Exfoliating Tinea Versicolor

Exfoliating To Control Tinea Versicolor.

Tips On How To Keep Your Skin Looking And Feeling Healthy.
By David, Contributing Writer.

The human skin is a multi-layered organism caught in a state of perpetual regeneration. In fact, the entire outer surface of the human skin replaces itself monthly. When you think about the skin’s function, namely as a barrier to protect vital inner organs from harmful outside elements and as an essential cooling mechanism for the entire body, it’s easy to understand why the skin keeps itself as healthy as possible.

But what happens to all of that dead skin as the new skin comes in to take its place? Some of it sloughs off, but some remains, dulling the skin’s appearance and trapping the oils and fungus that feeds Tinea Versicolor (TV).

With that in mind, exfoliation takes on a new importance. Interestingly enough, the Scandinavian, European, and Asian cultures have long used exfoliation to keep their skin toned and beautiful. Perhaps it is the secret to maintaining their youthful appearance. Perhaps that youthful glow is part hereditary. Regardless, exfoliation can benefit each and every one of us, especially those who’d like to control Tinea Versicolor.

When we talk about exfoliating, we aren’t talking about those nylon substitutes you get with a bottle of popular body wash. We’re talking about exfoliating with a dry brush or exfoliating gloves. Even a simple washcloth and body scrub combination works wonders. Loofahs are popular, but they trap unhealthy bacteria that can actually harm the skin’s appearance, so it might be best to stay away from them.

The best time to exfoliate is in the morning as the skin is thought to repair itself while we sleep, but any other time is better than not at all. Most beauty experts agree that exfoliation should be done daily to weekly for the body, once or twice per week for your face.

The At-Home Body Scrub.

  1. Cleanse. In the shower, apply Terrasil Anti-Fungal Medicated Cleansing Bar to your skin and work in the moisturizer.
  2. Use a soft brush to brush from the feet upward, gently making short strokes for a few minutes.
  3. Rinse off.
  4. Scrub. Apply a body scrub to your entire body, massaging it in again for a few minutes. This is where your exfoliating gloves or washcloth will come in handy.
  5. Rinse off.
  6. Wash. Apply a salicylic acid body wash to your skin to remove oils, paying particular attention to those areas prone to Tinea Versicolor outbreaks. Massage into your skin by hand.
  7. Rinse off.
  8. Moisturize. Dry, moisturize, and you’re done!

 

A Few Tips for Exfoliating Your Face.

Exfoliating the face requires a gentle touch and a scrub with lighter granules, but the results will be worth it. Moisturizers will penetrate the skin better, makeup will smooth out better over your skin, and your face will glow with a healthier tone.

  • Use a soft washcloth. (If you can afford a  Clarisonic Skincare Brush, I hear they are wonderful exfoliators. Read the reviews!)
  • Use an oil-free face scrub with finer granules, rubbing scrub circularly for about 30-40 seconds.
  • Rinse with cool to warm water, not hot.

There you have it! Hope this helps keep the Tinea Versicolor away and your skin looking healthy, bright, and beautiful!

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Comments

    • Jim
    • April 9, 2016
    Reply

    I have had recurrent abdominal Tinea Versicolor for 35 years, with it usually getting worse in the warm months. What seems to have kicked it is a combination of exfoliation (Turkish kese mitt) and Bittim soap (folk remedy). I kept the old bottle of Selsun Lotion handy through last summer but did not have to use it.

    • Anne
    • July 6, 2015
    Reply

    Hey! So here’s the thing. I’m using ketaconazole shampoo 3-5 times a week, with a terbinafine (lamisil) cream 2x daily. On top of this, I’m showering and exfoliating daily (I’m very thorough). I make sure to only reuse clothes a couple times. I just can’t wash my clothes everyday like a lot of people suggest. I don’t have the time and the resources. I change my bedding 2-3 times a week, again I can’t do this everyday like people suggest for tinea treatment and prevention. I run a lot, I’m very active but I make sure to shower afterwards always. As for my diet, I’m trying to eat healthier for a wide variety of reasons, so I AM moderating and eliminating deserts and junk food. Again, I know this is getting old, but I can’t eliminate all wheat and fruit like suggested because it would be highly unrealistic as I thrive off of fruit and vegetables and whole grains. Do you think I’m on a good track in fighting my TV? I’m certainly trying my best but there’s some things I just can’t do. ALSO, what do you think are some good moisturizers for people with TV? My back (where my TV is located) gets quite dry from the constant medication and everyday exfoliating. I’ve read that TV feeds off of oils and moisture. So I feel like rubbing lotion on my TV affected areas would do a lot of damage. So I’m wondering if there’s a way around this? Thank you for reading!

      • Tony
      • July 6, 2015
      Reply

      Hi Anne. Thanks for contacting me.

      Keep up the good work! I really admire that you’re attacking the control of your Tinea Versicolor(TV) from many angles.

      Please see my article on Tinea Versicolor and Moisturizing Your Skin.
      It is very common that anti-fungal soaps and creams dry the skin as they work to remove some of the things on which TV thrives, such as our natural body oils. I experienced this myself for many years.

      Lately, I use products from Aidance Skincare that incorporate powerful anti-fungals with soothing moisturizers. This unique combination is proving to be the best product for me…in terms of convenience and results.

      One more thing Anne. Do you keep a journal? A picture-journal is a great way to log your progress over time on the results you achieve with your treatment-regimen. See my article Pictures of Tinea Versicolor-How to Build a Journal.
      You may want to include your laundry-routine in your journal.

      • AC
      • March 1, 2016
      Reply

      Hi Anne,
      Do you take a probiotic? I think it’s something that is a must when trying to deal with the yeast problem.
      🙂

    • Rahul Sharma
    • September 11, 2014
    Reply

    Thanks for this information Tony bro. I am suffering with this problem but now I got the real solution.

      • Tony
      • September 11, 2014
      Reply

      Hi Rahul. I’m glad to know that I can help.

    • arthee
    • August 27, 2012
    Reply

    Hi I have tinea versicolor and your blog has been so helpful I just keep learning more and more every time im on it. I was just wondering what to do cause I have tinea versicolor on my eyelids and under my eyes and on my neck and is this soap allowed to be used near eye areas? thank you please answer

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