Tinea Versicolor

Understanding and Treating Tinea Versicolor

What is Tinea Versicolor?

Tinea versicolor, also known as pityriasis versicolor, is a common fungal infection of the skin. This condition leads to the development of discolored patches, which can be either lighter or darker than the surrounding skin. These patches are often more noticeable after sun exposure.


Expert Treatment at the Center for Surgical Dermatology & Dermatology Associates

The dermatologists at the Center for Surgical Dermatology & Dermatology Associates are skilled in treating Tinea Versicolor. Depending on the severity of the infection, they may prescribe specialized creams, shampoos, or pills to effectively kill the fungus. For more severe cases, stronger medications may be recommended.

Personalized Care and Effective Solutions

Scheduling a skin consultation is the first step in determining the best course of treatment for Tinea Versicolor. Our dermatologists will assess your condition and provide personalized recommendations to ensure the most effective treatment plan. Following your dermatologist's advice is crucial for achieving the best results and accomplishing your healthy skin goals.

What are the Symptoms of Tinea Versicolor?

  • Patches may be pink, tan, or brown. 
  • Can merge to form larger areas.
  • Tinea versicolor is more noticeable after sun exposure because the fungus inhibits the normal tanning response.

What Causes Tinea Versicolor?

  • Tinea versicolor is caused by an overgrowth of the yeast-like fungus Malassezia on the skin.
  • The fungus disrupts normal pigmentation, leading to the development of discolored patches on the skin.
  • Factors like heat, humidity, and oily skin can contribute to the overgrowth of Malassezia.


To prevent tinea versicolor, maintain good hygiene, avoid excessive heat and humidity, use antifungal shampoos if necessary, limit sun exposure, avoid oily skin care products, and choose breathable clothing.

Tinea Versicolor FAQs

Dermatologists often diagnose Tinea Versicolor by examining the affected skin and may use a Wood's lamp for better visibility. If you notice persistent discoloration or changes in your skin, consult a dermatologist.

Recurrence is possible, especially in warm and humid environments. Dermatologists may recommend antifungal shampoos or other preventive measures to minimize the risk of recurrence.

Yes, Tinea Versicolor can affect facial skin. Dermatologists may recommend specialized treatments for the face, such as antifungal creams or washes designed for sensitive areas.

Sun exposure can worsen Tinea Versicolor. Dermatologists often advise avoiding prolonged sun exposure and may recommend specific sunscreens or protective measures to prevent exacerbation.

Treatment Options for Tinea Versicolor

If tinea versicolor is diagnosed, dermatologists may prescribe oral antifungal medications. It's essential to follow the prescribed treatment regimen consistently to ensure effective resolution of the infection. Scheduling a skin check is recommended to create your custom treatment plan.