Tinea Versicolor Remedies

| Modified on Feb 04, 2024
Raw Cranberry Juice
Posted by Val (Mississippi USA) on 12/11/2022

I've had tinea versicolor for decades, with little help from dandruff shampoos and such. Drs just treat the itching. I wanted it gone. I used betadine iodine for a while. But the burning was intense.

Found out by accident that raw cranberry juice (no sugar or apple juice added ) stops the spread. Every year for almost 10 years, no outbreak. Just shower well, dry off, then apply to skin at bedtime. Let it dry. Put on PJs so you don't stain the sheets. Shower off in the morning. I do this for 2 or 3 nights each winter (when fresh cranberries are available). The raw cranberry concentrate works the quickest. A little pricey. But worth it.

10 years with only a mild flare up. After 35 years of having it. I even get an even tan in summer. No blotches.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Alex (Greece/Thessaloniki) on 05/11/2020

I used 3% hydrogen peroxide solution for tinea versicolor and it started to subside in four days. Mine was brownish. I scrubbed it first with a luffa sponge in order to get rid of the keratin layer and outer dead cells, so that the solution will reach deeper into the fungus. I used the H2O2 solution once per day for about 12 hours, until the cotton dried. I soaked a small cotton ball with the solution and then put over it two medical tapes forming an X. I applied pressure for 1-2 minutes afterwards. The brownish patches started to become healthy pink in four days and in a week I couldn't see any discolouration.

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.

Posted by Lauren (Buffalo) on 10/20/2020

I have had tinea versicolor for (white hypopigmented patches) for over 10 years (one 2 inch patch on my body). I recently got tired of seeing it spread slowly, and was exasperated with the itch. I went to the health food store and bought every anti-candida remedy and yeast busting topical I could find. I experimented with a lot of biofilm disrupters and yeast killing herbs as well as probiotic yeast strains. These did help for a few hours after I'd take them.

I have never been free of the itch for more than a few days. I tried all of the topicals including sulfur, anti-dandruff, nizoral shampoo and a LOT of essential oils. Cumin essential oil (based on countless hours of research into studies) has a good inhibition rate in the lab for various strains of the yeast that cause tinea. I tried it with MCT oil topically, because you want an oil that doesn't feed the yeast. This was pretty good at cutting the itch and so was betadine, which shouldn't be used for very long. Betadine has been said to cure tinea in studies. It definitely helps, but the itch would always come back. I feel like I needed something internal.

The more I read about root causes the more I explored the idea of feeding the bacteria we already have, vs. getting rid of all of the bacteria. When you have the right amounts of good bacteria they will keep all of the bad bacteria in check. It's always a competition in the gut and on the skin. But I believe the internal fight can make its way to the skin with many routes.

I started reading about the power of inulin fiber and how it increases bifidobacterium and there are many benefits to this. Anyways, I am still experimenting but I have not been itchy for weeks and the only thing I changed, was eating jicama daily (buy it at the grocery store, it's in the root vegetable section, and eating about 1/4 cup -1/2 a day. I eat it plain, or you can add it to smoothies. It's kind of like a light apple texture. Like jerusalem artichoke it is very high in inulin. I can't find the jerusalem artichokes anywhere, so I've been eating the jicama. I also add kefir to my smoothie which I think is a great way to get the prebiotic power of inulin to boost the probiotics and help them take root in the body (but kefir on its own has never been enough). You could try inulin supplement powders, and I am going to look into other prebiotics powders in addition to food. I will update in a few months to see if there are any changes. I am going to be trying ginger topically to see if I can get my pigment to come back. I am sooo excited to be free of the itch for now.

I think of it this way, we all have seeds in the garden (probiotics), but the prebiotics are the fertilizer to make the probiotics blossom like crazy. When you take the anti-candida stuff you're eliminating the good and bad bacteria, but if you don't rebalance with a lot of good, then the bad slowly takes over again. Probiotics alone usually do not take hold very well. We all have good bacteria in the gut, so just feed that!

Anti-Fungal Powder
Posted by Steven (Florida) on 07/05/2020

Same experience for the most part. I've had this plague my entire life (40+ years). I have tried almost everything with no lasting results. This summer has been really rough, I've been working outside sweating like crazy and the TV is rampant. I remembered that I had some anti-fungal foot powder and said heck it. I applied it all over myself with a house duster, would you believe its gone in just a few days? Amazing!

