Tinea versicolor is a common fungal infection of the skin. The fungus interferes with the normal pigmentation of the skin, resulting in small, discolored patches. These patches may be lighter or darker in color than the surrounding skin and most commonly affect the trunk and shoulders.
What triggers tinea versicolor?
An accumulation of Malassezia, a yeast that is a part of your skin’s natural flora triggers tinea versicolor.
How long does it take for tinea versicolor to go away?
You might be able to correct your skin’s fungal imbalance quickly with topical or oral medications, but it can take six to 12 months for normal skin color to return. It’s common for tinea versicolor to recur even after it has fully healed.