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Aussie Scientist

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  1. Acne

    Have you taken antibiotics and if so, which ones.

    Antibiotics cause on-going fungal acne and some anti-biotics cause gram negative bacyterial acne.

    These types of acne need treatments for these particular types of acne - topical antifungal crrams or topical creams that kil gram negative bacterial acne.

    Treatments for ordinary acne make these types of acme worse (sometimes after temporarily making them better).

    Standard statement - I have spent over 2,500 hours reading scientific papers about fungal acne and gram negative acne, and I have extensive experience with fungal acne, in particular. I am a scientist (not a medical doctor). I provide information based on my extensive experience with fungal acne, and some experience with gram negative acne.


  2. Dior

    One needs to use the correct antifungal cream for the type of fungus that one has.

    Do you have a white tongue or dandruff ?

    The wrong antifungal cream for the particular fungus causing the problem will NOT fix fungal acne.

    Keratosis pilaris is often caused by candida fungus, which does make one's body make keratin nodules. Thus, your problems are most likely caused by candida.

    Topical nystatin cream should fix your problem. The other antifungal creams won't because they don't kill candida very well, if at all. Candida is resistant to most oral antifungals.

    Murprocin is active against candid fungus (even though it is an antibiotic) -

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10487455

    You could use both nystatin and muriprocin.

    Standard statement - I have spent over 2,500 hours reading scientific papers about fungal acne and gram negative acne, and I have extensive experience with fungal acne, in particular. I am a scientist (not a medical doctor). I provide information based on my extensive experience with fungal acne, and some experience with gram negative acne.


  3. Dhires

    Minocycline and doxycycline can cause fungal acne and/or gram negative acne, both of which mimic (look like) perioral dermatitis. 

    Spreading sounds like a fungal condition, because fungus moves across skin.

    Do you have one or more of the following - dandruff, white tongue, toenail fungus, flaking skin, red rash, itchy skin, sinus problems, gut problems ??

    Doctors do not know about fungal skin conditions, except tinea and ringworm.

    Standard statement - I have spent over 2,500 hours reading scientific papers about fungal acne and gram negative acne, and I have extensive experience with fungal acne, in particular. I am a scientist (not a medical doctor). I provide information based on my extensive experience with fungal acne, and some experience with gram negative acne.


  4. Douglas

    Otral terbenafine is VERY dangerous. Can I STRONGLY suggest that you use topical treatments, and do nottake oral antifungals (except oral Nilstat which is safe but won't control fungal acne) except as an absolute last resort.

    I think you have already advised that you are not taking terbenafine any more - that is good.

    Standard statement - I have spent over 2,500 hours reading scientific papers about fungal acne and gram negative acne, and I have extensive experience with fungal acne, in particular. I am a scientist (not a medical doctor). I provide information based on my extensive experience with fungal acne, and some experience with gram negative acne.


  5. Lulu

    Azaleic acid lotion is not acidic. It is notan "acid" in the usual sense of the word. I suggest you try applying it - it is very good. Azaleic acid should clear your problem, especially together with Eurax cream and terbenafine (Lamisil) cream.

    I strongly suggest that you buy these and apply them. 

    Fungal acne is often/usually cystic.


  6. Dasp

    Fungal acne has many forms. Much of the information about fungal acne on the web is limited, and sometime it is not correct. The best thing is to check for other symptoms of fungal conditions. Hence my queries below...

    Do you have one or more of the following along with the acne - dandruff, a red rash, itchy skin, flaking skin, seborhheic dermatitis, toenail fungus, sinus problems, a white tongue, gut problems, unexplained headaches or unexplained tiredness (or feelings of disorientation) ?

    Have you taken/do you take anyprescription meds ?

    If you get back to me with answers to the above questions, I can provide more information.


  7. JOIN

    This could well be fungal acne. It lookslike fungal acne (not that one can always go on appearance with fungal acne, but the "sticking up" follicles are a sign of fungal acne). Seb derm indicates fungal acne. I would certainly try antifungal treatments BEFORE trying any antibiotics etc.

    I suggest you apply terbenafine cream (Lamisil or similar) and keep your skin very dry - do not apply moisturisers. Fungus loves moisture, and malasezzia fungus (which causes seb derm) feeds on organic oils in moisturisers.