Copper, Environment Change
Posted by S.Andrew (Denver, Co) on 08/20/2018


I first discovered I had Tinea in 2012. I noticed a spot on my neck and also my right bicep. I tried all sorts of things on it, from; Tea Tree Oil, cortisone, doctor prescribed creams. It only proceeded to get worse regardless of what I tried. As the years went on it spread down my arms, all over my chest, up my neck and all over my back. Even down in to my thighs. I felt hopeless.

I was living in Central PA at the time, which is pretty hot and humid during the summer. At night, my skin would crawl and itch. I did my best to eliminate sugar, beer, tobacco, etc. It seemed the worse my Tinea got, the worse I got. I grew hopeless that I would live with this for the rest of my life! I would shower twice a day, change my bed sheets every few days. I did all sorts of things. I would apply it after the shower from head to toe, and then go to bed. It was quite the routine. I even created my own creams with Coconut oil, tea tree oil, oil of oregano, and grapefruit seed extract, which helped the inflammation the best. It helped, but didn't really make a dent.

Of course I noticed when I avoided sugar or the heat and humidity my skin would do better, but overall it was still there and itching.

In my life at the time I had difficulty avoiding alcohol, sugar, carbs, etc. I also struggled with depression and anxiety and understood the connection between the food, and mood. My life seemed like I would get started going in the right direction and then I often just gave up again.

After years of battling the ups and downs with tinea I just learned to live with it. I will say that over the years, I sought out different spiritual practices too. Very few helped practically, I practiced hot power yoga, which if you read a lot of the tinea forums, they tell you it will cause your skin to become inflamed. For me, it did get somewhat inflamed, but it also seemed to recede too. Eventually my yoga practice fell off, my tinea came back just as strong again.

It wasn't until I moved to Colorado in the cooler, dry climate that I noticed less flare ups. Over all, it was less inflamed from the things I ate, like carbs, sugars, or an occasional beer. It's now 2018 and 6 years later, I can say that my tinea is very much receding. In addition to the environmental and climate change, I also started wearing a copper bracelet I purchased at a Meditation Event.

When I was pursuing the items, a bracelet jumped out at me and I felt really drawn to it. I walked around a bit, but eventually came back. I bought the copper bracelet and within a week I noticed a difference in my skin. My skin hadn't flared up at all. Not even much when I had a beer. And as the weeks went on, it continued to recede. Now, about 2 months from when I purchased the bracelet, the red splotches and patches on my chest and back have receded to where they don't even touch anymore. If you look at my chest, what would look like goose bumps are just the Tinea dwindling away in to the pours of my skin. I used to be literally covered on my chest to where you couldn't even tell I had normal skin. My skin was just chronically inflamed and I will say I was lucky in a way. I have olive red skin and once the tinea covered me, it was hard to tell I had it. But if you looked under my forearms where it's pale, it was really blotchy and kinda off putting. But even under my forearms has dissipated to the point you can't see it. Lastly, in addition to the copper bracelet, I have been practicing Kriya Yoga and that has helped my overall well being with anxiety and depression.

While these things may not be supplements or creams, I can say that what I read about Copper Bracelets in Indian culture makes sense to me. That an imbalance of any mineral can cause issues in the nervous system. It seems for me, I was lacking copper and I've been able to absorb it through the skin beneficially. I share this not as a solution for everyone, but as hope that it does get better.

To those out there still looking for an answer after everything they've tried still didn't work. Don't give up. You'll find your solution if you keep searching.

Aloe, Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 06/07/2018

MtM, that makes sense. I was actually suspecting that maybe it was the other stuff you were adding to it, that was really helping. On the other hand, there are SO many reports of Aloe helping so many things that I just wonder why it never helped me, even for a small burn...

Aloe, Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 06/06/2018

Dear Mmsg,

I think what I am the most excited about with the Aloe gel is that it is a very convenient carrier. Carrier oils like coconut, castor and olive are great and have their own healing properties but they are not always convenient. Aloe doesn't leave the skin greasy or clothes messy. It has just proven to be a helpful substance for diluting other things.

~Mama to Many~

Aloe, Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 06/06/2018

Interesting MtM, because for me, Aloe Vera in any form has never done anything noticeable.

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~

Coconut Oil, Oregano Oil
Posted by Melody (Ontario, Canada) on 02/25/2018

Thank you for your post. I have been dealing with tinea for 20 years. Nothing has ever made it go away. Not prescription or over the counter remedies. I tried your suggestion of coconut mixed with oil of oregano, not actually believing that much would change. To my pleasant surprise....My spots are almost completely gone after only 5 days of using the mixture. For the first time ever, I have hope. Thank you for your post!!!!

