Blemishes or rashes on your face can be uncomfortable and concerning. If you think a rash on your face may be due to a yeast infection, the good news is that your condition is very treatable.
Both home remedies and prescriptions will treat a yeast infection on your face. Be sure to consult a doctor for diagnosis before treating at home.
A yeast infection is caused by an imbalance of Candida albicans, a type of fungus that typically lives in moist areas of your body such as your genitals, mouth, and skin. It’s called a yeast infection because Candida is a type of yeast. Yeast infections on the skin are called cutaneous candidiasis.
Yeast infections on your face are caused by an overgrowth of Candida in your body. In most cases, a yeast infection on your face is accompanied by yeast infections throughout your body. However, local yeast infections can occur when an imbalance affects only one area of your body, including your face.
Common causes of a yeast imbalance on your face include:
- lack of hygiene
- excessive sweating
- licking around your mouth
- harsh facial products
- rough scrubbing
- facial tissue irritation
Yeast infections usually present as a red skin rash. This rash can sometimes appear with bumps or pustules. If the rash is centrally located around your mouth, you may have a condition called oral thrush, which is a yeast infection of the mouth.
The rash can also be accompanied with the following:
A yeast infection can be effectively diagnosed by your doctor by a yeast test. A yeast test is done by scraping some of the skin from your rash. They’ll then look at the cells under a microscope. If they can’t determine the cause of your rash, they’ll order a culture test to be done which may take days or weeks for a result.
You should always be careful when treating facial rashes or skin conditions as the skin on your face is sensitive. You could experience reactions to medications or treatments that you apply to your face even if you don’t have a reaction on other parts of your body.
Common medical treatments for yeast infections include:
- antifungal cream, often with clotrimazole as the active ingredient
- antifungal lotion, often with tolnaftate as the active ingredient
- oral antifungals, often with fluconazole as the active ingredient
- corticosteroid cream, such as hydrocortisone
Be sure to use steroid creams in combination with an antifungal — not alone — to treat a yeast infection.
Preventing future yeast infections may be as simple as implementing a better facial care regimen. If your yeast infection coincides with using a new facial product, you should stop using it to be safe.
If you’d rather treat your yeast infection at home, there are a number of natural home remedies that may give you relief from your symptoms.
- Coconut oil. Coconut oil has many healing attributes and has been known to provide relief for various skin conditions. It will also hydrate your skin.
- Tea tree oil. Tea tree oil can be applied directly to your face or added to a lotion to provide relief against facial yeast infection.
- Ozonated olive oil. Olive oil has antifungal capabilities that can soothe your yeast infection as well as smooth your skin.
Yeast infections on your face are easily treatable by way of home treatment or prescription antifungal medication. Topical over-the-counter antifungals may also work to provide relief from yeast infections on the face and skin.
Be sure to consult your doctor if your yeast infection worsens, spreads, or is causing extreme discomfort.