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What To Do If You Have Fungal Acne, According To Reddit

Do you have itchy pimples that resist topical acne treatments?
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Fungal acne, also known as pityrosporum folliculitis, is a skin condition where yeast goes into the hair follicles and causes an acne-like eruption—irritated and pus-filled—that is harder to treat as it's resistant to typical acne medications like benzoyl peroxide.

So how do you know if it's fungal acne and not just the "regular" kind? Take note of the following: They usually appear on your chest, back, or shoulders, but can also pop up on the facial area; they are uniform in size; they are resistant to prescription and topical acne treatments; and they are itchy, especially when you sweat or take a hot shower.


If you've just realized that you have a case of fungal acne, don't panic. Consult a dermatologist stat, but while you're waiting for your appointment, read these tips from everyone's favorite place to get skincare and beauty tips—Reddit! In the thread, Redditor melssaboh detailed things you need to change and avoid ASAP:

1. Stop using sheet masks first

According to her, the "wet" environment of the sheet mask only made her face an even better breeding ground for the fungus. Yikes!

2. Avoid sweating

This is true because fungus thrives in hot, humid, and sweaty environments. The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology suggested wearing clothing that will let your skin breathe. But since we live in the Philippines, our best tip is to bring a fan with you if you commute, anf water to help keep your body temperature cool.

3. Wash and change your towels and pillowcases

Changing them at least once a week will help prevent the yeast from clogging up your skin, and for other dirt and oil from giving you new pimples in the morning!

4. Add sulfur soap to your routine

A mineral that strengthens hair, skin, and nails, sulfur is actually one of the "oldest known acne treatments" as it aids in preventing the formation of blocked pores. [via Leaf] 

5. And snails too!

We all know ~snail mucus~ is a miracle ingredient, so feel free to add any one of these to your skincare routine!

6. Use a gentle cleanser

When it comes to any type of acne, your best bet is to be gentle and patient with it and avoid going overboard with drying cleansers filled with chemicals and acids.

7. Be careful with anti-dandruff shampoo 

While some of the users in the thread reported that it worked wonders for them, we still want you to be cautious about this because using shampoo on your affected areas could lead to more irritation and "pimples." 

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