yeast infection on face

Yeast infection on face: causes, treatment & natural home remedies

Yeast infection on face

Yeast infection on face is a fungal infection caused by yeast-like fungi called candida. Common yeast infection on face symptoms include white or red itchy yeast rash on the face, white patches, in some cases with acne, skin breakouts and white or red bumps on the face.

What makes yeast infection on face different than other fungal and skin conditions that affect the face, is that the source of the infection is usually a systemic candida and yeast overgrowth in the body. In other words, the yeast infection on face is only one symptom of a much larger problem of excess yeast overgrowth in the body. This leads to many mistakes in the yeast infection on face treatment, where the yeast infection is treated using topical creams, without considering the root cause of the candida overgrowth in the body.
As a result, the yeast infection on face keeps coming back and continues to spread. In many cases new symptoms appear as the untreated systemic candida overgrowth infection evolves.

In this experts guide, you will learn what causes yeast infection on face and how do you treat yeast infection on skin properly. Our experts cover the most effective and safe natural treatment options that have a long and safe traditional use along with solid published human studies, including yeast infection on face home remedies.
So you get the most benefits out of these proven methods and avoid common critical mistakes that can irritate and even damage your (already irritated) face and skin.

Yeast infection on face and skin is also known as cutaneous candidiasis.

What causes yeast infection on face?

Yeast infection on face is caused by the overgrowth of yeast-like fungi called candida. As you can see from the table below, yeast infection on face can be caused by a local yeast imbalance on the face, or due to a systemic candida yeast overgrowth in the body:

Yeast Infection Symptoms Potential Cause Treatment
Yeast infection on face.
No other symptoms or areas are affected.
Local issue: yeast imbalance on face. Antifungal creams.
Yeast infection on face.
Other yeast infection symptoms may be present.
Systemic candida overgrowth. Candida overgrowth treatment.
Antifungal creams.
  • Systemic candida overgrowth in the body.   Most common cause.
    In this case, there are usually multiple yeast and candida infection symptoms present in the body in addition to the yeast infection on face. Systemic candida overgrowth issues are very common and known to cause many yeast infections symptoms all over the body.
  • Local issue: yeast imbalance on face.
    Sometimes, there is a local problem of yeast imbalance on skin that led to the yeast infection on face. These cases however, where only the face is affected by a yeast infection are not very common. Local yeast infection on face issues may occur as a result of other skin conditions, or skin care products that disrupt the natural environment of the face causing an imbalance on the face. Candida yeast as an opportunistic organism takes advantage of the compromised skin environment and overgrow. So you end up with yeast infection on your face.

Yeast infection on face due to candida overgrowth

When the yeast infection on face is caused by a systemic candida overgrowth in the body, there are usually other signs of the yeast infection in addition to the facial yeast rash. In other words, the yeast infection on the face is one symptom of a larger problem of yeast overgrowth in the body. This is very common.

Common candida overgrowth symptoms may include external signs causing infections of the skin, nails, toenails, feet, mouth, tongue and genitals, as well as internal symptoms causing digestive issues, mood swings, brain fog, muscle and joint pain and breathing or sinus infections.

Common causes of candida overgrowth are antibiotics use or medication, diet high in sugars or processed foods, a weakened immune system and chronic stress. In other cases, there are less obvious causes such as food allergies you may not be aware of, heavy metal toxicity, chronic constipation and others.

Yeast imbalance on face

Sometimes, a local issue on the face occurs, causing yeast imbalance on the face.
Candida yeasts normally reside in the intestinal tract, skin and other areas in the body without causing infections or any issues (1).

Candida yeast however,  is an opportunistic microorganism that is well known to take advantage of the compromised environment. When a local issue on the skin disrupt the natural environment of the skin, candida yeast can start to overgrow and cause various yeast infections on skin (2).

Common causes of a local yeast imbalance on face may include:

  • Other skin conditions.
  • Excessive sweating on the face.
  • Poor facial hygiene.
  • Aggressive facial routine that irritates the face.
  • Skin care facial products that disrupt the natural environment of the skin.

