Tinea Versicolor - Editor's Choice

Over the years, Earth Clinic readers have sent us many reports about their treatments for Tinea Versicolor. The editors at Earth Clinic consider the below posts to be some of the most helpful and informative and have named them 'Editor's Choice'. We hope that you will find this useful.

Oregano Oil

Posted by Dayna T (Houston, TX) on 04/28/2020

My tinea veriscolor rash appeared after the birth of my son. I was so busy looking after him that I left it alone for a couple years. When I finally decided to tackle it, it was very concentrated under my bra line. I'm currently in Houston, a warm and humid climate and the rash was thriving. My first treatments were tea tree oil, coconut oil and ACV for a few weeks. No result. I then tried an OTC antifungal (picked up overseas). No result.

After another year of dabbling on and off, I grew tired of dealing with it, especially since it spread to my back. I applied straight oregano oil from Greece. It burned (FIRE) for a few minutes, but by the next day it was GONE. I decided to reapply for another couple days to be sure. The next applications were mixed with coconut oil. It's been a week and it's still gone.

Aloe, Tea Tree Oil

Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 06/05/2018

My husband has had tinea versicolor on his upper back for many, many years. When it gets itchy and bothers him he buys an OTC antifungal which works temporarily.

I have tried a number of natural things for him but they are usually oil based and will get on clothing. Plus natural remedies often take longer to get results, so he has not followed through with these.

I recently purchased some aloe gel in a bottle with a pump. So I decided to try some aloe gel and tea tree oil on his tinea versicolor. I would pump out 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of aloe gel and drop 2-3 drops of tea tree oil onto the little bit of aloe and apply this to his back once or twice a day.

We have both been delighted and surprised with how well it worked - better than the OTC stuff without leaving the skin greasy. Such a cheap option and better for the skin than an OTC antifungal.

I have also been using that aloe gel after applying magnesium oil to avoid the itch from the magnesium oil.

I had bought the aloe gel when we were on a family trip and I was wanting to be prepared for any sunburn. I did use it on one child who did get a bit of a burn in an area that he had not put sunscreen on and it worked.

Where has aloe in a pump bottle been all my life? In just 2 weeks I have found 3 uses for it!

~Mama to Many~

Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted by Steve (Virginia) on 05/16/2016

Apple Cider Vinegar worked and it was actually the easiest. I suffered with Tinea Veriscolor for 30 years, I tried almost everything to cure it but nothing worked other than calming it down. Simply get a good spray bottle and fill it up with ACV undiluted. Then simply have someone spray the entire affected area and rub it in a little for maximum coverage. Mine was on my underarms and back so I had my wife spray my entire torso down. Then I sat down on a towel, air dried and then went to bed. I didn't shower until the next morning.

Mine was gone after 3-4 applications.

Castor Oil

Posted by Ravencurls (Deerfield Beach, Fl) on 07/09/2013

About 2 weeks ago I learned that Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is antibacterial and antifungal. I put a few ounces of a very good brand of organic, raw, unfiltered ACV undiluted into a small bottle and added a few drops of lavender oil to improve the fragrance. For about 2 weeks, about 2-3 times a day, I used a cotton disk to swab the affected areas with the ACV/lavender solution. I also kept my back as clean and dry as possible, and changed my sheets more often. The splotches started fading. But if the hot Florida sun made me perspire for a while, the splotches came back in full color again.

Coincidentally, over the last week I had been studying everything I could about castor oil packs and castor oil rubs. I got a bottle of cold-pressed, cold-processed castor oil from Whole Foods. One health practitioner on Youtube recommended doing a castor oil rub anywhere the body seems to be in need of support.He also said in another video that skin-fungal infections stem from gut problems. "As the root to the rose, so the bowel to the skin, " he said.

For the past 3 nights, I've massaged the castor oil all over my back, as well as in the front over my liver-spleen-gut area and slept in cotton pajamas. And each morning I was amazed that the splotches had faded significantly.

By Day 3, the splotches are almost completely gone! There are faint ghosts of a few of them, but I think that with one or two more nights of castor oil treatment, they will be completely gone! I can soon start wearing low-backed dresses and swimsuits again!