the fungus lives, there will be a lack of pigmentation, which
is why this becomes more noticeable if your skin tends to tan
during the summer.
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The experts agree that tinea versicolor most often causes white
or light spots on the skin, but according to the
AAD the spots can also be pink, salmon, red, tan, or brown.
It all depends on the individual, because everyone’s skin is
different. Tinea versicolor
affects people of all different races and skin tones,
although it tends to be more visible on darker skin tones.
If the fungus isn’t treated, the spots will increase in size
and spread, connecting into larger patches of white or pink
pigment-less skin, says Janniger. But don’t panic — regardless
of the size of the rash, the infection is still harmless.
“Tinea versicolor isn’t contagious at all and people don’t need
to worry,” says Bowe. “It’s more of a cosmetic issue that
people fix for aesthetic reasons, because it can take months or
even years for it to go away on its own,” says Bowe.
It usually goes away during the winter when it’s cold and dry.
But if you live in a place that’s warm year-round, the fungus
can be more of a persistent problem.