Lifestyle Tips for Managing Tinea Versicolor
Recurrent episodes are very common because the yeast that causes the infection is a normal fungus that lives on skin. Medicated cleansers may be used one or two times a month to help prevent tinea versicolor from coming back. You may need to use these cleansers if the infection keeps returning, especially if you live in a warm and humid area.
Here are some tips to help you manage tinea versicolor:
- Avoid using oily skin products.
- Reduce your exposure to the sun. Exposure to the sun may trigger or worsen an episode, and a tan makes the rash more visible.
- If you have to go out in the sun, consider using an anti-fungal shampoo daily for a couple of days prior to sun exposure.
- Put on sunscreen every day. Use a non-greasy formula with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 30.
- Do not wear tight clothing.
- Wear breathable fabrics, such as cotton, to decrease sweating.