Skin Conditions

Pityrosporum Folliculitis

Pityrosporum Folliculitis is a rash-like condition that affects the hair follicle and is caused by a type of yeast. It is often mistaken for acne, as it causes spots or pimples to form around the hair follicle. Pityrosporum Folliculitis can also be very itchy.

What causes Pityrosporum Folliculitis?

Pityrosporum Folliculitis is caused when there is an overgrowth of Pityrosporum (a type of yeast found on the skin). This can be due to environmental factors, such as heat and humidity, or an excess of oil production in the skin; the application of oily products to the skin, contraceptive pill, excess sweating and stress.

Where can you get Pityrosporum Folliculitis?

You can get Pityrosporum Folliculitis anywhere there is a hair follicle, although it tends to be most commonly found on the upper body and face.

Who can get Pityrosporum Folliculitis?

Pityrosporum Folliculitis tends to affect young adults – both male and female. Diabetics are also more at risk.

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