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Old 09-04-2002, 06:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Don Smith
Master Tantalker Posted: 5/10/02 4:44a

The fungus infection Tinea versicolor (a.k.a. "Sun Spots") is caused by a yeast produced by our oil glands.


Chemicals produced by Tinea versicolor "inhibit" the tanning reaction which causes the "white spots" in the afflicted areas.

Even though the Tinea versicolor infection is there, you can't see it until the surrounding skin gets tan! (The only "symptom" some people have is a "rash" that may or may not "itch" where the fungus is growing.)

Thus, UVR is NOT the cause of Tinea versicolor, a.k.a. "Sun Spots", a.k.a. "white spots"; rather, the development of the tan MAKES IT POSSIBLE to see the Tinea versicolor infection.

[Note: How many times have you had a client say that their "white spots" were "getting worse" as they tan? Well, folks, their "white spots" weren't "getting worse" the surrounding skin was "getting darker" so that the "white spots" are easier to see!

Tanning beds, booths, etc (UVR) DO NOT CAUSE Tinea versicolor; however, the "effect" of the tanning "process" eventually makes the infection visible.


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Old 09-04-2002, 06:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Posted: 5/10/02 7:19p

When my daughter had this on her face, the dermatologist told her to use the same Lamasil you use for athletes foot, he said it would work better and/or the same as a prescription and is a lot less expensive.

It was gone quickly, and I've since had 2 pharmacist/clients tell me they've known about this form of treatment for a while.

Salacylic acid is found in some of the treatments and is also found in some astringents.

We have also seen an increase of this problem over the years with the use of tingle lotions on the face. One probably has nothing to do with the other however, Don?


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Posted: 5/10/02 7:31p


The so-called "tingle" lotions are vasodilators and the only possible relationship that I can think of is that perhaps they could irritate the Tinea versicolor infection and make it itch.


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your probably wondering why I am bringing this up to the top of the board..
The question was asked about white spots and this is a topic we covered awhile ago.. The thread took off on a scramble between Chipp and the guests.. so I wanted to spare ya'll of the non factual stuff and get going on with the good stuff..

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