    Lotrimin Ultra (butenafine) will sometimes control malasezzia fungus, but not aways. Lamisil is better (terbenafine).

    Malasezzia isoften resisamt to ketoconazole (in Nizoral). Shampoos with climbazole (not be to be confused with clotrimazole) are better for controling malasezzia than ketoconazole.

    See if you can get a shampoo with CLIMBAZOLE in it. Mustela Foam Shampoo for Newborns is a good one, if you can get it. You can leave this shampoo on your skin/scalp overnight if you wish - it is very gentle. If you are in the US, you can buy climbazole powder quite cheaply and make you own antifungal shampoo.

    Also, wipe off sweat from the area/s with "acne".

    Azaleic acid is good at controlling fungal acne also and you can apply ti together with the terbenafine cream (Lamisil or similar).

    I am happy to hear back from you.

    Standard statement - I have spent over 2,500 hours reading scientific papers about fungal acne and gram negative acne, and I have extensive experience with fungal acne, in particular. I am a scientist (not a medical doctor). I provide information based on my extensive experience with fungal acne, and some experience with gram negative acne.


  8. People

    I did not find cicliopirox very useful for fungal acne, but your experience/s may be different.

    I would not take oral keto as it is quite dangerous and candida and malasezzia tend to be resistant to it - yes I know there is a study report that oral keto controls fungal skin problems, but that study did not include either terbenafine or nystatin so one cannot conclude a lot from it.

    It is absolutely try that one needs to apply 20-3 topical antifungal creams. Also try applying topical azaleic acid oinment as it is antifungal and also it calms inflammation.

    Standard statement - I have spent over 2,500 hours reading scientific papers about fungal acne and gram negative acne, and I have extensive experience with fungal acne, in particular. I am a scientist (not a medical doctor). I provide information based on my extensive experience with fungal acne, and some experience with gram negative acne.


  9. Lulu

    Has the clotrimazole helped control the acne at all ? Have you been using terbenafine cream (Lamisil or similar) together with the clotrimazole cream ? Terbenafine cream controls malasezzia beter than clotrimazole.

    Given you are only getting a small (?) response to clotrimazole, I suggest you buy some azaleic acid lotion (The Ordinary makes one that is not too expensive), and apply that with the clotrimazole cream. The azaleic acid lotion will help control the inflammation and it is also antifungal.

    Eurax cream, if you can get it, is also useful for controlling fungal acne and it also controls inflammation.

    Are you still taking birth control pills ?? If so, they could/will be exacerbating the fungal problems.

    I am happy to hear how things go with the azaleic acid lotion and the Eurax cream plus clotrimazole and terbenafine cream.

    Fungus sometimes only colonises one area of skin.

    Standard statement - I have spent over 2,500 hours reading scientific papers about fungal acne and gram negative acne, and I have extensive experience with fungal acne, in particular. I am a scientist (not a medical doctor). I provide information based on my extensive experience with fungal acne, and some experience with gram negative acne.


  10. Good news, Educated. Thanks.

    I was a bit rushed this morning.  Usually I ask the diagnostic questions for fungal acne FIRST, to establish whether the person is likely to have fungal acne or not, beforeI provide further information about how to control it.

    This morning I coalesced the two steps, because I was in a hurry,

    Good that you have sorted out your issue.

    I wish you well.

    Standard statement - I have spent over 2,500 hours reading scientific papers about fungal acne and gram negative acne, and I have extensive experience with fungal acne, in particular. I am a scientist (not a medical doctor). I provide information based on my extensive experience with fungal acne, and some experience with gram negative acne.


  11. Thanks Educated

    It is my standard response, because lots of people have fungal acne, and I check for likely causes of the problem.

    Standard statement - I have spent over 2,500 hours reading scientific papers about fungal acne and gram negative acne, and I have extensive experience with fungal acne, in particular. I am a scientist (not a medical doctor). I provide information based on my extensive experience with fungal acne, and some experience with gram negative acne.


  12. Grey

    You may (now) have fungal acne.

    Fungal acne is CAUSED by taking antibiotics, and some other meds possibly including accutane.

