Tinea Versicolor

What is tinea versicolor?

Tinea versicolor is a common fungal skin infection characterized by lighter or darker patches on the skin.

  • Patches are most often found on the chest or back and prevent the skin from tanning evenly.
  • It occurs mostly in adolescence and early adulthood, but it can occur at any time.
  • Patches may scale slightly but rarely itch or hurt.
  • Treatment usually includes the use of dandruff shampoo on the skin.
  • Tinea versicolor usually recurs, requiring additional treatments.