Skin Condition Tinnea Versicolor

Skin Analysis
28 Nov 2013

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The first sign of Tinnea versicolor are macules on the skin. The other signs and symptoms are:

The macules may be lighter (sometimes darker) than the surrounding skin. The colour of the spots can be white, pink, salmon, red, tan, or brown.
The spots can appear anywhere on the body.
Spots can be dry and scaly.
Skin may itch where the spots appear.
Spots become more noticeable as the skin tans. The yeast prevents the skin from tanning.
Spots grow slowly.
As the yeast grows, the spots can combine and form patches of lighter (or darker) skin.
The spots may disappear when the temperature drops and return in the spring or summer when the air gets warm and humid.

The macules of Tinnea versicolor can be dry and scaly. As the yeast grows, the spots can grow together.

Who gets the condition?

The yeast that causes Tinnea versicolor lives on everyone’s skin. When the yeast overgrows, it causes the skin disease Tinnea versicolor. It is believed that the following can cause the yeast to overgrow:

Older adults and children rarely get it unless they live in a tropical or subtropical area.
People with weakened immune system are more susceptible
Diets high in fat and sugar would make you also more susceptible
People with oily skin conditions
Lots of sweating.
Oily skin.

A weakened immune system.

How do we diagnose the condition?

We gently scrape off a bit of the skin. This will be examined under a microscope.
We look at the skin with a special device and the affected skin appears yellowish green in colour when looked at through the device.

How do we treat the condition?

We use plant and mineral based anti-yeast shampoos, soaps, creams, lotions as well as internal remedies if required, to remove the skin and restore the skin back to health.


With treatment, the yeast is being removed. The skin, however, may stay lighter (or darker) for weeks or months. The skin will eventually return to its normal colour. To help even out your skin tone, you should protect your skin from the sun and not tan.

The condition can return. When the air outdoors is warm and humid, the yeast can quickly grow out of control. Especially in people who live in a tropical climates or have any of the above mentioned conditions.

For more information or to book an appointment contact the Natural Dermatology Clinic on 020 7467 1539 or

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