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How to Differ Between Fungal Acne and Bacterial Acne?

Bacterial and Fungal Acne Difference

Do you panic when you see your otherwise flawless skin breaking out with acne? Getting acne is no biggie and is perfectly normal. But sometimes what you think is acne is not acne at all but Malassezia folliculitis also known as fungal acne.

Bacterial acne and fungal acne are quite different from each other and need to be identified to be treated accordingly. There are some remedial methods to use to counter fungal acne, whereas, the bacterial acne can also be treaded in with some home remedies and proper diet plan without the use of any drug. We also need to take a closer look at why fungal acne appears so we can counter this situation accordingly.

Forms of Acne:

Bacterial acne occurs due to your follicles getting clogged up with sebum. On the other hand, fungal acne is caused by excessive yeast built up in your hair follicles. Both cause breakouts that look quite similar. Even doctors are sometimes unable to differentiate between regular bacterial acne and fungal acne.

However, it is quite important to distinguish between the two conditions because treatments like antibiotics for bacterial acne can make fungal acne worse. So the question arises on how to actually differ between fungal acne and bacterial acne?

Differentiating Between Fungal and Bacterial Acne

You can tell the two apart based on where the breakout occurs on your body. bacterial acne usually occurs on the face, jawline, chest, and arms. On the other hand, you will find fungal acne mostly on the chest, upper back, and upper arms.

Their appearance can also give you a clue as to which condition you are dealing with. If you have tiny bumps that are all the same in size and cause itching, you most probably have fungal acne. Whiteheads and blackheads of different sizes are usually caused by bacterial acne. Fungal acne does not grow on the head. Also, burning and itchiness can indicate that you have fungal acne.

Bacterial acne also does not occur in clusters. You can have a single or a few blackheads or whiteheads spread out across your face or body due to bacterial acne. Where. as fungal acne occurs in bunches or clusters.

Treatment Of Acne:

A tell-tale sign of fungal acne is that it does not clear up even after taking medications and remedies for bacterial acne. Bacterial acne treatment can make fungal acne worse if you have it. That’s because the antibiotics kill the normal bacteria on your skin and cause the yeast responsible for fungal acne to overgrow. Fungal acne is cleared up with antifungal products.

Although bacterial and fungal acne is tricky to differentiate, you can do a quick search on the internet to get pictures of both. Also, if your condition does not clear up after several days of using acne remedies and medicines, take over-the-counter solutions for fungal acne products or just consult your doctor. Your doctor will be able to confirm whether you have fungal acne or bacterial acne.

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Zahira Bano

Zahira holds a Ph.D. in Cosmetics Surgery and Pharma. She worked with Mashable's and some other beauty, skincare, and wellness blogs. She is also a well-known researcher from Nanjing University of Science & Technology. She also writes on the female empowerment motivational topics in her leisure time.

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