I HAVE SPOTS ON THE SKIN. WHAT IF IT WAS A VERSICOLOR PITYRIASIS?
Tinea versicolor is a common, non-contagious, but very unsightly skin disease.
What is tinea versicolor?
It is in fact a superficial mycosis of the skin due to a saprophytic yeast (i.e. naturally present on the surface of our skin) Malassezia furfur also called Pityrisporon orbiculare which then begins to proliferate excessively this which affects the pigmentation of the skin.
It lives mainly in the pilosebaceous follicle. It is said to be lipophilic because its growth requires the presence of fatty acids found in sebum.
While some people are genetically predisposed to develop it, other factors favorable to the development of this yeast have also been identified:
- the heat
- excessive sweating
- drug treatments (corticosteroids, etc.)
It is for this reason that tinea versicolor appears more in the summer or after sauna / hammam sessions.
How does it manifest itself?
It takes the form of pink, red or brown spots most often on the upper body (thorax, back, shoulders, neck, arms, submammary region, etc.). The palms of the hands and the soles of the feet are never touched. Over time, tinea verticolor tends to spread.
It is quite rare for these spots to be itchy.
Tinea versicolor usually recurs because the responsible yeast normally lives on the skin.
It is therefore important to adapt a healthy lifestyle that will help limit the appearance and proliferation of the fungus from the first symptoms:
- favor loose and / or cotton clothes (especially in summer), wash them regularly,
- avoid synthetic clothing
- avoid hot and humid places (such as the sauna / hammam)
- regularly wash your shower towels with hot water
- apply your anti fungal treatments from the first symptoms to prevent the proliferation of the fungus
Treatment of pityriasis
There are a huge number of yeasts and fungi that cause yeast infections in humans. It is therefore essential to ask your doctor or dermatologist to make a diagnosis in order to be able to effectively treat this disease.
Pytiriasis versicolor is traditionally treated with skin or oral antifungal drugs.
Can natural care help you?
There are synergies of vegetable and essential oils with antifungal and sanitizing properties that bring great results.
Tamanu oil and true lavender are good examples. They have widely recognized antifungal properties.
You will find, among other things, its botanical ingredients in our EP serum.
And because a picture is worth a thousand words, we've included a before / after article with the use of our EP Serum.
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