fungal acne

What is Fungal Acne?

Ok, what’s the deal? You are an adult but STILL plagued by itchy, uniform flesh-colored or pink-colored bumps on your face, chest, and back.

Is this STILL the same acne as you had as a teenager? WHAT is going on? As if dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis were not enough now you can’t seem to shake this new rash.

The internet has many great resources on fungal acne which is also known as “pityrosporum folliculitis” or “Malassezia folliculitis.” Sometimes you may find there is too much information at your fingertips.

This is a short-form article on what do you do if you have dandruff and seborrheic and fungal acne.

Cause of Fungal Acne

First, let’s discuss what “fungal acne” is? Fungal acne is caused by a grease lovin’ yeast that used to be called pityrosporum but now is called Malassezia. It thrives in areas of the body (face, scalp, chest, and back) that are rich in an oily substance that protects your skin called sebum. This yeast, Malassezia, needs the oils in your skin to survive. In fungal acne the yeasts make their way into the hair follicle and sebaceous gland and when it overwhelms this space, the cells that clean up infection step in and cause a local inflammatory reaction. This is seen in the mirror as pink, red, flesh-colored bumps on your face. Look here for pictures.

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What to do for Fungal Acne

This same yeast is the cause of the redness, scaling, and irritation associated with seborrheic dermatitis, and it is the same yeast associated with tinea versicolor, the condition yielding discrete light or dark spots on your face chest, or back.

Many people with fungal acne are quite concerned that a facial cleanser or makeup product they are using will make their fungal acne worse. There are venerable ENTIRE websites dedicated to this topic.

Happy Cappy Medicated Shampoo and Body Wash is an OTC product that eliminates and prevents the recurrence of symptoms associated with seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff.

Happy Cappy Medicated Shampoo and Body Wash is ALSO a face wash and scores of users have been thrilled that this product is fungal acne friendly and a very large number of adult users have voiced their enthusiasm on Amazon reviews.


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How do I know if I have fungal acne?

Fungal acne or Pityrosporum folliculitis is caused by the Malassezia yeast that causes the following symptoms:
1 Clusters of small pimples or whiteheads
2 Pus-filled bumps
3 Redness
4 Burning sensation
5 Itchy skin

Will fungal acne clear on its own?

No, fungal acne usually does not clear on its own and needs proper attention and treatment. It is an infection caused by an overgrowth of Malassezia yeast. Without proper treatment, it will take months to get better and can get worse.

Can fungal acne spread?

Fungal acne is not contagious and can not spread to another person by touching, breathing, or using their things. Even though it is an infection, it can not be spread to others.

How to treat fungal acne?

The first step in treating fungal acne is to keep the affected area clean with a gentle cleanser. Try using a specially formulated gentle medicated shampoo that contains pyrithioine zinc that helps control the growth of Malassezia yeast.
Other than that, consult a dermatologist–they may prescribe anti-fungal creams or topical steroids to help you get rid of the acne.

What is the difference between regular acne and fungal acne?

Regular acne is caused when the hair follicles get blocked by bacteria, dirt, or oil. If hair follicles get infected with the Malassezia yeast, it causes breakouts known as fungal acne.
The acne caused by fungal acne is more itchy than the regular one

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