Florida’s humid August weather combined with outdoor exercise and taking care of the horses gives me what I have been calling for years, my “body acne”. Turns out it is not acne at all but something called malassezia folliculitis. Doesn’t that sound lovely? Often, it is inaccurately referred to as "fungal acne". (And for simplicity, that is what I will be referring to it as) I say inaccurate because unlike acne, it is not caused by bacteria. It is due to excess yeast within the hair follicles.
How to recognize
“Fungal acne” looks very much like most acne. The small red bumps appearing on the chest, shoulders, and back. However, you may also notice itchiness and stinging sensation. The inflamed area can almost look more like hives or a rash.
Yeast, for the most part is good for the skin. Healthy skin needs yeast to stay in balance and function properly. However, too much yeast can lead to break-outs. Creating an environment that is hot, humid, and sweaty can lead to increased yeast production. Other triggers can be oral steroids, antibiotics, inflammatory foods, and hormone factors.
How can we treat it?
Fortunately, “fungal acne” can be fairly easy to treat and prevent. Below is a list of ways you can prevent and treat break-outs.
For me, the biggest take-away here is that since this type of breakout is not caused by bacteria, it should not be treated as such. Most acne treatments are antibacterial
Keeping skin balanced can be a struggle, my friends. But, as long as we know what we are dealing with, there is always a natural way treat it. Love to hear from you! Any comments or concerns, please send my way!
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