Tinea versicolor is is a superficial fungal infection. It is generally termed as harmless but can be annoying. Tinea appears as areas of scaly, discolored skin that tend to be more noticeable after exposure to the sun. The patches of discoloration can be white, pink, tan or dark brown. Generally, these infections are treated with applications of non-prescription antifungal lotions, creams, gels or shampoos.

We will explore popular natural cures to treat tinea versicolor. Basic ingradient of these natural remedies is listed below:
1. Aloe Vera to cure tinea versicolor
2. Yogurt - home remedy for tinea versicolor
3. Baking Soda - home remedy for tinea versicolor
4. Neem and neem oil to cure tinea versicolor
5. Coconut oil to cure tinea versicolor
6. Garlic to cure tinea versicolor
7. Vinegar to cure tinea versicolor
8. Tea Tree Oil for treating tinea versicolor
9. Turmeric to treat tinea versicolor
10. Lemon to treat tinea versicolor
11. Origano oil to treat tinea versicolor
12. Grape fruit extracts to cure tinea versicolor
13. Honey - home remedy for tinea versicolor
14. Mustard seeds - home remedy for tinea versicolor
15. Hygiene and Diet - Way to prevent tinea versicolor

Tinea Versicolor affected skin
Tinea Versicolor affected skin

1. Aloe Vera to cure tinea

Aloe vera is a well known plant with plethora of medicinal uses. It is more used to treat skin related problems across the globe.

Aloe Vera - Cure for Tinea Versicolor
Aloe Vera - Cure for Tinea Versicolor

Aloe Vera contains ingredients such as salicylic acid, sulphur, cinnamic acid, lupeopl, phenol, and urea nitrogen which are all known to be effective in preventing the growth of fungi caused diseases. It is scientifically proven that active anti-fungal agent 14 kDa found in aloe vera can reduce fungi’s ability to spread. Therefore aloe vera can suppress fungal growth on several strains of the Candida family. Tinea Versicolor is part of the Candida family.

Aloe Vera gel is obtained from the leaves of Aloe Vera plant. Apply 2-3 times in a day for effective results. Also, you can complement it with drinking aloe vera juice on a daily basis until the condition heals.

2. Yogurt to cure tinea versicolor

Health benefits of yogurt are so impressive that it is good to consume it on a daily basis. Applying yogurt will smoothen your skin and eating it will soothen the stomach. Yogurt has a high content of good bacteria that is needed by our body for regulating our metabolism and digestion. This bacteria resides in our body and is also responsible for keeping the naturally occurring yeast and fungal growth in control.

Yogurt (Curd) to cure tinea versicolor
Yogurt (Curd) to cure tinea versicolor

By applying yogurt to the patches on the skin, presence of yeast can be neutralized. Let yogurt rest for about half an hour and then wash off with a mild soap. You can also eat yogurt to help fight the yeast internally.  For the best result, unflavored, natural fresh yogurt is recommended for treatment.

3. Baking soda to treat tinea versicolor

Baking soda in your kitchen is a multitasking wonder. This has power to nourish, protect and heal your skin. Also, it is very effective solution to treat skin infections like tinea versicolor.

High acidity levels in the body give tinea versicolor an environment to thrive in. As baking soda is an antacid, it is commonly used to treat conditions such as indigestion,  heartburn, and upset stomach. Biggest advantage of baking soda is that it can be taken orally and can aid in alkalizing your body, which balances the ph levels.

Baking soda to cure tinea versicolor
Baking soda to cure tinea versicolor
How to apply baking soda for tinea

You could use it as an exfoliating scrub while bathing. It is usually harsh on the skin so make sure you don’t rub it vigorously. Alternating baking soda with vinegar soaks on alternate days can slowly speed up the healing of the damage on your skin.

You can prepare a mixture of baking soda in tub water. Fill the entire tub with water and pour about half a cup of baking soda and some apple cider vinegar. Now just relax in the tub like you would do during a bath.

