What Does Fungal Acne Look Like?

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When you think of acne, you most likely think of oily skin, clogged pores, and bacteria. However, these factors do not cause all types of acne. Fungal acne, caused by an overgrowth of harmless organisms on the skin, needs different treatments. Your Levy Dermatology specialist will create a customized treatment plan to clear your skin. 

What is Fungal Acne?

Fungal acne is a type of acne that is caused by the growth of yeast in the hair follicles. Unlike traditional acne caused by bacteria, fungal acne results from yeast. It occurs naturally on the skin, but when it overgrows, it can cause skin irritation, inflammation, and the formation of small, itchy bumps. Fungal acne can affect people of all ages and skin types. It occurs more commonly in areas of the body prone to sweating, such as the back, chest, and forehead.

Fungal Acne

What Does Fungal Acne Look Like?

Fungal acne differs from typical acne in several ways. Typical acne, also called acne vulgaris, often presents as a mix of blackheads, whiteheads, and inflammatory blemishes. Fungal acne usually resembles a cluster of small, evenly-sized bumps or whiteheads. They do not become inflamed unless disturbed. The diagnosis of fungal acne can be difficult since you can have both types of acne at the same time. 

How is Fungal Acne Treated?

Treatments like benzoyl peroxide and antibiotics will not work for fungal acne since they work by treating bacteria. Fungal acne treatment may involve lifestyle changes and topical or oral antifungal medications. These medications control the overgrowth of yeast and keep them from residence in the hair follicles. 

At Levy Dermatology, we recommend combining antifungal treatments with a simple skincare routine using non-irritating products. Maintaining clean, dry skin and wearing breathable clothing can significantly help eliminate the conditions that cause yeast overgrowth. 

How Long Will it Take to See Results of Fungal Acne Treatment?

Managing fungal acne is an ongoing process. Your dermatologist will help you develop a plan that works for you. In many cases, fungal acne can take weeks or months to respond to treatment. If you maintain your skincare and treatment routine, you will begin to see your fungal acne decrease. If you do not see results, your dermatologist may adjust your plan.

Should I See a Dermatologist for Fungal Acne?

If you suspect that you have fungal acne, it is important to consult with a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis. They can help you develop a comprehensive skincare plan that includes steps to manage your fungal acne and prevent it from recurring. 

At Levy Dermatology, we specialize in diagnosing and treating a wide range of skin conditions, including fungal acne. Our team of board-certified dermatologists has the experience to diagnose and manage your skin conditions. 

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