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10 Natural Remedies for Fungal Skin Infections

On the lookout for new treatments and solutions for fungal skin infections. Why not take a look at a few of my favorite natural remedies to help ease the symptoms of fungal skin infection?

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Home Remedies To Treat Fungal Acne

Antifungal effects of the natural ingredients listed below have been proven time and time again. As a result of their efficacy in treating fungal acne on the face and other areas of the skin, they are widely used in antifungal medicines and skincare products. All of these natural ingredients are readily available at home, which is a significant plus.

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Fungal Acne: Causes, Symptoms And How To Treat fungal acne

1. Apple cider vinegar

Apple vinigar

The natural remedy apple cider vinegar (also known as ACV) is one of my favorites for treating fungal skin infections, and for a good reason. Internally or externally, it is ideal for combating a fungal overgrowth. The fact that these benefits are backed by research. [1][2]

One method of taking apple cider vinegar is to digest a small amount each day, while another is to dilute it with water and then apply it to the affected area.

Just make sure you choose a reliable, high-quality, organic brand.

2. Raw Turmeric

Raw Turmeric

Apply a thick layer of raw turmeric paste to the face to treat a fungus infection. For more benefit, you can also mix in some milk or honey.

Milk aids in the removal of debris from the skin that can clog pores, while honey is antimicrobial. It’s no secret that milk and honey can help you get rid of acne scars, giving you an even, clear complexion. [3][4]

You can add milk or honey to it for added benefits.

Zinamax is a game-changing product. It’s a dietary supplement. The primary constituent in the product is lactoferrin, a protein with antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiparasitic effects.

3. Plain Yoghurt

Probiotic food - Yogurt

Simple yogurt contains a high concentration of live bacteria cultures, particularly the lactobacillus strain. This phenomenon is significant because good bacteria can help restrict your gut’s environment, stopping candida yeast from overpopulating. [5]

It accomplishes this by producing hydrogen peroxide, a compound capable of killing candida yeast. However, according to one study, plain yogurt may be more successful than a famous antifungal cream. [6]

Yogurt contains lactic acid, an organic compound that helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by tightening and shrinking pores. [7]

Yogurt has exfoliating properties which will make your skin lighter and softer, transforming it from dry and dull to lighter and softer.

Yogurt is high in vitamin B and contains 20 to 30 percent of the daily recommended value of riboflavin, which keeps skin glowing and hydrated and aids in cell growth and regeneration.[8][9]

4. Garlic

Garlic

A stinky solution, but one that has the potential to be effective! Garlic is well-known for its antifungal properties, making it a popular natural remedy for fungal skin infections. It also improves your immune system. That’s a plus point!

You can always increase your garlic intake through diet or by taking a supplement. If you want to apply it topically, crush a few cloves and apply to the affected area. [10][11]

5. Guava Leaves

Guava Leaves

Guava leaves have numerous medicinal properties. Applying a guava leaf paste to your skin can help prevent fungal infections.

Guava leaves have antifungal properties, according to research. [12]

Its immunity-boosting properties benefit those with weakened immune systems, allowing them to fight fungal infections more effectively. [13]

6. Black Pepper

Black Pepper

Black pepper is an excellent fungicide due to the presence of piperine, terpenes, and flavones. [14]

  • To prevent fungus growth, black pepper extracts are used in medicines and foods.
  • To treat fungal acne, make a paste out of black pepper powder and honey and apply it to the affected areas. [15] [16]

7. Ginger

Ginger

Zingiber Officinale, also known as ginger, is a multi-beneficial herb that is commonly found in Indian kitchens.

  • Ginger is used to treating everything from colds to fungal infections on the skin.
  • Because of its effectiveness [17] in inhibiting fungal growth, it is widely used in skincare, dental hygiene products, and new-age antifungal medicines.

8. Avocado Leaves

Avocado Leaves

Avocados have incredible skin-healing properties. Its leaves are used in a variety of antifungal products due to their ability to inhibit fungus growth. [18]

  • Apply an avocado leaf and fruit paste to the face to treat fungal acne and get skin that feels nice and soft, and healthy.
  • Apply a generous amount of ginger and honey paste to the fungal acne on your face and other areas on a regular basis to see results.

9. Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is an essential fungal acne treatment due to its potent fungicide, terpenes, or terpenoid phenol. Tea tree oil is antiseptic and antifungal by nature. [19]

  • It attacks fungal cells and stops them from multiplying.
  • Tea tree oil also contains potent antioxidants that help improve the overall condition of your skin within a short period after application.
  • When using tea tree oil, try combining a couple of drops with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, as applying it directly to your skin is not recommended and may cause severe irritation.

Zinamax is a lifesaver for everyone who suffers from skin defects such as pimples, blackheads, and irritation. Zinamax modulates the activity of the sebaceous glands, which is the core cause of acne.

10. Neem And Cumin Lepa

Neem leaves and oil have long been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat various microbial skin conditions. [20]

  • Cumin extract can destroy fungal biofilms that cause fungal infections on your face and skin. [21]
  • As part of your daily skincare routine, make a paste of cumin and neem leaves and apply it to the affected area. [22]

When to visit a dermatologist for fungal infections?

dermatologist

If the following issues are seen in your case, you should immediately consult with a qualified dermatologist.

  • There is no improvement after following the home remedies for 2-3 weeks
  • If the fungal infection spread rapidly
  • If you are a diabetic patient
  • If your infection starts discharging pus

Prevention:

  • Always use clean, dry clothes
  • Moisture helps to grow fungus, so always wear breathable cotton clothes.
  • Your clothes should not be too tight.
  • Keep your undergarments clean and dry.
  • Wash your affected body part at least two times a day

Conclusion

It is essential to use home remedies for fungal acne consistently and at the onset of symptoms. For many cases, fungal acne issues clear up within 2-3 weeks.

It is difficult to say which treatment is the most effective for all cases of fungal acne. You can try some alternative remedies for children and those with sensitive skin.

If symptoms do not improve within two weeks, a doctor will prescribe a more potent treatment that will most likely cure the infection quickly.

Frequently Asked Questions On Fungal Acne

1. How Long Does Fungal Acne Last?

Antifungal medications help treat fungal acne. Depending on how critical your condition is, it may last a few weeks to a month before clearing up completely.

However, if the conditions that cause the fungal infection are not addressed, it may reoccur.

As a result, even after the condition has been completely healed, it is prudent to take precautionary measures.

2. Is Fungal Infection Contagious?

The majority of fungal infections are contagious, which means they can spread through direct or indirect contact.

Similarly, Malassezia yeast-caused fungal acne can spread to other parts of your body through contact.

Avoid touching the affected area of fungal acne regularly. Maintain good hygiene while undergoing fungal acne treatment.

3. How Do Dermatologists Treat Fungal Acne?

If your fungal acne condition does not improve after a few weeks of using herbal remedies, you should see a dermatologist. Your dermatologist will most likely prescribe antifungal ointments containing clotrimazole or ketoconazole to treat fungal acne.


Oral antifungal medications such as itraconazole, terbinafine, or fluconazole may be prescribed depending on the severity of the condition.

Disclaimer: This post does not provide medical advice. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult with your dermatologist or your primary care physician before applying any of the methods described here.

Eliza Miller

Hi! I am Eliza Miller, a nutritionist turned holistic health content writer who specializes in health and wellness, mental health, and nutrition. Other than content writing I am very passionate about reading fictional books.