Got Pityrosporum Skin Yeast?
With summer comes sweating, and with sweating, comes the overgrowth of the Pityrosporum skin yeast – and with that comes Pityrosporum folliculitis. Pityrosporum folliculitis leads to acne scarring. The plot thickens because summer sun exposure of these acne lesions also comes with dark marks.
The brown marks and scars can last a lifetime. You’ve seen it on other people’s skin, and it may have happened in the past to you, too!
Head it off before it starts.
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Treat this common type of acne before it leaves permanent marks on your skin.
What is Pityrosporum Folliculitis?
What does it have to do with summer?
Why does the sun cause lasting marks on the skin?
Pityrosporum yeast, also called Malassezia, lives on everyone’s skin, especially in the oilier parts like the face, upper chest and back, shoulders, neck, and scalp. When skin gets warm and moist, this yeast grows more. That’s why summer is a particularly important time for this type of acne.
Malassezia especially loves clogged pores. Ensconced deep in the pore, the yeast is cozy, thrives and plays a role in causing pimples.
Thriving Malassezia yeast produces inflammation.
You feel this as tender and itchy red bumps and pustules. The normal acne causing germ, called Propionibacterium acnes, plays some role, too. But, the exact interplay between these two skin organisms is not fully understood in Pityrosporum Folliculitis.
What is known for certain is that the pimples are odd and itchy, bright red and can leave scars. They also have a high risk of hyperpigmenting when you get a tan.
Dermatologists call the brown marks “postinflammatory hyperpigmentation.” It happens when you tan at the same time that you have these acne lesions. The redness and inflammation allow normal skin melanin pigment to pass from the epidermis into the dermis (second living-layer of your skin) where it shouldn’t be. Here, it can stay forever… just like ink does in a tattoo.
Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation is why Pityrosporum folliculitis often leaves pin point scars AND brown marks that can last for years – or forever.
It has a powerful combination of therapy and prevention:
- We use traditional acne-treating medicines to keep pores unclogged and to control the normal acne causing germ called Propionibacterium acnes.
- We add my Calming Zinc Bar, which contains pyrithione zinc, a known fighter of Malassezia skin yeast.
- We prevent postinflammatory hyperpigmentation with the use of oil-free, broad spectrum mineral sunscreens.
It’s the 1, 2, 3 punch — complete and comprehensive treatment that helps in the prevention of acne scars and marks from summer’s special type of acne.
Malassezia yeast has two forms; one lives a peaceful existence on human skin (the yeast form called Malassezia) and the other is a mycelial form that can cause skin problems (Pityrosporum form). It’s why one little “germ” has two names! (Actually, it’s been such a hard yeast to study, and it has even more names.)
This organism is a true “chameleon,” and this has delayed our understanding of what its real role is as a cause of human skin problems. Even in my dermatology residency back in the mid-1980s, Malassezia/Pityrosporum was considered a controversial cause of this unique form of acne.
Not anymore. But, the exact mechanism of how it causes the pimples is still not understood. Treatment isn’t though — keep the pores clear, keep the germs well-behaved on your sweaty summer skin, and it all seems to help. My Pityrosporum Folliculitis SunSavvy Kit products have the right ingredients.
Richard M. Rubenstein, MD and Sarah A. Malerich, BS, Malassezia (Pityrosporum) Folliculitis, J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2014 Mar; 7(3): 37–41.
Ruth Ashbee* and E. Glyn V. Evans, Immunology of Diseases Associated with Malassezia Species, Clin Microbiol Rev. 2002 Jan; 15(1): 21–57.