Yeast infection can affect almost every part of the body, and sometimes it appears on the face. That is particularly frustrating, because on top of all the symptoms of yeast infection, one must cope with embarrassment of having it in plain sight.
Yeast infection on face
A yeast infection is caused by the overgrowth of candida albicans, a fungus that normally lives in the human body. When the fungus multiplies excessively, it results in an infection.
Factors that may lead to yeast infection on the face include harsh cleaning, scrubbing or exfoliation of the skin, cuts, injuries and openings on the skin, birth control pills, chemotherapy, weak immune system, use of antibiotics and more.
Although the symptoms generally vary from one person to another, they usually involve red and raised patches of skin that are rough to touch and may itch, sometimes with yellow or white spots on them. There may also be some yellowish or whitish discharge oozing from the patches.
Remedies for yeast infection on face
Home remedies are often preferred to chemical medications that can be purchased in a drugstore because they are natural, cheap, simple and cause no side effects.
One of the best remedies for all types of yeast infection, not just on the face, is yogurt. Yogurt contains cultures of friendly and beneficial bacteria, which have the role of maintaining the healthy flora in the human body. It can be applied topically, directly on the patches of infection, and it should be consumed orally, as much as possible. It is, however, important to only use natural, unsweetened yogurt, because sugar enhances the growth of the yeast. It is also recommended to drink plenty of water.
Another great natural remedy against yeast infection on the face is oregano oil. This oil contains a compound called carvacrol, known for its antifungal properties.
Crushed garlic cloves are another remedy that can be applied directly to the face. Garlic, of course, should be consumed orally as much as possible too.
Tea tree oil is an oil that can be used to treat a number of skin ailments, and yeast infections on the face are among them. However, this oil must be diluted in a carrier oil before being applied to the skin.
Honey is yet another natural remedy for yeast infections. It can be eaten but it is far more effective to apply it directly to the patches of infection.
Apple cider vinegar is another possible solution for yeast infection on the face. It should be diluted in water and applied on the face using a piece of gauze or a cotton ball.