My skin infection began at a young age, between 10 and 13 years old. My back was always itchy and irritated, and one day my mum noticed that I had patches of lighter looking skin. After some time, I was taken to a doctor who diagnosed these irregular pigments of skin on my back as Tinea versicolor. This is a fungal infection caused by a type of yeast that lives on the skin naturally. The rash on my back, seen as patches of discolored skin, was a result of this yeast growing out of control.
At first, I was uncomfortable in my skin. I was prescribed a cream and told to only wear clothes that were made out of 100% cotton. Though the cream worked, the infection was resilient and kept coming back. During the summer, I felt insecure wearing bathing suits, tank tops and anything else that would show even a little bit of my back.
After some time, I became used to my condition and was less conscious about what I wore. As I got older, I started experimenting with natural products like baking powder and charcoal on my skin. These products were very effective. They worked quickly and made my skin rash less noticeable. Despite these results, I am still searching for a product that will get rid of my rash completely.
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Photography: Kirubel Mehari
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