Tinea versicolor is a type of infection that appears as a tissue-thin coating of fungus on your skin. The infection causes patches of discolored skin that may be:

  • Colored white, pink, tan or dark brown
  • Slow-growing, scaly and mildly itchy
  • More noticeable after sun exposure
  • Located on the back, chest, neck and upper arms

When to see a doctor

See your doctor if:

  • Your skin doesn't improve with self-care measures
  • The fungal infection returns
  • The patches cover large areas of your body
May. 02, 2012

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