Cutaneous candidiasis and other forms of candidiasis are infections of the skin caused by the yeast. It’s a fairly common infection that can happen on the skin on any part of the body but the fungus tends to favour warm, creased areas such as the armpits and the groin.

Cutaneous candidiasis can be contagious so should be treated in isolation.

Cutaneous candidiasis signs and symptoms:

Cutaneous candidiasis are rashes that are either white or red. They feel moist to the touch can begin to peel, which may become painful and irritating.

They may also be hot to the touch and itchy which will eventually make the skin crack and become sore.

Lifestyle tips:
The yeast which causes cutaneous candidiasis lives on the skin in small numbers so it can’t be eradicated completely. Regulating certain factors in your lifestyle can help reduce the chance of it appearing.

As the yeast thrives in warm and moist conditions wearing tight clothing can create the perfect environment for it to spread. Instead, wear fabrics like linen or cotton that allow the skin to breathe.

Warm weather can also be a contributing factor as our bodies sweat more in the summer time. Take regular cool showers and wash thoroughly in areas where the skin creases during the warmer months to prevent cutaneous candidiasis from flaring up. 

Diet tips:

Those who regularly suffer from cutaneous candidiasis need to aware of what medication they’re taking. 

Some types of antibiotics can kill the flora which regulates the spread of cutaneous candidiasis yeast. Steroids can also cause rashes to become itchy and spread to other parts of the body if they’re scratched.

It’s important for cutaneous candidiasis sufferers to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day. Poor blood sugar control can contribute to candida infections so maintaining your blood sugar levels can help. Depending on your current levels, this could mean reducing the amount of sugar in your diet.

Akoma recommends:
As cutaneous candidiasis is a yeast infection, it’s important to use products that are free from colourants or artificial preservatives which can dry out the skin and worsen the condition. 

To keep clean and fresh, Akoma Black Soap is a natural antibacterial product that reduces inflammation of the skin. It’s made from raw shea butter, organic virgin coconut oil and cocoa pods that gently treat infections.

Black soap is also rich in antioxidants that improve the general health of your skin, helping it to fight off infections in future.

We also recommend using Akoma Grapefruit Seed Oil because of its antifungal properties. Grapefruit seed oil is a powerful natural antiseptic that treats wounds and helps them to heal quickly. It’s used around the world to treat yeast infections like cutaneous candidiasis.