Tinea versicolor is a common skin condition caused by an overgrowth of yeast on the skin’s surface. The yeast normally live in the pores of the skin and thrive in oily areas such as the neck, upper chest and back. An overgrowth results in a fungal infection that causes uneven skin color, scaling and sometimes itch. Why some people develop tinea versicolor and others do not is not entirely clear. The yeast which causes tinea versicolor is normally present in small numbers on normal skin and the yeast can become overgrown on anyone.
Treatment: Upon diagnosis by a dermatologist common treatments for tinea versicolor are topical solutions such as shampoos, creams, lotions; oral medications, medicated cleansers and in some cases ultraviolet light therapy. If you have tinea versicolor, please make an appointment.