Malassezia folliculitis

Skin problemsMalassezia folliculitis is an infection of the Pilosebaceous unit caused by the Malassezia yeast. We all have Malassezia yeast on our skin surface and this causes certain diseases under certain conditions. Yeast that occurs naturally gets into the hair follicles of your skin and it causes a breakout, which in turn erupts. Subsequently, Malassezia has been linked to cause other skin diseases such as, seborrheic dermatitis and pityriasis versicolor.

Who are more likely to get malassezia folliculitis?

Adolescents and young adult males are more likely to suffer from this.  Also certain conditions can make these individuals more likely to develop Malassezia folliculitis.

These conditions includes a hot humid climate, an increased production of sebum, excessive sweating, using antibiotics, those who are are on immunosuppressant either topically or oral, those with HIV and those that use of emollients and sunscreen.

How do I know if I have Malassezia folliculitis?

You will notice small itchy papules and pustules that are found on the upper back and chest. However there are other places in which you can get this. This includes areas like your forehead,hair line, neck, chin and on the upper limbs like shoulders. Often people mistake this for acne due to their appearance being similar.

What treatments can help with this skin condition?

Topical treatments like selenium sulfide shampoo or topical ketoconazole are affective in most cases. But require long course of treatment. This is where ongoing weekly application is useful for preventing the recurrence.

In order for you to be able to identify if you have acne or malassezia folliculitis, seek professional advice from your skincare specialist or dermatologist who will identify the condition for you and provide you with some solutions. To find out more please feel free to call our friendly team on (828) 586 – 6172!

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