Causes of Tinea Versicolor

The fungus that causes the infection is known as Malassezia. Malassezia is a genus of fungi, and the one that’s thought to cause tinea versicolor the most is Malassezia Globosa. The fungus causes a yeast infection which disrupts the normal pigmentation of the skin, resulting in scaly, discolored patches. Malassezia produces an acid which suppresses the production of the natural pigment melanin (the pigment responsible for skin color).

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