to Myristic Acid which is a 3, or Isopropyl Myristate, which is a 5!! And as we all know, just because something isn't on the list, doesn't mean it's not comedogenic, it just means it hasn't been specifically tested. Harumph.
Time to let my skin recover.
I rinsed my face with distilled water, and applied my 3:4 mix of Apple Cider Vinegar to distilled water (to get the PH of the ACV up to 5.5). The redness of the contact dermatitis receded before my very eyes!
But the dryness remained.
So I did some searching around this wonderful website to try to find some ideas, specifically for moisturizing my "officially dry" skin, and came up with glycerine and aloe mixed together. 4 parts aloe gel, 1 part glycerine. Cheap, and completely non-comedogenic. I invested $2.10USD on some glycerine, and used the aloe gel I had in the fridge already (Aubrey organic, pure aloe gel), and mixed. Delightful! Slather slather slather and POOF! Dryness gone. In fact, dryness was gone for so long, that I didn't need to moisturize the next morning -- I just applied my ACV mix, and my skin still felt supple and happy.
And now, just one day later, I'm inflammation free. PHEW.
Now, if only I could get these under-skin horrors to disappear. Back to the drawing board on that