Do you find yourself with tiny, stubborn bumps in your t-zone area and chest/back that never seem to go away? No matter how many acne treatment products you use? It’s not acne, it’s more than likely pityrosporum folliculitis. Pityrosporum folliculitis is a phrase in skincare that sounds nasty and complicated, but it’s not. It’s basically a fancy scientific phrase for a form of fungal acne that flares up in areas where sebum production happens the most. If you have oily skin, you’re more likely to have it because your sebum is like dinner for malassezia, which is the fungus naturally found in our skin and causes the folliculitis.
It differs from traditional acne because of its fungal properties, whereas traditional acne is caused by bacteria. Treating pityrosporum folliculitis requires a different route than treating bacterial acne, so here’s 5 ingredients and products to incorporate into your routine to treat it.
1. Zinc Pyrithione
This is probably the most important ingredient you can use in regards to fungal acne. Studies have shown that zinc pyrithione is effective when it comes to inhibiting the malassezia since it’s an anti-fungal agent. The easiest way to incorporate this ingredient into your routine is by using a soap with zinc pyrithione, such as Noble 2% Zinc Pyrithione Soap. You use it daily or a few times a week, depending on how your skin reacts to it because it is known to be drying. You can also opt for a customized Curology prescription where they offer zinc pyrithione as well.