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Tinea Versicolor: 5 Precautions To Take When Exercising.

Taking The Worry Out of Solariums, Gyms, and Exercise Classes.

Do you remember a game called Labyrinth? Labyrinth was a maze of traps and holes where your job was to steer a ball to the end which seemed possible, but not without a challenge!

The same holds true for those of us struggling with Tinea Versicolor (TV)—a persistent, often bewildering and always challenging skin disorder.

TV adds a new level of inconvenience to your life.

That’s because this little “dermabeast” can be a challenge to contain—always choosing to appear at the most inopportune times, causing you to alter your course or plans.

That doesn’t mean life has to become unbearable, however. In fact, it can remain quite enjoyable if you approach TV proactively.

With that in mind, I’d like to take a moment to address the concerns of a young lady from “Down-Under” named Trish. She emailed me very concerned about the spread of TV to herself and to others.

Trish thought that maybe she had caught TV from a past visit to a solarium (tanning bed) and that, if she had contracted TV in that way, would she be putting others at risk if she continued visiting public solariums, exercise classes, or gyms now that she has this affliction.

The answer to Trish’s question is NO! You will not put others at risk, nor was it contracted this way. Let me explain.

Tinea Versicolor was first identified in 1846 as being caused by a fungus called Malassezia Furfur which naturally lives on normal adult skin.

TV is a condition where the rate at which the fungus multiplies (due to hormone or immune abnormalities and humidity,) overcomes the body’s rate of replenishing skin which would otherwise keep it in check.

This condition is NOT contagious.

That being said, the Tinea Versicolor fungus can spread quickly on your own skin if you don’t take regular precautions.

And certain environments, like solariums and hot-sweaty exercise halls, only serve as fungus fuel.

When you lay skin on any surface, heat from the friction and restricted air flow causes sweat to accumulate between the two surfaces—and that’s just the environment TV likes.

That doesn’t mean you need to avoid public solariums, or stop attending your daily yoga class. You just need to take a few precautions.

5 Precautions When Exercising:

1. Take your own sanitized towels and mat with you when going to the gym or exercise class. (For information on how to sanitize your laundry of Tinea Versicolor, please visit our article Sanitizing Your Laundry.)

2. Always shower immediately following exercise or a hard day’s work under the sun. This will wash away the oils produced through sweat, oils that the fungus feeds upon.

3. When showering, I recommend using Terrasil Anti-Fungal Medicated Cleansing Bar. This remarkable soap combines powerful anti-fungal and moisturizing agents that work to clear the way for the “silver bullet” against Tinea Versicolor that follows next.

4. Following your shower, towel dry and cover the affected areas with Terrasil Tinea Treatment MAX. This revolutionary salve packs activated organic ingredients that ramps your treatment of Tinea Versicolor to the next level.

5. When you arrive home, complete the process by immediately laundering and sanitizing your towel, gym clothes, mat, and gym bag.

Follow these precautions and the labyrinth that is Tinea Versicolor gets reduced to a few predictable turns on the road to a full life.

See our Treatment Page for detailed information on products I use to treat my own skin.

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    • Tina
    • May 30, 2015

    I’m going to purchase the Noble Formula Soap right after I email you. My question is, do I use the soap then use Ketoconazole (topical shampoo for 5 minutes) after?

    For months now I’ve been using my own soap (Cetaphil) to wash dirt, etc then putting ketoconazole on right after for 5 minutes…then rinse off. I want to replace the cetaphil soap with noble formula since it appears to be a good soap for tinea versicolor.

    Also, for a while I hated the hassle of standing in the shower for 5 minutes with Selenium Sulfide (selsun blue). I had put it on after my shower until the next shower (next day) and repeat the process. Was that bad? If not, could I do the same with ketoconazole?


      • Tina
      • May 30, 2015

      …Or is Terrasil Anti-Fungal Medicated Cleansing Bar better than Noble Formula Soap? Basically, which soap did you find most effective?

      There are a few soaps you have listed, so I’m confused which to use. Such as the ZNP bar you had indicated as “The Best Treatment For Tinea Versicolor”. I want to start with the most effective and see how that soap works for me. If the Terrasil Anti-Fungal Medicated Cleansing Bar is the best, do I need to use it with the Terrasil Tinea Treatment MAX for the soap to be most effective?

      Thanks again.

        • Tony
        • June 2, 2015

        Hi Tina. Thanks for contacting me.

        I can tell you’ve really done your homework.
        Let me respond to you by stating that the most effective treatment to date, (which I personally use daily,)…utilizes Terrasil Anti-Fungal Medicated Cleansing Bar with Terrasil Tinea Treatment MAX.
        The methodology I follow is clearly described on the tinea versicolor treatment tab of the website.

        Let me also suggest you keep a detailed daily-logbook where you record the products and dosage along with photos of your problem areas…and consider your diet and laundry habits for added impact to restoring your skin condition.

          • Tina
          • June 8, 2015

          Thanks so much for your response. After my message to you I received Noble Formula Soup and Terrasil Anti-Fungal Medicated Cleansing Bar with Terrasil Tinea Treatment MAX. I started using all of them. This is what I did: washed with Noble then Terrasil Anti-Fungal Cleansing Bar then Ketoconazole. After I got out of the shower I put on Terrasil Tinea Treatment MAX. Is this too much? I got extremely itchy for 3 days. I’m desperate in getting rid of my TV. It’s taking over my life and I’m miserable for 4 weeks and then I’m clear of it for 2 weeks and the cycle continues.

          Also, for Step 1: The Silver Bullet, do I continue using this every day until the TV goes away? So if it goes away in a week, do I stop use and switch to maintenance mode? Or if it remains for more than 2 weeks, do I continue until it’s completely gone, even if it’s 4-5 weeks? Do you recommend I use the treatment twice a day to make the TV go quicker or it doesn’t matter?

          How long have you been free of TV returning on this treatment?


            • Tony
            • June 15, 2015

            Hi Tina.

            Using 3 different soaps together is unnecessary. I would suggest using just 1 at a time and documenting the results in your daily-logbook to determine which soap gives you best results. Start with the Terrasil Anti-Fungal Medicated Cleansing Bar.

            There is no exact timing of my methodology, whether “Silver Bullet” or “Maintenance”. It is intended to illustrate my mindset to combating Tinea Versicolor, and describes what I do personally, generally speaking. For example, now that it is Summer in South Florida where I live, a time that is notorious for breakouts for me, I presently use Terrasil Tinea Treatment MAX up to 3 times per week in the evening as my maintenance-mode, and continue showering with Terrasil Anti-Fungal Medicated Cleansing Bar everyday.

            Let me point out that Aidance Skincare, the manufacturer of Terrasil products, recommends using Tinea Treatment MAX twice daily for up to 4 weeks. So you have plenty of leverage to ramp-up your personal action plan.

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