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.
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.