Is fungal acne dangerous?

Like most fungal infections, fungal acne is rarely dangerous. And most of the time it’s easily treatable. It might cause discomfort and itchiness, but it shouldn't hurt.

Fungal skin conditions usually only become harmful if left untreated, if they break the skin and lead to infection underneath the surface.1 It’s important not to scratch fungal acne in order to avoid tearing the skin and increasing the risk of further infection.

1What Are Fungal Infections? by Ben E. de Pauw. Mediterr J Hematol Infect Dis.

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Fungal Acne

A fungal infection that resembles to regular acne—but isn't!

Also Called

Pityrosporum folliculitis, malassezia folliculitis

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Frequently Found On

Chest, back, and arms

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