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.
I cured my tinea versicolor with a body spray that I made from witch hazel, Oregano Oil, Tea Tree Oil, and Clove Oil.
I use 3 oz. of witch hazel, 10 drops of pure Oregano Oil, 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil, and ONE DROP (no more) of Clove Oil.
I sprayed it all over the effected area twice a day, immediately after showering, and let air dry before I put any clothing on.
Itching ceased after 3 days, and the rash started shrinking and looking less angry in about a week. 6 weeks later it was gone and it's been gone now for about a year.
I still apply the spray every night before bed, just to prevent re-occurrence.
I tried just Tea Tree oil, Tea Tree oil and Oregano oil, and just Clove Oil... None of them worked. It was the combination of all three oils in the witch hazel that worked for me.
My name is Patrick. I'm 43 years old and wanted to post a remedy for tinea Versicolor. I got tinea Versicolor approx. 10 years ago. My doctor sent me to a dermatologist at that time. He recommended I use a product called Versel (selenium sulfide lotion 2.5%). I used it as directed, (shower or bathe, dry well. Apply to infected areas and let dry for 15mins, rinse off with water and repeat every day for 7 to 14 days). Well I tried this a few times, entending the time to 25 days the second time only for it to come back).
Well this past year I thought I would try it again. This time after doing some reading saw that this fungus could actually live in your towel, cotton shirts, etc. what I realized was I was using a fresh towel and shirt every time I did it but never used a high heat or anti-bacterial mode still making sure my towel and shirt that I used every day was put through this process. I know it might be a pain but my results were great. It was completely gone and has not returned. When I did have it it was on my stomach, chest, back and arms. I hope this works for you and it is the one thing I was never told. I wish you luck. Let me know your results. Please note that I used it for 20 days.
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.