Our face is the first think we see in the mirror and if it breaks out we do our best to treat it. Have you ever suffered with acne that won’t go away? It could be fungal acne, no need to worry, this article got you covered. First things first,
What is fungal acne?
Fungal acne is a type of skin lesion that occurs due to yeast that grows in your skin’s hair follicles, it can appear on any body parts like arm, legs or chest. It is commonly mistaken as just acne. In scientific terms, fungal acne is an overgrowth of yeast within your skin’s hair follicles. It grows simultaneously with acne, so you may not be able to self diagnose it at first but it won’t be treatable with your daily acne treatments.
What causes fungal acne?
You might be wondering, how did you get fungal acne in the first place? Actually it isn’t that uncommon, anybody can get fungal acne. One of the major causes of fungal acne is heat, so you are prone to get fungal acne in the summer months. Yeast grows in warm and moist environment. Fungal infection or acne grows in humidity and precipitation. People with oily skin have more chances of encountering fungal infection. Trapped moisture is a big cause of fungal infection wearing sweaty workout clothes for a long time, reusing them without washing or not washing your face after working can expose you to fungal acne. Treatment or some medication might also be the reason for your fungal acne. Eating good and healthy eating can help you avoid all kinds of infections and diseases. Fungal acne can also be caused by dietary changes and weak immune.
How to tell fungal acne from normal acne? Or what are the symptoms of fungal infection?
Fungal acne and normal acne can look pretty alike but there are a few differences.
Normal bacterial acne varies in shapes and sizes and can be in the form of whiteheads or blackheads but on the other hand fungal acne appears uniformly in same sizes and shapes red bumps. They often appear in symmetrically over your head, cheeks or chest. One of the most common symptoms of fungal acne is itchiness. It can be itchy but it isn’t painful unlike normal acne. Like mentioned above fungal acne grows in hot and humid environment so it flares with sweating and humid temperature. One of the ways you can differentiate fungal acne from normal one is it won’t respond to your normal acne treatments or home remedies. One of the other things you can look for is fungal acne appears in clusters unlike normal bacterial acne which is more sparse.
How to treat fungal skin lesions?
Once you have diagnosed that you have fungal acne it won’t be that hard to treat. To treat fungal acne you need to restore the yeast balance of your skin so anti- acne treatments won’t work.
- Try to sweat less, if you workout or have a job that requires you to work out regularly then keep showering and washing your face constantly and try to wear a fresh set of workout clothes.
- Wear loose clothes wearing tight clothes causes your skin to sweat and rub against each other which will make the acne worse so try avoiding tight clothes or wear clothes that give your skin the space to breathe.
- You could try using dandruff shampoo which will help you restore the yeast balance of your skin.
- Eat balanced diet we all know fungi strives on carbohydrates and sugary, processed foods so try to stay away from them.
- You could try OTC (Over the Counter) antifungal treatments or you could also try prescription antifungal medicines. If your symptoms are persistent and still won’t go away your best option is to visit a dermatologist, a professional’s opinion is always the best.