Castor Oil
Posted by Base (Thailand) on 08/04/2017

It's work for me too, after I try many things many medicine.


Oregano Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Clove Oil
Posted by Yog (Pa) on 04/09/2017

I just had all these items delivered to my house today and it is my first time trying this treatment. Upon my first application, I noticed a slight burning sensation of the skin. But the feeling went away shortly after. During the second application, it was not as bad because I sprayed a little less. I added two drops of clove to the solution, since I thought the initial drop was tiny. I have never handled clove oil before, so I do not know how strong it is. Perhaps the extra touch added to the burning sensation. But overall, the burning is very minor and really doesn't bother me. Also I was confused between oz and fl oz. At first I measured the 3 oz of witch hazel using a 1 oz measuring cup. But after checking the same quantity in a container that measured fluid oz, I found that the quantity of fluid was about 1 fl. oz short. My point being, make sure you measure the witch hazel using fluid oz, otherwise you will not be using enough. If you are interested, this is a list of items I bought off of amazon.

I will keep you guys posted with my results in about a month.


Coconut Oil, Oregano Oil
Posted by Cathy (Halifax, Ns Canada) on 07/18/2016

Tinea versicolor: I made an oil concoction of 1/4 cup of coconut oil and 1/4 tsp of oregano oil. Applied 3x's a day clobbered it like nothing I've ever used, Rx or over the counter.

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.

Oregano Oil, Caprylic Acid
Posted by Siinvincible (Wales) on 05/01/2016

I recently had a recurrent outbreak of Tinea versicolor, after having 'cured' it last year through 3 months of treatment with milk thistle and Pau d'arco. The fact that it came back suggests to me that it didn't actually go away the first time, which also suggests to me that it is a deeper infection than just what you see on the skin's surface. So I explored alternative reasons for why it is there, and came up with a lot of links to the candida albicans infection, finding that a lot of sites would refer to cures for both infections as if they were the same. So with there being a lot of treatment options for Candida, I followed the most reputable guide I could find, which suggested a number of different things that could be taken. I looked deeply into each option, and decided to take oregano oil (therapeutic grade organic wild oregano essential oil) and caprylic acid.

After just three days of taking 6 drops oregano oil in water twice a day (it's strong stuff, mind... I started on the first day with just three drops in water twice a day), and one 500mg caprylic acid capsule twice a day (before meals), I started noticing a major improvement. Now a week in, I'm feeling much better and the infection is gradually disappearing on my skin.

Castor Oil
Posted by Ciara (San Francisco) on 12/28/2015

Hi Brian, I was wondering if your wife's spots were darker or lighter? I know that castor oil is great for dark spots, but my tinea is lighter than my skin. I just wanted to make sure it would work for light spots.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Yogesh Gandhi (India) on 12/01/2015


I consulted 4 doctors and each one of them diagnozed it to be a different disease. I tried to match the appearance of the affected area with the pics available on google. Unfortunately they look so similar that I was convinced that it was Tinea.

Here are the list of diseases that my doctors diagnosed.

1) Allegric dermatitis

2) Intertrigo?

3) Tinea

4) Irritant dermatitis.

While I was seeing improvement with coconut oil, but the speed was slow and I couldn't tolerate the problem. The last doctor told me that its not tinea because tinea never goes to your genitals.

And he prescribed me steroids for a week. I was hesitant in taking steroids along with anti-allergic medicines, but took a single dose of it to see its effects. I just took 5 hours for me to feel much better. I decided to take 4 more doses and then gradually reduce the steroids.

My skin is back to normal with no inflammation, but itching is still there.

Make sure your disease is properly diagnosed, what else can I suggest.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Yogesh Gandhi (India) on 11/26/2015

When I first used it it looks as if it is improving.

I've been using it for last 6 days.

And condition was very well improving but today I thought of keeping my skin dry so I decided not to put coconut oil on it and I had put clotrimazole powder on it in the morning and after that my skin felt like dry and itchy and it made me scratch my skin a bit more then I would have scared if I used coconut oil .

I remember I had use the coconut oil today only once which are usually used for 3 times a day. And then I had to travel coming back from office and while on the way it was slightly hot due to which I sweat and the problem took a U turn

I consulted my doctor and he told me to stop ketoconazole 200 mg from now onwards and start Fluconazole 50 mg daily for 50 days

He also told me to apply another cream having tacrolimus

I am very disappointed with my condition and don't want to live.

