Mold Grows on Skin?
Why not? Skin is made of biodegradable material just like couches, carpet, or sheet rock – so why would skin be immune to mold growth? However, mold growth on skin is considerably more dangerous than dealing with mold contamination on last night’s dinner or on your shower tiles.
Causes of Mold on Skin
There are a variety of things which can cause mold to grow on your skin. Treatment varies accordingly. Here are the 3 main causes for mold growth on the skin:
- Excess moisture from humidity or improper drying procedures.
- Diet; too much yeast, etc.
- Skin reaction from infection or other outside source.
Skin Moisture Prevention
Mold needs moisture, warmth, and fuel to reproduce and grow. The human body is an optimal place, as our body temperatures are high, and our skin is made of biodegradable, slightly porous material that mold spores love to attach onto. That leaves moisture! If you aren’t drying immediately and properly, or if the humidity levels are high, and your skin remains moist constantly without being able to dry out, it would only make sense that mold spores would begin to reproduce.
Keeping on top of moisture problems will help prevent fungal growth on your skin. Be sure to keep the humidity levels, especially in your home, low and dry. Be sure after bathing, that all areas especially the warmer places like armpits, are completely dried. Wear loose fitting, breathable clothing that allows excess moisture and perspiration to evaporate.
High Yeast Diets Increase Chances of Mold
Skin is the largest organ of the human body. It also tends to be the last place on your body that shows signs of inner problems. Many of your body’s waste products are secreted out of your skin through sweat glands and pores. Many times, if too many yeast containing products are consumed, there is an over abundance of yeast in the blood, which can result in yeast infections, or in an outbreak of mold on the skin.
If your body is already dealing with a problem, such as an infection, reduced immune system, or other problems, natural defenses are compromised, and mold is more likely to get a foothold on your skin.
Treatment for Mold Growth on the Skin
Depending upon what the causes of mold growth are, there are several treatments. Always start with a small area to make sure you don’t have any adverse reactions, and consult with a doctor for persistent or severe cases.The following treatments are suggestions from different individuals who have attempted to deal with mold growth on the skin.
Disinfect clothing and bedding
Clothing can hold fungus or mold spores, re-introducing them even after you have cleaned your skin. Be sure to wash clothing in hot water after each wearing and also wash bedding as often as possible. If sheets are not being washed daily in hot water, wear clothing over the infected area to prevent re transmitting the fungus each night at bed time. For items that directly touch the infected area, such as socks, soak them in vinegar for 15 minutes before washing.
External Topical Treatments
There are a number of different things that have been suggested for topical use on mold growth or fungal breakouts on the skin. I’ve put together an easy to read list of ideas for semi fast relief :
- Dandruff shampoos
- Athlete’s foot creams
- Daily vinegar baths or apply packs soaked in vinegar water for 15 minutes.
- Daily apply geranium essential oil in an olive oil base.
- Apply a black walnut tincture daily with cotton.
- Yeast infection medication cream like Monostat that can be found at most local drug stores.
- Lavender oil
- Coconut oil
- Selsun Blue
- Tea tree oil
- Wash everyday with extra strength neem soap and an exfoliant.
- Scrub with crushed Bayer aspirin. (salicylic acid kills fungus)
- Apply coptis powder mixed with Pau D’Arco tincture as a paste over the effected area.
- Clay Poultice – Purchase clay in powder form from a local healthfood store, soak in water in a glass container for 2 hours, then apply directly to the skin or in a poultice.
Advice from a Poster on Tribe.com
Treatment needs to be done for at least 4 weeks daily for it to work completely.1. Make a mix of 1/2 witch hazel, 1/4 distilled water, and 1/4 apple cider vinegar. Use this on and around any areas of skin having issues. Apply with fresh cotton swab or cotton balls. DO NOT DOUBLE DIP!!! Meaning if the cotton swab/ball has touched your skin, you do not dip it into this mixture because it will contaminate it with the fungus. Use morning and night after washing face and allow to dry completely before using any other products. 2. Make a sea salt scrub by filling a small glass jar that has a tight closing lid about 1/2 way with sea salt. Pour olive oil on top and let it penetrate (stir a little if you need to), till all the salt is moistened, but not swimming in oil. Use once or twice a week before bed by taking out a bit with your fingertips and rubbing it onto affected areas. Scrub-a-dub-dub, rinse thoroughly with warm water and apply witch hazel/acv astringent. Once again, don’t double dip. If you need more wash and dry your hands thoroughly before getting more from the jar. Keep in mind that: – using products like makeup can reinfect you repeatedly so you might want to lay off makeup during treatment (if you use any) and replace it afterwards – lotion can spread it around so probably a good idea to not do that during treatment either (if you can I would try Rose’s suggestion of coconut oil as a moisturizer during treatment if you need it, extra virgin) – Also throw away any loofahs or scrubbies (sorry :-(), or anything else you use on your body regularly. – For the 4 weeks you undergo treatment you need to use a new, freshly laundered wash cloth. – Also, add acv or white vinegar to everything you launder in hot water, about a cup per load.
In some cases, topical mixtures just will not permanently rid your skin of mold growth. In these cases it is entirely possible that the growth is more than just a “fungal infection on the skin.” Other measures may need to be taken.
- A diet life style change may be the best option.
- Eliminating completely yeast, sugar, and wheat.
- Trying a yeast cleanse while stopping from eating any more yeasts.
- Consuming a Pau D’Arco tincture daily
- Drinking a glass of cranberry juice a day.
Further Recommended Reading :
- Top 3 Things Mold Needs to Grow
- 12 Tips to Prevent Moisture & Mold
- Impact of Mold on Thoughts, Emotions, & Personality
Joslyn from the MoldBlogger team
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