Fungal Acne, Bacterial Acne: What’s the Difference?
Since we were teens, we’ve been on the lookout for acne. Also, how to rid our selves from the puss filled bumps. However, fungal acne may not have been spoken about. Also, there is not much can do about the bumps.
Though it may resemble bacterial acne, fungal acne comes about from yeast that causes inflammation within the hair follicle. Doing so causes your skin pimple up. Keep in mind though, that fungal acne is common because of fungus that grows on our skin. However, it can become out of control leading to a breakout or other skin conditions.
Typically, there is a balance between the fungus and bacteria that are on our skin.
With that in mind, if the bacteria is no longer there, there’s nothing to keep the fungus in order. When this occurs, the fungus begins to spread wildly and can result in inflammation, irritation, and fungal acne.
When it comes to curing fungus acne, antibiotics aren’t always the go-to. Sometimes our habits are to blame. For example, wearing tight clothes that can’t breathe often contributes to breakouts. Additionally, wearing sweaty gym clothes for too long, or re-wearing it without washing it can create a moist environment for fungi to grow.
Unfortunately, some people experience fungal acne more frequently due to their genes. Serious conditions that affect the immune system, such as HIV and diabetes, can also subject a person to fungal acne.
How can you tell if it’s fungal?
There’s ways to tell the difference between bacterial and fungal acne. Dr. Chung says regular (bacterial) acne breakouts can vary in size, and tend to feature blackheads or whiteheads.
Fungal acne will usually appear as normal red bumps and pustules on the chest, upper arms, and back, according to Dr. McKenzie. It rarely occurs on the face. Additionally, bumps that result from Malassezia rarely come to heads. Finally, perhaps most noticeably, she adds that fungal acne breakouts will be very itchy. Typical bacterial acne can also be itchy, but not very much.
How should you treat fungal acne?
When it comes to clearing your funus acne, one may only need to adjust their lifestyle. Bathing and changing your clothes right after working out, or wearing looser clothes, may do the trick.
Your next step should be trying an over-the-counter topical treatment if lifestyle changes don’t help. Dr. McKenzie recommends something like Selsun Blue. Despite being marketed as a dandruff shampoo, it also works as an antifungal body wash, thanks to its active ingredients.
Your breakouts are probably fungal if they itch and are concentrated on your upper arms, chest, and back. If you’re unsure, always see a dermatologist.