Pityriasis Versicolor, also known as summer yeast, is a common skin condition that often occurs during the warm spring and summer months. We look at the causes, symptoms and offer advice on effective treatment options. In addition, a useful test to diagnose and assess a cure for the condition.
What is Pityriasis Versicolor?
Pityriasis Versicolor is a benign skin condition characterized by multi-colored fine scales. It occurs mainly on the trunk and is caused by a yeast called Pityrosporon Ovale. Normally, these yeasts are located in places where many sebaceous glands are present, such as breasts, shoulders, back, groin and genital region. Under certain circumstances, such as reduced resistance, diabetes, warm moist areas, excessive perspiration and frequent hot showers with soap, these yeasts can multiply.
Symptoms and cosmetic consequences:
It is characterized by white discolorations on the skin. These discolorations are caused by the yeast Pityrosporon Ovale, which is normally present on the skin, producing a substance that causes the temporary inhibition of pigment production.
The pigment in the skin is normally produced by melanocytes, the cells responsible for producing melanin. Melanin is the pigment responsible for the color of our skin, hair and eyes. In people with pityriasis versicolor, the yeasts produce a substance that temporarily inhibits the melanocytes in their pigment production, resulting in the characteristic white discolorations on the skin.
The contrast of these discolorations is particularly striking in people with darker skin, as the contrast between normal pigmented skin and the affected white patches is more pronounced. It may take several months for normal skin color to be fully restored, even after the yeasts have disappeared. This is because the melanocytes need time to resume their normal pigment production.
In addition to the white discolorations, people with pityriasis versicolor may also experience fine scaling on the affected skin areas. These flakes can vary in intensity and are caused by the disrupted functioning of the skin cells due to the presence of the yeast.
In addition, cosmetic differences in skin color may occur. The presence of the white discolorations can lead to uneven pigmentation and uneven skin tone, which can be aesthetically disturbing for some people.
In addition to the fine scaling and cosmetic differences, pityriasis versicolor may be accompanied by itching. While the itching is generally mild, it can cause discomfort in some individuals.
It is important to note that the symptoms of pityriasis versicolor can vary from person to person and the condition tends to recur, especially in environments where the factors that promote yeast growth are present, such as hot and humid climates.
Take the stretch test!
We can use the stretch test to assess whether the yeast infection has disappeared and whether the treatment has been successful. When the skin is stretched or stretched, very fine powdery flakes will form in the white spots. If flakes are visible, this indicates a still active infection. However, if only a white spot is seen with no flaking, it is considered negative, indicating healing. This test is a handy trick developed by a dermatologist from the AMC – Amsterdam and is used worldwide to assess the progress of treatment.
is pityriasis versicolor contagious?
No, Pityriasis Versicolor is not contagious. It is caused by a yeast called Pityrosporon Ovale, which is normally present on the skin. Under certain circumstances, this yeast can multiply and lead to the symptoms of Pityriasis Versicolor, such as fine scaling and cosmetic skin color differences. It is important to note that this yeast can vary from person to person, but it cannot be transmitted through direct contact or through other forms of contamination. So it is a benign condition that cannot be spread to other people.
The importance of patience: Recovery from Pityriasis Versicolor can take some time. It is important to be patient even if the yeasts are gone. The skin color can only fully recover after several months. However, it is reassuring to know that the condition is benign and does not cause permanent damage.
If Pityriasis Versicolor is suspected, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. A dermatologist can assess the severity of the condition and recommend the most appropriate treatment options based on individual needs and medical history. More about white spots body
Treatment options and what you can do at home
- Anti-fungal cream: If only a few spots are present, an anti-fungal cream can be used to treat the affected areas.
- Combination of anti-fungal cream and anti-dandruff shampoo: In more extensive fields, a combination of an anti-fungal cream and an anti-dandruff shampoo such as Resdan shampoo can be effective. Apply the shampoo undiluted to the affected skin in the evening, with the exception of the genital region, face and open wounds. Due to the strong smell and possible staining of clothing, please wear an old T-shirt during use. In some cases, the shampoo can cause skin irritation. Then stop for a few days to let the skin rest. If the yeast is still present, Resdan shampoo diluted with water can be used as a body wash. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse it off in the shower.
- Antifungal pills: If the above treatments are not effective, antifungal pills such as Trisporal or Diflucan may be prescribed.
- Avoid hot and humid environments: Pityrosporon Ovale thrives in warm and humid environments. Try to prevent excessive sweating by wearing cool, well-ventilated clothing and avoid prolonged exposure to hot and humid conditions.
- Use soap with a low pH value: Pityrosporon Ovale thrives better in an alkaline environment. Using a soap with a low pH level can help restore the skin’s natural acidity and inhibit yeast growth. Opt for a soap specifically formulated for sensitive or problem skin.
- Strengthen the skin barrier: A healthy skin barrier can help prevent yeast growth. Use moisturizers that hydrate and soften the skin, and choose products that contain ingredients such as ceramides and niacinamide to repair and strengthen the skin barrier.
- Shower with lukewarm water: Avoid using too hot water when showering, as this can dry out and irritate the skin. Instead, opt for lukewarm water to maintain the skin’s natural moisture balance.
- Avoid Exfoliating Excessively Exfoliating or rubbing can damage the skin and cause irritation. Use a gentle approach when cleansing the skin and avoid harsh exfoliating gloves or brushes.
- Gently pat skin dry: After showering, gently pat skin dry with a soft towel. Do not rub too hard as this can irritate the skin. Make sure the skin is thoroughly dry before dressing, as moist conditions can promote yeast growth.
- Avoid sharing towels: Because pityriasis versicolor is potentially contagious, it’s important to avoid sharing towels with others. This helps prevent spreading the yeast to other parts of the body or to other people.
- Change Bedding Regularly: Changing bedding, such as pillowcases and sheets, on a regular basis can help reduce the likelihood of re-infestation. Wash the bedding at a high temperature to kill the yeast.
In other words
Pityriasis Versicolor is a common skin condition caused by a non-contagious yeast. It can lead to fine flaking, itching and cosmetic skin color differences. Fortunately, effective treatment options are available, including antifungal creams, anti-dandruff shampoo combinations, and in some cases, antifungal pills. In addition, do not shower for too long, do not use shower gel or soap for the body and restore your skin barrier by using moisturizing and soothing products. Using the stretch test can help assess healing. It is important to be patient, as skin color recovery can take several months. Consult a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis and customized treatment.
Iconic Elements tips
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Iconic Elements Sensitive Cream – a good choice for supporting your skin during summer yeast treatments. This cream is specially formulated with gentle and effective ingredients, such as Avena Sativa (oat extract) to soothe and hydrate your skin. Zorg goed voor je huid, zelfs tijdens de warmste dagen van het jaar.
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The Calming Cream is an example of such a product that is specially designed to reduce itching and irritation. It contains ingredients such as marshmallow root, avena sativa (oats) and ectoine. Marshmallow root has soothing properties that can help soothe irritated skin. Avena sativa, is known for its soothing and moisturizing properties. Ectoine is a natural ingredient that helps reduce inflammation and protect the skin from harmful environmental factors. The use of the Calming Cream soothes and softens the skin, reducing itching and irritation and restoring comfort to the skin.