Do you know what pityrosporum folliculitis is? It is a skin disorder where the hair follicles are inflamed, resulting in acne-like raised and reddish bump that is also itchy. Sometimes, it is also accompanied by the stinging sensation as well. What causes the disorder to happen, anyway? Well, a type of yeast, the Malassezia, is responsible for the issue. That’s why this condition is also known as the Malassezia folliculitis although some still address it as the pityrosporum.
What Causes Pityrosporum Folliculitis
Basically, the yeast Mallasezia, is the ‘good’ yeast that is present on our skin. You know that our body is also the home of various good bacteria, virus, and yeast, and Mallasezia is one of them. So, if the yeast is the good yeast, then how come it causes a skin problem? The yeast won’t be causing any trouble as long as the number stays in moderation. However, when they become too much and they multiply uncontrollably, they start causing imbalances to the body especially to the skin. When the numbers are just too many, they will lead to pityrosporum folliculitis.The problem with pityrosporum folliculitis is that it can happen to anyone, no matter how old or young, whether you are a man or a woman. Basically, it is not an infection. It is more like an overgrowth that leads to imbalance and chaos. So far, health experts have suspected some certain conditions that are responsible for the issue. They have several theories about it although further studies are still needed.
Understanding the Issue
So, how do you differentiate this pityrosporum folliculitis from the regular acne if they are almost the same in appearance? First of all, acne isn’t itchy; this skin disorder is. Second, most of the reddish bumps are located on the back, shoulders, chest, lower legs, armpits, and the scalp. Sometimes they can also be found on the face but it is quite rare. In most cases, areas that are prone to sweat, humid, or covered have the bigger possibility to become the breeding ground for the yeast.
Things that Aggravate the Condition
What condition can cause and aggravate this pityrosporum folliculitis?
1. Excessive sweating
If you live in a humid or hot area, where you sweat a lot, it is advised that you clean yourself more often. It is possible that you may take a shower twice or even three times a day. You can also avoid exercising when it is too hot. Take a shower as soon as your sweat dissipates to prevent the yeast from growing.
2. Tight clothing
When you like to wear tight clothes or pants, your skin doesn’t have the chance to breathe properly. Yes, skin needs to breathe too. When the skin doesn’t breathe normally, it will lead to sweat accumulation and the creation of humid environment.
3. Poor hygiene
If you don’t really like to shower, this may be a bad news for you. You won’t be free from this skin disorder. If you don’t hurry up taking a shower after you exercise or do any physical activities that cause you to sweat, this is also another bad news for you.
4. Immunity issue
If you have good immune system, it is likely that your body’s natural defensive mechanism will fight off the yeast overgrowth, keeping themselves in balance. However, when you have a weak immunity, your body will be defenseless and overgrowth can happen. People with fatigue or stress issue may also suffer from this pityrosporum folliculitis because their immunity tends to be weak when they are stressed or exhausted.
5. Greasy body or skin products
If you like to apply sunscreen or other skin products with think oily texture, the pores will be clogged. And don’t forget that yeast loves such an oily environment.
6. Weight issue or being overweight
When you are overweight, it will lead to tighter clothes and more sweating. Overweight people tend to get easily sweaty because of their condition. You can guess how it leads to pityrosporum folliculitis development and issue, right?
How to Treat the Condition
As it was mentioned earlier, pityrosporum folliculitis isn’t something that can be easily treated. A lot of people may say that you can always take the oral antibiotics. However, you should remember that antibiotics kill all kinds of bacteria and yeast, even the good one. What about the topical products? In most cases, they don’t really work either. Most of the health experts say that treatments and cure can happen from within, supported by the topical application. But again, what kind of topical products? Not all of the products are good for this condition.
In most cases, you need to work together with your doctor to find the best solution. Remember, each person is different from one another. Solution A may be good for others, but it may not be working well for you and vice versa. So, try to find the right solution that fits your condition. Don’t try to be a know-it-all. Remember, you shouldn’t experiment with your condition if you don’t want to make it worse.
In most cases, lifestyle changes may be the best solution to treat this pityrosporum folliculitis. Avoiding tight clothes, managing and controlling the weight, and avoiding stress will be the best solutions. Having a healthier lifestyle with healthier menu and better personal hygiene is a good idea too. It would be a good idea if you can have an honest view of yourself and see what you have done wrong or what changes you have done. It is possibly the major cause why you suffer from this skin disorder.
Some of the Home Remedies Solutions
Although you should communicate and discuss all the home remedies options with your doctor, there are some alternative methods to try in relation to pityrosporum folliculitis treatment. Be advised, though, that some methods may not be appropriate for your condition. Your doctor should be okay with it. Don’t try to be creative and try everything on your own. If you don’t want the problem to get worse, discuss it with your doctor first and go with it only if they approve.
1. Aloe Vera
It is packed with natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial trait that can relieve the itchiness and burning sensation. Not to mention that the gel is soothing and cool; great as a natural skin compress. Simply apply the gel on the affected area for 15 minutes and then wash it off. Feel free to mix it with coconut oil, but it is NOT advisable to use the coconut oil alone unless your doctor says it is okay. Remember that coconut oil is oily. It will aggravate your condition. When mixed with the aloe vera, though, the oil will be a bit runny and watery not as thick as before.
It can be effective to prevent rashes from forming. Feel free to use the white vinegar or the apple cider vinegar. Both of them can relieve this skin disorder. However, the apple cider vinegar contains natural antiviral, antiseptic, and antibacterial agents which can be good for the skin. Mix the apple cider vinegar with water. Use a clean cloth to apply the solution to the skin. Do this for 10 minutes before rinsing your face. Or you can also try mixing the apple cider vinegar with the white vinegar. Use a cloth to apply the mixture. Use a cotton ball if you don’t find any clean cloth.
3. Witch Hazel
This has been used for centuries to treat skin issues, especially irritations, thanks to the natural tannins. Tannins are natural astringent that can reduce the itchiness and pain. Soak a cotton ball into the witch hazel; choose the one with no alcohol content and no scented mix. Dab the witch hazel onto the affected area and you should see (and feel) the improvement.
All in all, don’t take this condition for granted. Despite the seemingly small matter it is, you can’t really ignore the discomfort, itchiness, and pain. Go to the doctor if you suspect yourself from having pityrosporum folliculitis and find out the best solutions.