Tinea faciei: causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

Tinea faciei is a dermatophyte infection on the face.


This disease is often caused by epidermophytom floccosum, trichophyton mentagrophytes, and trichophyton rubrum.

Signs and Symptoms

The clinical manifestations of tinea faciei are mainly sharply demarcated, annular or semi-annular erythema, with papules, papulovesicles, and scales, with obvious pruritus.

Figure 1 tinea faciei on the cheek

Figure 2 tinea faciei on the forehead


On the clinical findings and positive mycological examination, the disease can be diagnosed. If needed, KOH examination can be considered.


Topical medications include resorcinol cream, econazole cream, clotrimazole cream, miconazole cream, bifonazole cream, ketoconazole cream, sertaconazole cream, butenafine cream, and terbinafine cream.

Systemic medications are mainly fluconazole, itraconazole, and terbinafine.