    I suggest you do the following -

    1. Buy clotrimazole topical antifungal cream (often sold as Canesten - no prescription needed) and apply it to the areas with the acne 2-3 times a day. Topical antifungal creams are totally safe. You may need a more targeted antifungal cream, but start with clotrimazole antifungal cream.

    2. Wash your hair in an antidandruff shampoo.

    3. Do NOT apply any moisturisers or organic oils to the areas with acne. Keep your skin very dry. Wipe off sweat. Fungus loves moisture.

    4. Do NOT use facial scrubs or exfoliate your skin. Doing so destroys the skin barrier and allows fungus to invade the pores, and cause acne. Do NOT use BP or anything harsh on your skin.

    D you have dandruff or a white tongue ? Have you taken antibiotics ?

    I am happy to hear back from you.
     

    Standard statement - I have spent over 2,500 hours reading scientific papers about fungal acne and gram negative acne, and I have extensive experience with fungal acne, in particular. I am a scientist (not a biomedical scientist), and I a


  13. People

    Are you SURE the problem is hives. Accutane can (possibly/likely) cause fungal conditions on skin ... You may have a fungal condition caused by taking the accutane.

    Standard statement - I have spent over 2,500 hours reading scientific papers about fungal acne and gram negative acne, and I have extensive experience with fungal acne, in particular. I am a scientist (not a medical doctor). I provide information based on my extensive experience with fungal acne, and some experience with gram negative acne.


  14. Hibiclens can help control fungal acne, but one needs to use topical antifungal creams also - see my earlier post.

    And be careful with using Hibiclens - over time (ie, several months to years) Hibiclens can encourage growth of gram negative bacteria (because Hibiclens kills gram positive bacteria) and gram negative bacteria can cause acne, sometimes in association with fungal acne.

    Standard statement - I have spent over 2,500 hours reading scientific papers about fungal acne and gram negative acne, and I have extensive experience with fungal acne, in particular. I am a scientist (not a medical doctor). I provide information based on my extensive experience with fungal acne, and some experience with gram negative acne.


  15. Educated

    This is most likely fungal "acne". Fungal "acne" itches.

    Fungal acne is CAUSED by taking antibiotics, and some other meds possibly including accutane.

    I suggest you do the following -

    1. Buy clotrimazole topical antifungal cream (often sold as Canesten - no prescription needed) and apply it to the areas with the waxy skin/spots 2-3 times a day. Topical antifungal creams are totally safe. You may need a more targeted antifungal cream, but start with clotrimazole antifungal cream.

    2. Wash your hair in an antidandruff shampoo.

    3. Do NOTapply any moisturisers or organic oils to the areas with the acne/bumps. Keep your skin very dry. Wipe off sweat. Fungus loves moisture.

    4. Do NOT use facial scrubs or exfoliate your skin. Doing so destroys the skin barrier and allows fungus to invade the pores, and cause acne and the bumps. Do NOT use BP or anything harsh on your skin.

    D you have dandruff or a white tongue ? Have you taken antibiotics ?

    I am happy to hear back from you.

    Standard statement - I have spent over 2,500 hours reading scientific papers about fungal acne and gram negative acne, and I have extensive experience with fungal acne, in particular. I am a scientist (not a biomedical scientist), and I a


  16. Educated

    This is most likely fungal "acne". Fungal "acne" itches.

    Fungal acne is CAUSED by taking antibiotics, and some other meds possibly including accutane.

    I suggest you do the following -

    1. Buy clotrimazole topical antifungal cream (often sold as Canesten - no prescription needed) and apply it to the areas with the waxy skin/spots 2-3 times a day. Topical antifungal creams are totally safe. You may need a more targeted antifungal cream, but start with clotrimazole antifungal cream.

    2. Wash your hair in an antidandruff shampoo.

    3. Do NOTapply any moisturisers or organic oils to the areas with the acne/bumps. Keep your skin very dry. Wipe off sweat. Fungus loves moisture.

    4. Do NOT use facial scrubs or exfoliate your skin. Doing so destroys the skin barrier and allows fungus to invade the pores, and cause acne and the bumps. Do NOT use BP or anything harsh on your skin.