4. Neem and neem oil to treat tinea

Neem is used in various forms for skin care from thousands of years. Neem is an antimicrobial herb and therefore very useful to treat various skin problems. Neem oil is derived from the neem tree and it is derived from crushing the neem seeds. Neem oil is powerful anthelmintic compound and possesses a wide range of other beneficial properties.

Neem leafs - to cure tinea versicolor
Neem leafs - to cure tinea versicolor
How to use neem for tinea

There are multiple ways in which you can use neem for curing tinea versicolor.

  • Apply two to three drops of neem oil to the affected skin after bath for best result.
  • Boil a bunch of neem leaves in the water until they get completely infused in the water and strain the water. Use this water for taking bath instead of regular water.
  • Grind some neem leaves with water and apply this paste directly on the affected area and let it rest until. Wash off with regular or neem water.

5. Apply coconut oil on tinea versicolor

Coconut  - To cure tinea versicolor
Coconut - To cure tinea versicolor

Coconut oil is not just a delicious oil used in traditional cooking. There are tons medicinal uses of coconut - coconut fruit, coconut oil, and even coconut bark is used to cure many conditions.

It can cure Tinea Versicolor with daily appliance of the oil to the affected skin. For the best result, use organic extra virgin coconut oil from the store.

6. Garlic - The wonder drug

You may know that garlic can add aroma, taste, and nutrition to your dishes. But there is more to it. Garlic has several health benefits and is extensively used in folk medicines. One of the well known use of Garlic is for its antifungal properties that can kill of the infection.

Garlic - To cure tinea versicolor
Garlic - To cure tinea versicolor

If you get tinea frequently, you are best served by consuming 2 cloves of garlic everyday with warm water on empty stomach. Also, apply the garlic oil to the spot twice every day. Application of garlic oil or juice will help you in conquering this fungal infection. As the smell of garlic is very strong, you can apply it everyday before bath and let it dry for about half an hour and then wash properly with a mild soap.

7. Vinegar to treat Tinea Versicolor

Apple cider vinegar is a very strong deep cleansing agent. Also, using a vinegar that contains garlic and oregano is another useful treatment of the fungus.

Apple Vinegar - To cure tinea versicolor
Apple Vinegar - To cure tinea versicolor
How to apply vinegar
  • Dip a cotton ball or washcloth in the vinegar and gently rub it on the affected areas of the skin.
  • You can also add half a bowl of vinegar every day to your bath water.
  • You may also dilute equal part of water and vinegar and soak a cotton ball in it. Gently rub this cotton on the infection.

8. Apply tea tree oil to cure tinea versicolor

Native peoples of Australia have known beneficial properties of tea tree oil for thousands of years. Oil is taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree, which is native to Southeast Queensland and the Northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia.

Tea tree oil - To cure tinea versicolor
Tea tree oil - To cure tinea versicolor

Traditionally, tea tree oil is used to treat many conditions such as cuts and abrasions, burns, insect bites and stings, boils, vaginal infections, recurrent herpes labialis, toothache, infections of the mouth and nose etc.

While treating tinea you should be careful not to apply virgin oil as it might be very strong. You can dilute it with coconut or lavender oil and apply this concoction on the areas affected by this skin condition. Application of strong tea tree oil can cause a lot of discomfort in form of burning sensation.

9. Turmeric powder for tinea treatment

Turmeric, traditionally called Indian saffron, is well known as one of the ingredients used to make curry. However, turmeric is also a powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic.

Turmeric - To cure tinea versicolor
Turmeric - To cure tinea versicolor
How to apply turmeric

You can make a paste of turmeric poweder by adding water and then apply it on tinea affected area. You can wash this off after it gets dried up.
One problem that many complain about turmeric application is that it tends to leave yellow color and tinge on the skin where it is applied. In order to avoid this problem, you can use turmeric infused water to treat affected area. You can prepare turmeric infused wash by adding  3-4 spoons of raw turmeric in the water and keeping it for an hour.
You can also drink milk by adding couple of spoons of turmeric powder to achieve best results.