I start using castor oil and coconut oil again and I hope things will be things will be good again

Thank you guys I don't have much more to write as of now.

Pray for me

Castor Oil
Posted by Yogesh Gandhi (India) on 11/26/2015

I don't know if the user rating I have selected is matching with the results I got. At one part, it has been almost 95% cured...even the spots are not clearly visible. Skin color is also coming back to normal.

Whereas on the other part it has started expanding. I mean earlier I had it on hips...but now the problem on hips is lessened and probably on the way to cure....but now some part of my back is affected...and it seems that it has started moving upwards..

I am continuing to apply castor oil once or twice a day and coconut oil thrice a day... Will keep you posted if it gets cured...

Also I am planning to see my doctor again...as my the medicine he suggested for ketoconazole for 3 weeks is going to be over...So I need to ask what should I do next.

Castor Oil
Posted by Yogesh Gandhi (India) on 11/22/2015

Earlier I was using coconut oil thrice a day and castor oil once a day... It cured me upto 50% in 4 days....

And then over the weekend, I applied castor oil thrice a day and coconut oil once a day....And my progress was upto 90%... I am amazed to see its results... It is NO LESS THAN MAGIC.

At some parts I can't even see the spots.

I applied it only on the affected area (not on the whole body). You may apply it on the whole body but concentrate more on the affected area.

Over the Counter, Sanitize
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 11/20/2015

I think you are right - ironing is probably hotter!

My grandmother used to iron everything - even underwear and sheets! (It helped things to be softer after hanging out on the line.) So I guess there are multiple benefits.

~Mama to Many~

Coconut Oil
Posted by Yogesh Gandhi (India) on 11/20/2015

I have read the posts on Tinea Versicolor and started applying coconut oil to the affected area. The spots have started fading.

Today is day 3 of me applying coconut oil.

I apply castor oil once in a day and coconut oil 3-4 times in a day...and I can see significant improvement in last 3 days. I will keep you posted on the progress. I am quite hopeful that I will be OK.

Note: I have not stopped the medication of ketoconazole 200mg daily which my doctor prescribed. And applying mycospor (bifonazole) as well once a day.

But I have no doubt this improvement is by coconut oil.

Thanks a lot people for posting your results here.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Yogesh Gandhi (India) on 11/20/2015


Do you apply coconut oil only on the affected area or to your whole body (from head to toe)???

Over the Counter, Sanitize
Posted by Yogesh Gandhi (India) on 11/20/2015


You said, wash your clothes in hot water. Won't ironing the clothes help in the same way, because I believe, ironing is much more hot than hot water.

Awaiting your response.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Marlene (Michigan) on 10/09/2015

COLLOIDAL SILVER SOAP is the fastest and best way out of all the home remedies for Tinea Versicolor.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 09/17/2015

Cristina, in my house, coconut oil helps for ANY kind of itching. At least temporarily, if not a complete cure.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Christina (Akron Ohio) on 09/16/2015

Hi I see coconut oil worked great for you and I look forward to using it for my problem. I'm writing bc I'd like to know if this helped with the itching for you. The way the rash looks is off putting enough but honestly the itching is getting to me. I've been dealing with this prob about 10 years and I almost just completely gave up trying to get it under control. I can't wait to start applying coconut oil. I bought a tub of it wholesale the other day to cook and moisturize with (organic virgin). I just discovered today the benefit for the tinea versicolor issue.

Anti-Fungal Powder
Posted by Jennifer (New Jersey) on 09/05/2015

HI! I have tried everything for years as well and now its spreading faster. What is the product called? you didn't mention the name.

Anti-Fungal Powder
Posted by Lorraine (Netherlands) on 08/21/2015

Quantumnerd, tinea versicolor literally means fungus of opposite color.

White spots will occur on tanned skin. Light/untanned skin however, will get dark spots.

Did you google it yet? I see plenty of pictures where one has dark spots. I myself have white spots on my shoulder and neck, but near my armpits they are darker then the untanned skintone.

Anti-Fungal Powder
Posted by Quantumnerd (Tucson, Arizona) on 08/21/2015

Maybe you should go to a skin doctor? What you describe about the black armpits does not sound like Tinea at all...are you sure it's Tinea? Google Tinea for pictures, because it's white patches. :)

Coconut Oil
Posted by Talos (North Carolina) on 08/17/2015

For a couple years I have had Tinea Versicolor on my chest. It started small and then spread to my stomach and back. About 6 months ago it started spreading down my arms and I began to feel pretty self-conscious.