    D you have dandruff or a white tongue ? Have you taken antibiotics ?

    I am happy to hear back from you.

    Standard statement - I have spent over 2,500 hours reading scientific papers about fungal acne and gram negative acne, and I have extensive experience with fungal acne, in particular. I am a scientist (not a biomedical scientist), and I a


  17. Clear Skin

    Eat what you like apart from high histamine foods, gluten, dairy foods, processed foods, preservatives and yeast. I don't know why you were following the starvation diet you were following - there was no reason to do so.

    The candida diet is largely a myth.

    Apples can cause stomach problems because of fructose. You can look up the FODMAP diet...

    Standard statement - I have spent over 2,500 hours reading scientific papers about fungal acne and gram negative acne, and I have extensive experience with fungal acne, in particular. I am a scientist (not a medical doctor). I provide information based on my extensive experience with fungal acne, and some experience with gram negative acne.


  18. Awills

    Heat implies that you have a secondary staph infection on top of the (fungal) acne.

    STAPH INFECTIONS ARE VERY DANGEROUS. Is the hot area red ? Take your temperature and go STRAIGHT TO A HOSPITAL IF YOU HAVE A RAISED TEMPERATURE AND OR THE REDNESS SPREADS.

    GO STRAIGHT TO A HOSPITAL IF RED OR YELLOW LINES SPREAD FROM THE HOT AREA.

    Otherwise, put some antibacterial or antibiotic cream (iodine, neosporin etc) on the hot area.

    People carry staph in their nose - one must use extreme hygeine - wash hands etc before  touching areas with broken skin and after blowing one's nose.

    1% clotrimazole cream should be OK.

    Standard statement - I have spent over 2,500 hours reading scientific papers about fungal acne and gram negative acne, and I have extensive experience with fungal acne, in particular. I am a scientist (not a medical doctor). I provide information based on my extensive experience with fungal acne, and some experience with gram negative acne.


  19. Exfoliating and using harsh products on skin can certainly make fungal acne worse because exfoliating etc. removes the natural skin barrier and allows fungus (and bacteria) to invade.

    I am rather shocked at the number of people on this site who are exfoliating their skin without realising they are removing the skin's natural defences against pathogens - fungus and bacteria.

    But again, one MUST know the type of acne one has to treat it (see my post above).

    Standard statement - I have spent over 2,500 hours reading scientific papers about fungal acne and gram negative acne, and I have extensive experience with fungal acne, in particular. I am a scientist (not a medical doctor). I provide information based on my extensive experience with fungal acne, and some experience with gram negative acne.


  20. Ordinary acne is largely caused by too much sebum being produced which is colonised by P. acnes bacteria, which cause inflammation.

    Milk can make ordinary acne worse, probably because of the hormones in it, but most foods do not affect acne. Some foods however (eg, gluten), can cause acne like symptoms because of allergies.

    There is not much, if any mystery around ordinary acne.

    THE mystery is around which type of acne one has - ie, ordinary bacterial acne, ie, P. acnes acne, staph acne, gram negative bacterial acne, fungal acne (candida or malasezzia) or demodex mites (which cause rosacea type symptoms),  acne-like symptoms caused by some medications, or acne-like symptoms caused by allergies or intolerances to food or chemicals.

    Some medications also cause gram negative acne and fungal acne. 

    Sebum is implicated in ordinary acne and in malasezzia fungal acne, but not usually in the other types of acne.

    Itchiness STRONGLY indicates fungal acne (or sometimes gram negative bacterial acne or demodex mites acne).

    The best way to find the cause of acne is to check for the type of acne checking for likely causes (ie, antibiotics and some other meds cause fungal acne and gram negative bacterial acne) and check for related symptoms (eg, dandruff, white tongue indicate fungal acne). The best way to treat the acne is then to apply totally safe topical treatments targeted for the most likely type of acne, as diagnosed from the causes and related symptoms.

    Standard statement - I have spent over 2,500 hours reading scientific papers about fungal acne and gram negative acne and demodex mites acne, and I have extensive experience with fungal acne, in particular. I am a scientist (not a medical doctor). I provide information based on my extensive experience with fungal acne, and some experience with gram negative acne.

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