What is it
Pityriasis versicolor is caused by the excessive growth of a yeast fungus that is a saprophyte of human skin: Pityrosporum orbiculare or ovale.
This particular yeast lives in the hair follicles of the majority of adults without causing any problems but, in some cases, it grows excessively outside the hair follicle and colonises vast areas of the skin, especially on the trunk.
When this happens, it is possible to see roundish patches that may be isolated or merge in large blotches whose colour may vary from light brown to pink or red (the origin of the name “versicolor”).
These patches represent the fungal colonies growing on the skin, and can be recognised because they cause the skin to flake.
The flaking caused by the fungus turns the patch white – a contrast that can be clearly seen on tanned skin.
What to do
The yeast that causes Pityriasis versicolor, Pityrosporum orbiculare or ovale, is very sensitive to sulfur and salicylic acid, and so it is sufficient to apply 2S CREAM all over the involved area every evening for a week in order to weaken the mycosis.
Unfortunately, the white patches that have been formed will remain until the skin is once again exposed to the sun or until an existing tan has disappeared.
In predisposed subjects, Pityriasis versicolor tends to relapse continuously and often for many years and so, in order to keep it away after the one-week treatment, it is necessary to remember to reapply 2S CREAM one evening every fortnight (twice a month) and to use CLEANSING CREAM to wash the your body. CLEANSING CREAM does not affect the skin’s natural defences.