How To Get Rid Of Fungal Acne According To A Dermatologist

How To Get Rid Of Fungal Acne According To A Dermatologist

Oct 24, 2021, 2:46:27 AM Life and Styles

Fungal acne is an infection of the hair follicles known scientifically as pityrosporum folliculitis or Malassezia folliculitis. Excess yeast known as Malassezia, which is classified as a fungus, causes inflammation and itchy, acne-like eruptions within hair follicles.

Malassezia can be found on anyone's skin. In contrast, yeast levels tend to rise in hot, humid weather or when you sweat. Inflammation, manifested as pus bumps on the skin, is promoted by high yeast levels.

In contrast to true acne, fungal acne can be contagious in close quarters. The infection has a proclivity to spread because yeast is present.

Other distinctions include the severity of the itching and the areas involved. Inflammatory acne usually affects the face and is caused by increased oil production, follicular plugging, excessive Propionibacterium acnes bacterial growth, or hormonal changes. Fungal acne, on the other hand, frequently manifests as uniform papules and pustules on the chest and back, or in areas of occlusive clothing.

What is the best way to tell if you have fungal acne?

Fungal acne can be difficult to identify because it frequently resembles regular acne. Small whiteheads the size of a pinprick or one millimeter in circumference should be avoided.

They are most commonly found in clusters on the chest, shoulders, and back. It's usually after wearing constrictive clothing, such as a scuba suit, or after sweating under clothes and not immediately showering.

What is the cure for fungal acne?

A dermatologist in Mumbai may recommend a simple body wash or prescribe medication, depending on the severity of the infection. They'll probably advise you to incorporate an anti-fungal and antibacterial topical sulphur wash into your routine. Using dandruff shampoo to clean your skin is also very effective.

It should be applied to the skin, lathered up, and rinsed off while singing the alphabet. It will not be able to do its job properly if it is not given enough time to sit on the skin.

If the infection does not clear up after a month, your dermatologist will most likely prescribe an anti-fungal medication that is taken orally.

Because fungal acne is caused by yeast overgrowth within the hair follicles, systemic oral medication is typically required to reach deep within the follicle. Because the medication has been shown to be secreted through the sweat glands into the hair follicles and onto the skin, I usually advise my patients to plan a sweat session (i.e. workout) 24 hours after taking the oral antifungal pill. This allows for a much more efficient and effective treatment of fungal acne.

How are you going to avoid it?

Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent fungal acne completely. It will help to keep your skin dry and clean during workouts, as well as to remove your sweaty clothes as soon as you finish. Keeping a salicylic acid cleanser or exfoliating towelettes in your shower or bag will also help reduce your risk of developing fungal acne. They are effective at removing excess oil and dirt from the skin, which promotes yeast growth.

Published by Dr Niketa Sonavane


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