Even though this skin condition is not really an “acne imposter”, it can be coupled with acne and/or folliculitis in some cases. Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection of the skin that can affect many. Before you freak out thinking that your arms are going to sprout mushrooms, keep in mind that this fungus is already present on the surface of your skin. There are factors that can cause the fungus to overgrow, leading to an imbalance, then an infection of the skin.
Using antifungal cleansers such as our Mandelic Wash or over-the-counter antifungal shampoos such as Selsun Blue, will treat the tinea versicolor. Also, avoid tight and restrictive clothing which can aggravate the condition. You may be tempted to try and tan the spots away. Unfortunately, the fungus prevents the affected areas from changing color and tanning can make it appear worse. So, be sure to wear your sunscreen! If there is no improvement after 4 weeks of following these measures, please consult your healthcare provider as you may require further treatment.
Content provided courtesy of Face Reality. Wendy Christman is a Face Reality Acne Specialist in the Olympia, Wa area.