Hormonal vs. Fungal Acne: What’s the Difference?

Acne treatment
Acne treatment

Uh oh, there it is again. You wake up, and you’ve broken out in acne overnight. This keeps happening to you, and it’s difficult not to get frustrated. However, it’s important to know that not all acne is the same, and the different types act differently. So let’s take a closer look at the difference between two of the most common types, hormonal and fungal acne. That way, you can better understand your acne and know when an acne treatment is right for you.

Hormonal Acne

Hormonal acne is one of the most common forms of acne and is what’s often thought of when acne comes to mind. Hormonal imbalances cause an overproduction of sebum, a natural oily substance. Sebum build-up can clog your pores and leads to acne. The process of how hormonal acne happens is simple, but figuring out the cause of your hormonal imbalance can be tricky.

This is why it’s so common for teenagers to have acne during puberty. Some other causes could be pregnancy, hormone treatments, birth control, ovulation, menopause, hormone replacement therapy, certain medical conditions, medications, and more. The body is a delicately balanced machine, and it doesn’t take much to rock the boat.

Fungal Acne

Fungal acne is caused by, well, a fungus! Fungal acne, also called pityrosporum folliculitis, actually occurs from yeast build-up in your hair follicles. Fungal acne looks different from hormonal acne. The pimples are often itchy and can burn. They are typically uniform in size, small, and spread over larger areas.

Yeast grows better in hot, sweaty, or moist environments. So it is common to have a mix of fungal and hormonal acne because they can both be caused by excess oil. You may also be predisposed to fungal acne if you have issues with yeast growth.

Seeking Treatment

As mentioned before, hormonal acne and fungal acne both thrive in oily environments. That’s why our team at AesthetiSpa Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center offers HydraFacials to deep clean and rejuvenate your skin. Sometimes your skin needs a helping hand, and that’s what our staff can help you with. Your skin deserves a break, and our staff can help suggest and perform different popular acne treatments that help you stay acne-free longer. So don’t wait – Contact AesthetiSpa Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center at 843-849-9925 today.

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