A. How To Identify Fungal Acne & Treatments To Make It Disappear From Your Face & Body
1. Fungal acne treatment
If you have been fighting small, pimple-like bumps since the beginning of time, you are probably not dealing with acne. We are usually located near the T zone, chest, back and shoulders, and we would like to introduce you to the small itchy lumps, known as fungal acne.
2. What the hell is fungal acne?
As the name suggests, fungal acne is caused by an overgrowth of yeast (ie fungus), whereas normal acne is caused by bacteria and clogged pores. An overload of yeast causes inflammation in the hair follicles and leads to itchy and even red bumps.
A telltale sign of fungal acne is when it does not respond to traditional topical and oral acne treatments, such as benzoyl peroxide and antibiotics. When you want to be sure, visit a dermatologist for a microscopic examination.
3. Why do I have fungal acne?
a. Oils and fatty acids
Malassezia is a genus of fungus that lives on everyone’s skin. However, this only becomes problematic when the yeast feeds on large amounts of human tallow. Like Mario, after consuming a super mushroom, Malassezia grows in an environment rich in oils and fatty acids and can turn into folliculitis by Pityrosporum or folliculitis by Malassezia.
b. Excessive sweat
The level of yeast increases in hot and humid climates, when we are sweaty. This is not good news for us who live in sunny Singapore. Tight clothing can retain sweat and sebum, which is essentially a banquet for Malassezia to turn into fungal acne.
c. Fermented ingredients
It goes without saying that yeast is a major ban with regard to the treatment of fungal acne. So, if you are using a serum or essence made from fermented ingredients like Galactomyces and Saccharomyces, it is time to remove that product from your routine.
4. How do I treat fungal acne?
a. Look for antibacterial and antimicrobial ingredients
For those looking for a natural remedy, honey has powerful antimicrobial properties. You can apply raw honey to the affected area and leave it as a mask for 3 hours every other day. If it is too sticky, try the COSRX Propolis Light Ampule. It consists of 80% propolis extract and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and soften the skin. Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Ketoconazole Shampoo 1% contains ketoconazole, which inhibits yeast growth on the skin. This shampoo may be a little too strong for the skin on your face. So, if you want to rotate it, use it only on your hair and body.
Alternatively, you can look for skin products that contain sulfur, an ingredient that reduces the secretion in the pores. Try the DRx Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask by Dr. Dennis Gross. Combines colloidal sulfur with bentonite clay to remove impurities. If you find that the sulfur smell is particularly harmful, give the tester a sniff before you buy – the smell varies depending on the recipe.
b. Opt for light gel moisturizers
Since fungal acne lives on an oil-based diet, avoid cleansing oils or balms and use micellar water to remove makeup. After cleaning your skin, use a light gel-based moisturizer. Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream from Hada Labo contains skin-strengthening ceramides, soothing collagen and moisturizing hyaluronic acid.
A moisturizer full of aloe vera is also ideal, as it soothes redness and irritation. Benton’s Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel is rich in anti-inflammatory propolis, while COSRX’s Aloe Vera Oil Free Moisturizer mixes water from the aloe vera leaf with aloe vera leaf powder to calm the skin barrier. Applying too many beauty products can also clog your pores. Therefore, you must remove some steps. Try the three-step “skip care” method to assess and minimize your skin care routine.
c. Fill the moisture with caprylic / capric triglycerides and squalane
Fatty acids are found in most formulas on the market, making it difficult to choose products that do not cause fungal acne. There are safe oils, however, namely caprylic / capric triglycerides and squalane oil. Caprylic / capric triglycerides are mixed triesters made from coconut oil and glycerin, while squalane is the hydrogenated version of squalene, a compound naturally produced by our sebaceous glands. These two ingredients soothe the skin without causing fungal acne.
A light moisturizing liquid with caprylic / capric triglycerides, such as Toleriane Sensitive Fluide by La Roche-Posay or Tolérance Extreme Emulsion by Avenel, quickly penetrates your skin and makes you feel invigorated. Alternatively, you can mix a few drops of squalane oil with your gel moisturizer if your skin wants more hydration. Indie Lee’s 100% Herbal Squalane and Squalane facial oils come in convenient dropper bottles to give you more control.
d. Salicylic acid peeling
Salicylic acid is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal, which makes it a very effective ingredient in curing fungal acne. It is also a keratolytic agent, which means that it can peel off dead skin and prevent overgrowth of the skin.
