Since summer is drawing to a close, many of us are missing that hot sun on our skin. While it may feel nice to lie baking in the sun’s rays, it can actually be kind of damaging. No, I’m not talking about sunburn. There is another skin-related issue it can cause.
By the end of the season, many people find that they have bizarre rashes on their skin. Often, these affect their backs, necks, and even heads.
They look a little something like this (above) and can be quite troubling if you don’t know what they are.
Before you start freaking out about the rash, let’s take a look at what it really is. There is actually a little-known skin condition that affects many people during the summer.
The condition is known as tinea versicolor and is actually way more common than you might imagine. While it might look kind of scary at first glance, it is pretty harmless when it comes down to it.
Essentially, this is a skin fungal infection which is caused by excess sweating. You see, warm, moist sweat creates the perfect environment for fungus to grow.
The truth of the matter is that most of us have a yeast in our skin called Malassezia. It tends to stay dormant most of the time, but when we sweat, it can grow and develop.
“Yeast loves warm, moist areas so it will grow when your skin stays hot and sweaty in the summer, or if you sit around in damp exercise clothes which trap moisture,” Dr. Whitney Bowe explained to Buzzfeed. So, how can you get rid of it?
“The metabolic by-product of the yeast’s feeding process is a specific acid which goes into nearby skin cells and stops them from producing melanin, the pigment that gives skin color,” Bowe continued.
There is some good news! You can actually cure this problem at home using an anti-fungal treatment.
“At the drugstore you can buy Selsun Blue shampoo which contains an anti-fungal called selenium sulfide, or clotrimazole and Lotrimin creams,” said Bowe.
That means that you don’t need to worry too much about this infection. Instead, you simply need to treat it as soon as you notice it! Simple.
Here’s a little more about the condition:
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