tinea versicolor oil

Tinea Versicolor and Moisturizing Your Skin.

Soothing Oils For Your Skin.
By David Anthony, Contributing Writer.

Who doesn’t enjoy the cool feel of lotion as it’s applied to the skin after a warm shower? Honestly, Webster and his defining cohorts must have been thinking of the moisturizing experience when they came up with the word, “soothing.” But if you battle Tinea Versicolor, moisturizing your skin can be quite a challenge.

Tinea versicolor (TV,) is a fungus that feeds upon the oils and moisture of the skin. That’s why those with TV need to be careful when choosing moisturizers. Most are oil-based and choosing the wrong oil can send your Tinea into a feeding frenzy.

There are however, two types of natural oils that moisturize, while at the same time providing a topical anti-fungal agent to your skin.

One of the most common oils with anti-fungal elements is coconut oil.

Many terrific creams, shampoos, and cosmetics use coconut oil as a base element; however, some of the other ingredients in these same topical products can cancel out the anti-fungal properties. With that in mind, it’s important to try and find 100 percent organic (virgin) coconut oil to use as a skin moisturizer, or refined coconut oil (RBD) if you prefer non-scented.

According to OrganicFacts.net, “The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc.”

As a skin moisturizer: Apply a little to the palm of your hand and massage into your skin.

To apply to your scalp: Massage into your scalp a couple hours before showering, and rinse out during your normal shower routine.


Another terrific, but less commonly known moisturizing oil is tea tree oil, not to be confused with “tea oil” which is used for cooking. DO NOT USE TEA TREE OIL FOR COOKING.

Tea tree oil is well known within the medicinal community as a strong antifungal agent. In fact, shampoo with a tea tree oil concentration of 5 percent can be as effective at treating Malessezia — the fungus most responsible for Tinea Versicolor and dandruff of the scalp– as any of the leading brands of dandruff shampoo.

But be careful when using and storing tea tree oil. Unlike coconut oil, tea tree oil CANNOT be ingested. Use only as a topical skin oil.

According to the American Cancer Society: “Tea tree oil is toxic when swallowed. It has been reported to cause drowsiness, confusion, hallucinations, coma, unsteadiness, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach upset, blood cell abnormalities, and severe rashes. It should be kept away from pets and children.”

To use tea tree oil: Dilute one drop to every 4 drops of a carrier oil, such as organic coconut oil, then apply to your skin as you would any other oil or cream. To make it easier, you could combine one eyedropper full of tea tree oil to four eyedroppers full of carrier oil.

As with any new cream or cosmetic, test a small bit on your skin first to see if you develop an allergic reaction. And always consult your dermatologist or doctor before beginning a new treatment regimen.

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    • Darwiis
    • November 15, 2017

    Hi! I want to try using coconut oil for my tinea versicolor so may I know the correct procedure? I’m guessing apply it after a shower but do I leave it on my skin or wash it off after a couple of hours?

      • Tony
      • November 18, 2017

      Hello Darwiis. Thanks for contacting me.

      Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizer, with anti-fungal qualities. You will get the most benefit from leaving it on your skin.

    • Rashid Ali
    • July 7, 2017

    I’ve notice that I get extreme breakouts when I eat a lot of ice cream. Now I’m going non dairy and using Selsun Blue, drinking a cup of water with 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar and not putting only applying aloe Vera to the infected area.

    • Jason
    • May 29, 2017

    I use a face moisturizer that has salicylic acid in it. I heard that is anti-fungal.
    The problem is that this moisturizer also has palm oil in it.
    Is that a problem?

      • Tony
      • October 10, 2017

      Hi Jason. Thanks for contacting me.

      You would do much better with a product that is oil-free.

      Here is a link to Oil-Free Salicylic Acid Moisturizers.

    • Luis
    • May 6, 2017

    Can I use baby oil as a moisturizer on my body if I’m dealing with TV?

      • Tony
      • October 10, 2017

      Hi Luis. Thanks for contacting me.

      Baby Oil will promote the fungus to thrive.
      It is contrary to what you would want in controlling Tinea Versicolor.

    • Tony
    • December 21, 2016

    Hello – I come to this page frantic for help – my 5 year old started getting a few white spots on her forehead over the summer and a few more appeared a couple of months ago. They are only discolored – not scaly. I took her to the dermatologist who said it was most likely pityriasis alba and gave me some cream. The cream did not work for 1 week and we went back for a follow up and then said it was tinea versicolor. He did check her under the Wood’s lamp as well, but didn’t take any sample. My daughter does tan very easily, and does sweat a lot around her forehead. I am most worried about vitiligo but he told me this is not it. He gave another cream for 2 weeks and I see the spots fading very slowly but still white. He said we could stop the cream now as the fungus should be gone by now and that selsun blue or some sun would help even out the skin tone. Does this seem right to you? I am just so afraid of vitiligo. He said to come back in a month’s time. Is there a way to attach pictures here?

