There are various forms of yeast infection, facial candida being one of them. At least with other forms, though they may be embarrassing they are hidden, with facial candida it is there for everyone to see. It can have a direct negative impact on not just whether you go out or not, but also on your self-esteem and self-confidence.
Who is at risk of facial candida?
Anyone can be affected by any of the forms of yeast infection, facial candida included. They are not just a female problem, and they have no age restriction. Yeast infections tend to occur more often where it is damp and warm. A baby may therefore be likely to suffer from facial candida because of all the chewing, sucking and drooling it does, creating the perfect breeding ground for the fungus. The elderly may also be more prone for similar reasons. The key with these groups is to try and keep them dry and clean as much as possible without over wiping them and causing irritation.
Symptoms of facial candida
There are certain symptoms that are common from case to case, though they can vary slightly. These include;
- Red, raised patches on the cheeks
- White or yellowish spots
- A discharge from some of those white spots
Some main triggers of most forms of yeast infection, facial candida in particular
- Birth control pills
- Hormonal changes
- Prolonged courses of antibiotics
- Harsh scrubbing
- Injuries or cuts to the face
- Diabetes if uncontrolled
- Poor diet
- Over exfoliating
- Weakened immune system
Natural treatments for facial candida
- Oil of Oregano – Carvacrol, the anti-fungal property in this oil is very effective against facial candida.
- Honey – One of the more messy home remedies but the results are what count. Leave it on the face where the infection is for twenty minutes then clean off gently with warm water and pat dry.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – Mix a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (not white vinegar) into a mug of water and wash your face with it. Make sure you dilute this before you put it onto your face.
- Garlic – Fresh garlic can be a very powerful anti-fungal for the treatment of facial candida. Peel and crush the cloves and then use the paste like a cream, be careful if you have any open wounds as it may sting!
- Tea Tree Oil – Mix with water and apply to the facial candida, again do not use undiluted.
- Yogurt – Plain yogurt that is probiotic or cultured contains good bacteria that will help fight the candida. Apply it to the facial candida like a lotion. It will also give you relief from the burning and itching.
Conventional medicated treatment options
If you would rather use medicated treatments rather than natural there are pills or creams you can use for facial candida, either available over the counter from a pharmacy or prescribed from your doctor. Common anti-fungal drugs used against yeast infections include;
- Amphotericin B