Maintaining Your Treatment Regimen After Summer Has Passed.
By David, Contributing Writer.
As your summer tan fades, you may not be able to see the Tinea Versicolor (TV) on your skin, but it’s most likely still there- so don’t be fooled into thinking you can relax your treatment regimen. Tinea Versicolor never disappears completely; it simply lays dormant waiting for the right condition to present itself again. If you don’t remain diligent in the “off season,” your TV will likely be worse when the hot and humid season returns.
For me, this year has been almost perfect in regard to managing my Tinea Versicolor. I started my full treatment regimen in early spring and as a result, I had what I like to call a “spotless summer.” I spent my usual days in the sun, tanning while running and cycling, yet no spots appeared. My skin looked healthy all summer long, but lately I’ve relaxed my regimen, having done nothing to maintain my skin for about two months – and the skin on my back and shoulders is beginning to itch. That itchiness reminds me that, though I can’t see my Tinea Versicolor, it’s still there.
With that in mind, the colder weather and lower humidity does provide a reprieve from having to perform the full, 2-step treatment regimen recommended here on Tinea-Versicolor.net. But we still need to keep up with the maintenance regimen, as detailed in the treatment page, to keep our TV from getting out of control again.
• Daily (if out in the sun regularly): Apply an oil free sunscreen like Coppertone Oil Free SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion.
• Weekly: Perform a weekly body wash with an anti-fungal soap like Terrasil Anti-Fungal Medicated Cleansing Bar.
• Monthly: Minimum of once per month application of Terrasil Tinea Treatment MAX immediately following your body wash with anti-fungal soap.
The frequency of these steps serves only as a guide. If you find yourself living or visiting a hot and humid climate, you may need to increase the frequency of any one of these maintenance steps, even to the point of returning to the full four-step treatment plan.