Pityrosporum Folliculitis and Acne
Title: Pityrosporum folliculitis: diagnosis
and management in 6 female adolescents with acne vulgaris
Authors: Ayers K, Sweeney SM, Wiss K
Publication: Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005 Jan;159(1):64-7.
Pityrosporum folliculitis is a common skin inflammation that
may look like acne vulgaris (or the common acne). Some teenagers
who have lesions that are resistant to treatment may actually
have acne and Pityrosporum folliculitis simultaneously. Pityrosporum
folliculitis can also create inflamed lesion in the face, back,
and chest. Although it is a common condition, it is less frequently
identified or diagnosed by doctors. Moreoever, Pityrosporum folliculitis
often worsen with traditional acne therapy and should be treated
with antifungals instead.
In this paper, the author treated 6 female patients with both
acne and Pityrosporum folliculitis disease. They perform a potassium
hydroxide examination to confirm the presence of yeast (a type
of fungus) and treated them with topical and oral antifungals.
The authors noted that all six patients have improved skin conditions.