Tinea Versicolor

Tinea versicolor, also known as pityriasis versicolor, is a common fungal infection of the skin. This condition results in the development of discolored patches on the skin, which can be lighter or darker than the surrounding skin.

The dermatologists at Dermatology Affiliates treat Tinea Versicolor with specialized creams, shampoos, or pills that kill the fungus. They might recommend a stronger medication if the infection is severe. Scheduling your skin consultation can help you and your dermatologist determine the best course of treatment for your diagnosis.

Following your dermatologist's advice for the best results will lead you to 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.