1. What is atopic skin disease?
Atopic skin disease is a genetic condition that causes the skin to be dry, itchy and easily irritated. In some people, atopic skin disease is also known as eczema or dermatitis. More than 15 million Americans have this chronic condition.
Fungal acne can be a frustrating condition to deal with. It is often mistaken for regular acne due to the presence of white heads, black heads and pimples that are similar in appearance to those caused by clogged pores. Yet the cause behind this type of acne is completely different than regular acne.
What’s The Difference Between Fungal Acne And Regular Acne?
The name says it all: fungal acne is caused by fungi, or yeast, rather than bacteria. You might also see it referred to as pityrosporum folliculitis or malassezia folliculitis.**
Malassezia (formerly known as Pityrosporum) folliculitis is a condition where the yeast, malassezia, which is part of the skin flora gets down into the hair follicles and proliferates, causing inflammation and thus pimples and itchy pustules.
Malassezia folliculitis is a very common condition that dermatologists come across almost daily. Malassezia folliculitis is not an infection as many people think. It’s basically an overgrowth of yeast on the skin. This yeast lives on every person’s skin but some people get an overgrowth of it so it causes problems. It’s important to note that it’s not contagious, nor do you get it from bad hygiene.
Fungal acne looks like small pink or red bumps or pimples, often with a white head. They can be itchy or not itchy and often appear on the back, chest, shoulders and face, but can occur anywhere on the body. If you have these symptoms, or if you suspect that you have fungal acne, I highly recommend looking for products containing ingredients that will kill off the excess yeast on your skin.
Fungal acne is a skin condition that can look a lot like acne vulgaris.
Dealing with fungal acne at home
People can try some treatments to help clear up fungal acne. They include:
>showering after working out and sweating heavily
>keeping the skin clean and dry
>applying antifungal creams
>using over-the-counter (OTC) medications for athlete’s foot, such as clotrimazole, miconazole, or terbinafine
What is fungal acne?
Fungal acne is not actually acne. Malassezia folliculitis is a form of folliculitis caused by an overgrowth of the yeast Malassezia. The yeast feeds on oils in the pores, causing inflammation. Similar to traditional acne, this can cause pimples and pustules on the skin’s surface.
The yeast thrives in warm, moist areas and is exacerbated by warm environments, sweating, occlusive clothing and products, humidity, and oily skin. It tends to occur on the trunk, face, neck and back but can affect any part of the body that grows hair follicles. This can include the arms (biceps), legs (calves) and chest.
Fungal acne is a skin disease that is caused by a yeast infection called malassezia. Because of the many similarities between fungal acne and traditional acne, the condition has been overlooked and poorly understood in the medical community.
Many people have lived with the symptoms of fungal acne for years while they were told their condition was something it wasn’t. In this guide, we’ll take a look at what fungal acne is, what causes it, and how it can be treated.
What Is Fungal Acne?
Fungal acne is basically an overgrowth of malassezia on your skin, which causes inflammation. Malassezia is a normal yeast that lives on your skin. When it overgrows, it irritates your skin and causes itching, redness, and scale-like patches to form. These patches are called plaques.
The discussion of fungal diseases of the skin (dermatophytoses) in the medical literature is often hampered by a confusion of terms and an inconsistent use of terminology. The molds, dermatophytes, are fungal organisms that can cause superficial skin infections. Dermatophytes affecting the skin, hair, and nails are called dermatophytoses; these infections were previously called tinea. Although there are a variety of clinical presentations, the term “dermatophytosis” is usually reserved for cutaneous infections in which the dermatophyte has invaded the epidermis, hair shafts and/or nails. Dermatophytoses have been traditionally classified according to their anatomic site (eg, tinea capitis, tinea corporis). This method of classification is now outdated and not used in this article. An attempt has been made to clarify the nomenclature and terminology used in describing dermatophytoses and to provide an update on their diagnosis and treatment.
Dermatophytes typically affect humans and other animals; they rarely affect plants. They are sometimes referred to as “ringworms,” although they are not caused by worms (ie, helminths). Rather, they are caused by fungi that produce hyphae (ie