“Tinea versicolor” is a common skin infection in (sub)tropical areas that occurs when an overgrowth of yeast cells leads to discolored patches of skin. Also common during the summer months when higher temperatures and humidity may cause the fungus to grow and form small colonies on the skin’s surface, the fungus may thrive in oily areas of the skin such as the neck, upper chest, and back. The infection resembles small, scaly white-to-tan spots. This uneven skin coloration becomes particularly noticeable when the fungal cells inhibit tanning. At this point, patients may become concerned enough to seek help from the dermatologist, in which case, creams and lotions that contain selenium sulfide, ketoconazole, or pyrithione zinc may be prescribed.
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P.S. Aside from having oily skin and living in a hot, humid climate, other risk factors for tinea versicolor include a weakened immune system and hormonal fluctuations.