      • Tony
      • December 24, 2016

      Hi Tony. Thanks for contacting me.

      Good move seeking the opinion of a Dermatologist. But I am a little perplexed there was no scraping of skin studied under a microscope. Perhaps you could request this simple procedure next time, or seek the diagnosis of a second doctor.

      I would also add discussing the most frustrating nature of Tinea Versicolor, and its ability to return. Ask your doctor to formulate a long-term plan to keep your daughter’s skin infection free…not only these periodic bursts of action.
      I call this the “maintenance mode” of treating Tinea Versicolor. It discourages the fungus from a repeat outbreak by maintaining a hostile environment on the skin.

      Your daughter’s skin will look natural and healthy again, once the fungus is truly controlled. At this stage, tanning will even out her skin complexion.

      You can email photos to me: tony@tinea-versicolor.net

  1. Reply

    I’m using tea tree oil right now, because I have to. I’m so sick of it. One minute it looks like it’s going away, then it seems as if it’s coming back. I even have a pinkish spot right on the tip of my nose, and it’s really depressing. I never had anything like this before, and it’s taking over my life.

    • Gretchen
    • June 27, 2016

    Can you use tea tree oil by itself without mixing it with anything else, that’s what I’ve been doing.

      • Tony
      • June 28, 2016

      Hi Gretchen. Thanks for contacting me.

      Sure you can Tea-tree oil by itself. Tea-tree oil is a potent anti-fungal.
      Care to share your results?

        • Gretchen
        • July 10, 2016

        It has definetly helped to calm it down. My BF has it primarily on his back so it’s helped a great deal.
        Thank you for responding.

    • Kim
    • May 17, 2016

    hi there

    Is jojoba oil the best alternative as carrier oil to coconut oil? I have tinea but every time I use coconut oil it gives me red itchy rashes. I mix it with a few drops of oregano oil. It’s not the oregano oil that’s causing the rashes as I’ve used it with jojoba oil before and it was fine, but I find that jojoba oil isn’t moisturizing enough as I get flaky patches during the day. Please help, I want to use oil moisturizers on my tinea instead of creams. Thank you.

      • Tony
      • July 22, 2016

      Hi Kim. Thanks for contacting me.

      Besides the oils you mentioned, tea tree oil makes a great anti-fungal moisturizer.

        • perriwinklesky@hotmail.com
        • November 10, 2016

        Tea tree is drying…and the coconut oil also gives me a red itchy rash. I would love to find something to provide nourishment to my skin and not the fungus.

          • Tony
          • November 12, 2016

          Hi Perriwinklesky. Thanks for contacting me.

          Dry skin was exactly what led me to the Aidance skincare products.
          They deliver a very effective anti-fungal with a soothing moisturizer that does not feed the culprit.
          I am very pleased with the results.

    • Postman pat
    • April 8, 2016

    So what oils aggravate tinea versicolor? I regularly apply olive oil as I suffer from a dry scalp and am worried that it may contribute to tinea versicolor patches as the summer months approach? I can easily change it for coconut oil but was just wondering.

      • Tony
      • April 27, 2016

      Hi Pat. Thanks for contacting me.

      Most oils on the skin work to promote fungus growth by clogging pores, trapping dirt and providing nourishment.
      Coconut Oil and Tea Tree Oil differ because of their anti-fungal properties…try coconut oil (extra virgin) for your scalp.

        • Nancy
        • December 9, 2016

        Thank You! I will try that! I have had this “tinea versicolor” for a long time. I had no idea what it was, much less how to get it to go away. My GP prescribed anti-fungal pills for a long time, it did not work. I have also had a ton of creams and none of them have worked. I had a problem with my hair. It went from smooth to frizzy, all of a sudden like. Three different doctors had no idea what was wrong. My Lymphologist noticed my hair immediately when I saw her. When I asked her what was wrong with my hair, she told me that I was not eating enough protein. My hair was back to normal in no time! It is amazing how many doctors do not know things like that!!!

        Thank YOU again for the info. I will try vitamins and Tea Tree Oil and Coconut oil. I appreciate that!

        Take care,

    • rachel
    • March 5, 2016

    Can I mix tea tree oil and coconut oil as moisturizer for the skin with TV?

      • Tony
      • March 6, 2016

      Hi Rachel. Sure you can mix them…I hear from many people who do something similar.

    • Kate
    • January 8, 2016

    Are there any regular lotions that won’t feed the fungus?

      • Tony
      • January 13, 2016

      Hi Kate. Great question.

      By lotion, I assume you mean moisturizer. Ingredients found in Terrasil anti-fungal products (Seed Oil (Jojoba), Tea Tree Oil , Bee’s Wax and Peppermint Oil) are natural moisturizers.

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