has been going to surf camp every day and I noticed that
many of these kids have white blotches on their face -
so... I did some research and found that this skin infection (or
fungus) is a parasite contracted not only from swimming in the
ocean but also from the sand and will spread onto clothing,
wetsuits, towel, etc . .
Here is one article that I thought I would share:
What is tinea versicolor? What are
symptoms of tinea versicolor?
Tinea versicolor is a common fungal infection that
often affects adolescents and young adults. The term versicolor
refers to the fact that it causes the affected skin to change
color and become either lighter or darker than surrounding skin.
The most common areas it affects are the shoulders, back, and
chest. At times, it can affect folds of skin, such as the crook
of the arm, the skin under the breasts, or the groin. The face
is usually spared, although sometimes children can get it there.
There may be just a few spots or so many that it gives the
appearance that the affected skin is normal while the unaffected
skin around it seems to have a problem.
What causes tinea versicolor?
Tinea versicolor is caused by a yeast called Malassezia
furfur that lives in the skin of most adults. This exists in two
forms, one of which causes visible spots. Factors that can cause
the fungus to become more visible include high humidity and
immune or hormone abnormalities. However, almost all people with
this very common condition are perfectly healthy.
Because the tinea versicolor fungus is part of the
normal adult skin, this condition is not contagious. It often
recurs after treatment, but usually not right away, so that
treatment needs to be repeated only every year or two.
Tinea versicolor patches that are brown or
reddish-brown go right away after treatment. When this condition
produces spots that are lighter than the surrounding skin, it
may take several months for overall color to even out. It always
eventually does. Tinea versicolor does not leave permanent skin
I spoke with my health care professional and found that
using an antibiotic soap to treat the top layer of the skin is
NOT enough. This parasite will travel down through the layers
(we have seven) and hide out until you have stopped the
treatment, only to re-appear.
Using a series of an anti-fungal soap along with an
internal bacterial buster, immune boosters and even black tea,
which contains tannin (a bitter herb with anti septic and
anti-fungal properties) all necessary to get rid of T.V., once
and for all.
CITRICIDAL makes a soap and capsules that are taken
internally to kill the bacteria from within. (found at most
The article above says it is not contagious, but I have
heard otherwise. Make sure that all clothing and beach towels
are thoroughly washed with hot water and dried fully. Leaving
those towels out to dry overnight in possible moist air- is a no
Written by Monika Peters
Research found at the following: wikipedia.org, mayoclinic.com,
Gerson Esthetician text
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