BOS Blackhead Power Liquid from COSRX and Ska Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant from Paula’s Choice are exfoliants that help to clog pores and brighten the skin. If you have never tried these products before, start using them every day at night. To fight fungal acne on the body, try Paula’s Choice 2% BHA weightless body treatment. It is a light body lotion that helps to remove dead cells while moisturizing the skin.
e. Keep sweat under control
After an intense session of Bikram Yoga or fitness, remember to wash your sweat with a salicylic acid detergent, such as CeraVes Renewing SA Cleanser, and remove damp clothing. When the bath is inaccessible, keep a pack of baby wipes handy to wipe sweat at any time of the day. We recommend Yes to Tomato Stain Cleaner Facial Wipes, which also contain salicylic acid for additional peeling.
5. How to cure fungal acne
If you are looking for a quick fix, contact a licensed dermatologist for a definitive diagnosis and an antifungal medication. In the meantime, keep yeast production on your skin at a low level, following the tips we share. We hope you found this guide useful!
B. Understanding Fungal Acne + Causes, Treatments, Dos & Don’ts
Do you have rashes on your body that refuse to go, despite following a good skin care routine? There is a high possibility that you have fungal acne. Even if you have not experienced this before, it is advisable to know what it is about. So, you are always prepared for amazing skin conditions. We will explain how to distinguish fungal acne from normal acne and how to prevent and treat it.
1. What is fungal acne?
Fungal acne is a common skin disease, often misdiagnosed. It is caused by the overgrowth of a yeast that is present in the hair follicles. It lives on the sweat of the skin. Scientifically, it is known as folliculitis by Malassezia (Pityrosporum).
2. How to know if your acne is a fungus?
Fungal acne causes itching of the skin, unlike normal acne. It can also irritate the skin so much that it turns red. Fungal acne can increase in size and even contain pus.
- They look like small pimples that usually appear on the chest.
- Shoulders, hair roots and back appear in groups.
Antibiotic creams for bacterial acne can worsen the condition, and regular anti-acne creams are not effective in treating fungal acne.
3. Common causes of fungal acne
The yeast that causes fungal acne is present in every human body. However, it is more common in adolescents, possibly due to increased production of sebum (natural oils) in the sebaceous glands during puberty.
Here are some of the main triggers for fungal acne:
- Excessive sweating can cause fungal acne. Therefore, people who live in hot, humid climates are more prone to this because the yeast lives on sweat. Heavy exercise can also cause this.
- Because fungal acne can be contagious and yeast tends to spread, it can spread through close physical contact with other people.
- Wearing restrictive clothes or sweating under your clothes and not taking a shower to get the sweat off can also be a trigger.
- The use of antibiotics (topical or oral) and immunosuppressants are also a cause.
4. How can you get rid of fungal acne?
If you suspect you have fungal acne, it is imperative to see a dermatologist. Some of the treatment options that he can prescribe are:
a. Medical treatments
Because fungal acne is basically a growth of yeast in the hair follicles, oral antifungal medications such as fluconazole and ketoconazole may be prescribed, depending on the severity of the disease. Medicines can penetrate deeply into the follicle and prevent the yeast from growing further.
b. OTC or creams
OTC treatments often include sulfur-containing antifungal shampoos. You can even use antibacterial shampoos. They need to be applied to the scalp, lathered and left for a few minutes before rinsing. Sometimes, oral antifungal medications are prescribed along with topical ointments.
c. Home remedies
- Lactobacillus produces lactic acid, which can control yeast production. Therefore, include more yogurt in your diet and also take lactobacillus supplements.
- Honey has antimicrobial properties. Therefore, apply to the affected area and leave for as long as possible, even for a few hours, if possible.
- Tea tree oil is another antimicrobial that can be used. Dilute with water and apply only on acne, as it can irritate the skin if applied everywhere.
5. How long does it take to get rid of fungal acne?
Fungal acne can go away with appropriate treatments depending on the severity, but it can never go away completely. It may reappear with changing seasons and lifestyle.
6. What to do and what not to do
You can’t really prevent fungal acne, but taking precautions will help keep it under control.
- Keep your skin dry and clean during and after training.
- Use an antifungal soap at least once a week.
- Use products with petroleum jelly, salicylic acid or glycolic acid.
- Change your usual shampoo with an antifungal agent regularly to help prevent fungal acne.
- Shower two or three times a day on hot, humid days.
- Avoid wearing tight clothing, especially synthetic fabrics that block sweat and prevent skin from breathing.
- Take off your sweaty clothes immediately and don’t use them a second time without washing.
- Avoid products containing benzoyl peroxide, fatty acids such as lauric acid (coconut oil), linoleic acid and products that help to recover dry skin.
c. Wrapping Up
Fungal acne is not always correctly diagnosed. Therefore, if you have acne on your neck, chest or shoulders, see a dermatologist. It requires different treatment protocols and prevention works best in the long run.