10. Lemon juice to treat tinea versicolor

Lemon juice can change the pH (acid/ alkaline balance) level of the body. Lemon has citric acid and vitamin C and that makes it a favourite home remedy to treat tinea infection. Fungus cannot thrive in acidic environments and this will soon cause the fungus to die and the symptom to subside.

Lemon juice - To cure tinea versicolor
Lemon juice - To cure tinea versicolor

Dilute some lemon juice in the proportion of 1:2 with water. Then apply this on the tinea affected areas and leave it on till your bath the next day. Diluting the lemon juice it to avoid roughening of the skin. Therefore it is good to dilute the lemon juice before applying.

11. Oregano essential oil for tinea

Oregano oil extracted from oregano herb. There are many varieties of oregano herbs, best among them is oreganum vulgare which is believed to hold the most therapeutic value. You can cure tinea versicolor using oregano essential oil. It is one of the most potent antifungal oils, which can fight the fungi responsible for the condition.

Oregano leafs - to treat tinea versicolor
Oregano leafs - to treat tinea versicolor
How to apply

Prepare a solution with equal amounts of oregano essential oil and extra-virgin olive oil. Apply it on the affected areas using a cotton ball. Then, leave it on for 30 minutes, then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Repeat this solution once day until the condition gets cured.

12. Grapefruit seed extract to treat tinea

Grapefruit - to treat tinea versicolor
Grapefruit - to treat tinea versicolor

You might have heard many benefits of grape fruits, one more is its use in treating tinea versicolor. Grapefruit seed extract is a natural cure for fungus infections. This natural cure also has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Natural remedies with anti-fungal properties will kill the fungus causing the rash and discomfort.

Seed extract has to be applied 2-3 times a day on the affected area for few days until the condition gets cured.

13. Apply honey to cure tinea versicolor

Honey has high levels of monosaccharides, fructose and glucose, containing about 70 to 80 percent sugar, which gives it its sweet taste - minerals and water make up the rest of its composition. But honey is also famous for many of its medicinal properties. Honey has natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. These properties will get your healing on the right track.

Honey - to treat tinea versicolor
Honey - to treat tinea versicolor
How to apply honey

Make sure you buy raw, organic, and natural honey from the store. Then apply a thin layer of honey over your afftected skin area. Let it be there for 1-2 hours before washing with a mild soap. Repeat this on a daily basis until the condition cures.

14. Using mustard seeds to cure tinea

Ground mustard seed has amazing anti-fungal properties that are remarkable at killing even the toughest case of ringworm. They are not just a rich source of essential oils, minerals and vitamins but also source many home remedies for skin conditions.

Mustard seeds - to treat tinea versicolor
Mustard seeds - to treat tinea versicolor
How to apply

You should grind the mustard seed and mix with water to make a thick paste. Then apply the paste on the infected area. Allow the paste to dry completely and then rinse away the excess.

15. Hygiene and diet to prevent and cure tinea versicolor

Balanced diet and hygiene can go a long way in preventing and curing tinea versicolor. Those who suffer from malnutrition, due to high fat diets or starvation, are prone to tinea versicolor. Malnutrition weakens the immune system and can cause an increase in fungus.

  • Drinking plenty of water daily can also flush the system of toxins that can damage the immune system.
  • Proper nutrition can stimulate the immune system and help to rid the body of the fungus. A diet high in vitamins C, E, B complex, and A help to give your immune system a healthy boost. Drinking clove tea, kifer, or water mixed with a little lemon juice and apple cider vinegar all help to rid the body of excess yeast.
  • Bathing daily and using a washcloth or sponge to exfoliate the areas will help to remove the flakey, dead cells and reduce the amount of fungus on the skin. Be sure to wash your clothes, towels, and washcloths in hot water to get rid of any fungi that have become attached to the material.
  • Also, when using creams, ointments or lotions, wash and dry the affected area. Then apply a thin layer of the product once or twice a day for at least two weeks.
  • It also helps to protect your skin from the sun and artificial sources of UV light.