I had been to your site in the past and found a cure for my daughter's warts (ACV) so I came back looking for something to help with this Tinea Versicolor, but I didn't have much hope.

I read through different remedies and settled on Coconut Oil, as I figured I couldn't go wrong with that. I purchased a bottle of Fractionated Coconut Oil, which is in a liquid form, and began applying it to the affected areas both in the morning and at night.

This is like a miracle. I expected it to take weeks, at best, but within a few days the rash I had been living with for years was virtually gone. Within a week there was no sign it had ever existed. No discolouration, nothing at all.

It's a crime that this isn't a cure that's publicized by medical practitioners. I love your site and greatly appreciate the knowledge you've accumulated and the community you've built. I'm in your debt.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Bl (Nz) on 08/10/2015

I have been a bit dubious about the remedies on this site but now I'm converted. I have had Tinea versicolor for over 10 years, probably closer to 15. I had done the doctors treatments three times only for it to return in six months. My body was covered, I itched a lot and had flakes of skin left on any dark clothing. I have done wheat free diets etc, nothing worked.

Anyway, I tried the coconut oil. I had a shower every morning and would scrap out the hard coconut oil with my finger nails and smother my body with it every morning. It was winter and cold and the coconut oil was solid but melted when I put it on my body. It did this every day for a week and then started to see the spots fade, after two weeks they were completely gone. I've been doing this about six weeks now and will continue to use coconut oil as a moisturiser as it has "cured" my rash.

I say "cured" in quotation marks as I think if I stopped this treatment long enough, the rash would come back eventually, as it is hard to completely eradicate apparently, but hey, I'll just keep using the coconut oil for skin care as my skin is so nice now!

Oregano Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Clove Oil
Posted by Theluxury (British Columbia) on 08/09/2015


Thanks so much for sharing your Oregano Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Clove Oil mixture. I also am using it, added some grapefruit extract, and it seems to be working very well. I can only see a couple very faded spots now... and my case was pretty severe - all over my core, neck, part of face.

An additional step that helped me tackle my tinnea versicolor (TV) in the first week or two of my latest 'break-out' was this: I bought powdered white clay (at the health food store), and mixed about a cup with a small amount of water to form a paste (like a face mask), then I added maybe one to two drops of tea tree oil to the paste (mixing it in very well). I would spread this paste over the TV, and let it dry, then loofa/scrub it off in the shower. This really lessened the TV, and then with the use of your oil mixture, it's almost gone!

Coconut Oil
Posted by Alison (Plymouth, United Kingdom ) on 06/20/2015

I have suffered with a skin condition called pityriasis versicolor, which is a common condition that causes small patches of the skin to become scaly and discoloured. I have suffered with this skin complaint for over 20 years. My doctor has provided anti fungal shampoos which only provide a temporary solution, as the rash develops again, especially when I catch the sun or sweat (gym). I have recently read that coconut oil has anti fungal properties amongst many others beneficial properties. I have been using coconut oil as a face and body moisturiser for the passed couple months and the rash has completely disappeared. Usually if I use any oils on my skin the fungal rash would spread and become itchy. I'm shocked that no natural remedies are recommended as a solution for this skin condition. I'm so glad I do not have to apply all the nasty chemicals to my skin anymore and my skin is left soft and moisturised. I use 100% raw organic coconut oil.

Coconut Oil and Patchouli Essential Oil
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 06/19/2015

Dear Shan,

I would add about 10 drops of Patchouli Essential Oil to each Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. If you are using this on a sensitive skin area, use only 5 drops or less per Tablespoon of Coconut Oil.

~Mama to Many~

Coconut Oil and Patchouli Essential Oil
Posted by Davida (Los Angeles, Ca ) on 06/19/2015

How many drops of each oil did you use?

Aloe, Tea Tree Oil, Eucalyptus Oil
Posted by Justin (Maui) on 05/25/2015

I found this stuff in the local healthfood store on Maui called Haole Rot spray. After trying all the natural remedies above I decided to give it a try. Within 10 days the white spots were gone! Not sure if this stuff is sold online but its called Haole Rot spray because thats the slang term for tinea versicolor in the island.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Majid (London) on 05/06/2015

How long after using coconut oil does the colour of the skin turn back to normal?

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