Pay close attention to your facial care routine, and the skin care products you use. Many moisturizers, creams, facial washes, toners and makeup contain chemicals and harsh ingredients that can aggravate the yeast infection on your face. In some cases, they may even be the cause of the infection.

Yeast infection on face treatment

When it comes to fungus on face and yeast infection on face treatment, it is always best to consult your doctor. Fungal infection on face and yeast infection on face can be caused by many different reasons and as such, the needed treatment can be completely different.

Since yeast infection on face treatment depends on the cause of the infection, the first step of the treatment is to identify the cause of the yeast infection on face:

Local yeast infection on face due to imbalance: treatment

Local yeast infection on face treatment typically includes the following steps:

  1. Find the cause of the yeast infection on face. Avoid the reason that causes the yeast imbalance on skin if possible.
  2. Antifungal creams are used to relieve the discomforts of the yeast infection on face and balance the yeast infection on the face.

Antifungal yeast infection creams

Using antifungal yeast infection creams to treat the yeast infection on skin is very common, either as over the counter, prescriptions or natural. According to the medical literature, using antifungal cream for yeast infection on skin and addressing the causes and risk factors of the infection are usually the first recommended steps. Oral antifungals and yeast infection medication are used in cases where the antifungal cream treatment didn’t help the yeast infection on skin (3).

Yeast infection on face home remedies

Natural yeast infection on face home remedies are preferred by many people who wish to avoid taking yeast infection medicine, antifungal drugs or other synthetic antifungal creams. Some skin yeast infection remedies can actually be very helpful for fungal skin infection and yeast infection on face and skin. Something to consider before taking synthetic antifungal creams.

yeast infection on facePerhaps one of the best natural yeast infection cream that is also backed up by science is ozonated olive oil (4).
Ozonated olive oil is olive oil that had ozone added into it. Unlike many antifungal creams that can cause more irritation and burning when used topically for candida and yeast infections, Ozonated olive oil has a unique ability to reduce candida and yeast growth (4) on one hand, while helping to soothe skin irritation and accelerate wound healing at the same time (5).

This unique ability that was demonstrated in many human studies makes Ozonated olive oil a preferred natural ingredient in many home remedies for candida and yeast infections including yeast infection on skin, oral thrush, vaginal yeast infections and male yeast infections.

To use ozonated olive oil for yeast infection on face:

  1. Wash your hands with water and soap before applying the cream.
  2. Warm 1 teaspoon of ozonated olive oil until it turns into a cream consistency.
  3. Do not heat the oil. Placing it in room temperature for a few minutes or holding it in your hands should be enough.
  4. Carefully wash your face with warm water and a gentle face wash. Make sure the face wash you use doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or other ingredients that can irritate your face.
  5. Dry your face gently using a clean towel.
  6. Apply a thin layer of ozonated olive oil on a small area of your face that is not affected by the yeast infection.
  7. Wait for 24 hours.
  8. If no irritation occurs, apply a thin layer on the affected areas.
  9. Continue with this protocol for up to 14 days.

Important notes:

  1. The area must be completely dry before applying the cream.
  2. Make sure to put the cream during times that you do not sweat, where the area can get proper ventilation.

Candida and yeast infection on face symptoms

Candida and yeast infection on face symptoms typically include yeast rash on face also known as candida face rash.  Yeast infection can cause a rash on your face that may spread to your face from other areas in your body as well. Yeast on face may include white or red itchy yeast rash on the face, white patches, in some cases with acne, skin breakouts and white or red bumps on the face.

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Yeast infection on face: references

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Candidiasis (1).
  2. Raz-Pasteur A, Ullmann Y, Berdicevsky I. The Pathogenesis of Candida Infections in a Human Skin Model: Scanning Electron Microscope Observations. ISRN Dermatology. 2011;2011:150642 (2).
  3. Use of topical antifungal agents (3).
  4. Comparing the effect of ozonized olive oil with clotrimazole on three Candida species C. albiacans, C. glabrata, C. krusei (4).
  5. Kim HS, Noh SU, Han YW, et al. Therapeutic Effects of Topical Application of Ozone on Acute Cutaneous Wound Healing. Journal of Korean Medical Science. 2009;24(3):368-374. (5).