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Why Isn't My Acne Getting Better?

By Dr. Elisheva Neffinger

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Have you noticed small, itchy, uniformly-sized “pimples” on your forehead, around your mouth, or on your back and chest that emerge suddenly and are stubborn to respond to typical acne treatments?

You may be suffering from “fungal acne,” a condition that is surprisingly not actually acne at all. Also known as Malassezia folliculitis, fungal acne is a type of yeast on the skin that tends to proliferate with the overgrowth of oil and moisture: it is more common in humid environments, amongst athletes, and for those with oily skin.

The good news? Bloom Natural Health has suggestions for prevention and naturopathic remedies.

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To prevent fungal acne, change your clothes and cleanse your skin immediately after sweating or doing a workout, particularly on warmer and more humid days.

For treatment, common skincare ingredients to combat fungal acne include niacinamide and salicylic acid, as well as anti-dandruff formulations. Pure honey and essential oil preparations may also be useful, as many display naturally anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.

Consult a naturopathic physician if you see signs of fungal acne. Dr. Elisheva Neffinger of Bloom Natural Health specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of skin ailments. Contact Bloom Natural Health today to schedule a consultation.


Bloom on Zoom:

"Holistic Skin Solutions: Achieving Your Natural Summer Glow"

Join Dr. Elisheva Neffinger on Thursday, August 26th from 12pm-1pm for “Holistic Skin Solutions: Achieving Your Natural Summer Glow,” the second installment of “Bloom on Zoom,” Bloom Natural Health’s free monthly webinar series. This month's webinar will take an in-depth look at identifying your skin type, selecting the right products and supplements, developing a skin care routine, and determining techniques to combat common skin issues, followed by a Q&A, where Dr. Neffinger will answer all of your fungal acne and other skin care-related questions. Visit our website for more information: We hope to see you there!


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