Everything You Need To Know About Fungal Acne - How To Cure it Quickly

There are three super annoying things in the world - pineapple on the pizza, ringing cell phone in the movie theatre, and of course, fungal acne. As if regular acne was not enough. Out of all acne types, the fungal infection will get on to your nerve, irritating you. What is it? Why does it happen? We’ll talk about that shortly.

Fungal acne

But the first thing to understand is - it’s not acne! Fungal acne is just an easy name to use for infectious folliculitis or damaged hair follicles, causing Pityrosporum or Malassezia folliculitis. Let’s understand this weird member of the acne-family and how to treat fungal acne in no time.

What is fungal acne and what causes it?

It’s the result of the excess Malassezia yeast, aka fungus, living on skin moisture or sweat. Oil or bacteria are not the primary suspects here, but they help in the yeast's growth.

But how did that yeast end up on your skin? Well, it was there all along. Your body can balance yeast, body bacteria on its own. But sudden imbalances can overgrow the yeast and develop fungal whiteheads.

Common fungal infection causes are:

1. Moisture or sweat trapped in your clothes for a longer time. Wearing sweaty workout clothes for too long or re-wearing them without washing will invite fungal outbreaks on your skin.

2. Changes in the diet, such as consuming more carbohydrates, will call out the starving fungi and yeast on your skin. Sweet carbohydrates are like a feast to yeast.

3. Wearing tight clothes does not give enough space for your skin to breathe. These clothes trap sweat around your skin for fungi to have a party.

4. Medication or any antibiotics might also become the reason behind yeast overgrowth. Antibiotics get rid of good bacteria too, which gives an open entry to the infectious yeast on your skin.

5. Wearing makeup traps and irritates damaged hair follicles resulting in infectious acne.

We often ignore the above things and blame hormones for acne breakouts. But we are talking about infection here, which you should identify before it gets worse.

Symptoms of infectious yeast acne

In some cases, fungal acne might look like bacterial acne or acne vulgaris. However, a more precise way to distinguish both of them is the itchiness. Yes, yeast acne itches a lot, makes you scratch your skin all the time. It looks like whiteheads. And all the bumps are of the same size rather than varying size pimples. You will find them on your back, chest, and arms. The chances of it appearing on the face are rare or nearly zero.

Acne appears in the form of whiteheads clusters on your skin, more like growing fungi. People often confuse it with regular acne and end up treating it with normal acne treatments. Fungi won’t react to any of those treatments, and it will get worse. While regular acne skincare options might work, it's better to have it checked by a dermatologist. Now that you know what these little whiteheads can let’s move towards a treatment and prevention routine.

How to cure fungal infection on the skin naturally?

The best way to get rid of fungal infection is damn straight, regular cleansing, and anti-fungal treatment.

1. Regular Shower and Cleansing:

Remove those sweaty gym workout clothes, throw them straight into the washing machine, and draw yourself a nice bath. Thoroughly wash your body. Get rid of excess sebum or dirt from the skin pores. Use a makeup remover such as Averr Aglow’s Completely Clear Gelee Makeup remover before cleansing your face. Use a body wash or soap that has pyrithione zinc or selenium sulfide. It can be found in an anti-dandruff shampoo, which you can use to cleanse the affected area. Wash off all the body soap, rinse your body nicely. You may try repeating this again before coming out of the bath.

Pro Tip: Even if you don’t have acne, use anti-dandruff shampoo, or a body wash once a week to balance the yeast on your skin. Make it as your fungal acne routine.

2. Wear breathable loose clothes:

Make it easy for your skin to breathe. Wear loose clothes to avoid trapping any moisture and sweat on your skin. Even friction from your clothes might also encourage acne breakouts. Better to wear loose cotton clothes that allow the skin to have a peaceful time.

3. Anti-fungal Treatment:

If the infection is getting worse, various anti-fungal creams or face washes will work best. Get a fungal acne face wash with a tea tree oil or a body wash that has ketoconazole, butenafine, or clotrimazol. Proper treatment by dermatologists would be the right choice. An oral medication like itraconazole or fluconazole will target damaged hair follicles and cure an infection.

4. A balanced diet

As said earlier, yeast thrives on carbohydrates. That doesn’t mean you should completely avoid eating carbohydrates. Your diet should be a perfect balance of fruits, vegetables, limited carbohydrates, and proteins. When you are under treatment, try not to eat sweet carbohydrates. Don’t entertain that yeast for too long. See a doctor and try the above remedies.

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