Treating yeast-based acne is different than treating other types of acne, explains Joel Schlessinger MD.

Acne treatment products are not designed as “one size fits all.” Everything from hormone changes, yeast infections, stress and diet can contribute to acne symptoms. Because every case has a different cause, each individual must be treated a certain way.

In this video, Joel Schlessinger MD discusses a common yet often times unknown type of acne known as pityrosporum folliculitis, or yeast-based acne. He also highlights the treatment options for this type of acne.

What is yeast-based acne? Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

Pityrosporum folliculitis is caused by a yeast infection and appears as tiny red bumps on the skin. These bumps are often itchy and can become irritated easily. This type of acne generally begins to form on the forehead and face and continues to spread to the neck, chest and back areas.

Sweat, heat and wearing clothes that are not breathable may cause this condition to worsen in areas such as the back and chest. Many people attempt to treat this condition using traditional acne products and do not experience any improvement in their symptoms.

Joel Schlessinger MD highlights both topical and oral treatments for yeast-based acne.

Treatment products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid will not effectively treat yeast-based acne. Instead, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends topical anti-fungal products such as Nizoral to his patients. This cleanser can be used to wash the face and body to treat the yeast infection. Patients can also take the oral medication Ketoconazole that helps eliminate the infection to reduce the appearance of acne symptoms.

If traditional acne products are not working on your blemishes, consult a physician to determine whether or not you have developed pityrosporum folliculitis.

Watch more videos from Joel Schlessinger MD on his YouTube channel.

Posted Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 at 4:10 pm
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