Molly-Mae Hague on skin condition that's impacted her self-confidence

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Former Love Islander Molly-Mae Hague took to Instagram today to open up about her self-confidence being impacted by the return of a skin condition she previously spent a year trying to get rid of.

Speaking to her 6.3 million followers on the social media platform, the reality TV star turned businesswoman shared a photo of her arm, which has visible patches of skin pigmentation. "I actually can't believe I've woken up this morning to my pigmentation having come back," she said in her post. "It took me a whole year to get rid of this last time, I didn't get my arms out because I was so self-concious."

She went on: "I actually can't believe it's come back. No idea what could've caused it." Explaining what the skin condition is, Molly-Mae added, "I think the actual term for this is 'tinea versicolour'."

According to the NHS tinea versicolor – also known as pityriasis versicolor – is a common fungal skin infection. The condition causes patches of skin to change colour, and this can look different depending on your skin. "On white skin, the patches are usually pink, red or pale brown. You may notice the patches do not tan in the sun," the NHS explains. "On brown or black skin, the patches tend to be paler than the surrounding skin."

Photo credit: Molly-Mae Hague - Instagram
Photo credit: Molly-Mae Hague - Instagram

As for what the condition does to the skin, the NHS notes that pityriasis versicolor patches are "flat and round and can join up to form large areas" and that "they may look scaly and can sometimes be itchy." Due to the symptoms associated with pityriasis versicolor, it is sometimes mistaken for similar conditions, including psoriasis and vitiligo.

What causes pityriasis versicolor?

"Pityriasis versicolor is caused by a type of fungus that lives on the skin," the NHS says on its website. "Most people have this fungus on their skin without it causing any problems. But sometimes it can grow and spread more than usual, causing pityriasis versicolor. It’s not always clear why this happens."

Despite the visibility of the condition, it's worth noting that pityriasis versicolor isn't related to bodily hygeine and that most people who have it are otherwise healthy. Pityriasis versicolor cannot spread from person to person, either.

How is pityriasis versicolor treated?

If you think you might be dealing with pityriasis versicolor, be sure to make an appointment with your GP as they can provide treatments – such as an antifungal wash, antifungal cream or antifungal tablets – to help clear up the infection.

"It can take a few months for the skin to return to its usual colour after treatment," the NHS points out, and you may need longer-term antifungal treatment if the patches come back.

This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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