Skin Fungi: How to Get Rid of Them With Homemade Remedies

17 December, 2019
Maintaining good hygiene and consulting with a doctor are essential if you want to eliminate fungi properly. You can also talk to your doctor about the possibility of using certain home remedies.

Skin fungi is a problem that can affect both your health and your appearance. If not treated properly as advised by your doctor, it may even have an impact on your quality of life.

Skin fungi are caused by infections of various kinds, like dermatophytes and yeast. These microorganisms develop over dead keratin, a very delicate protein that is present in our skin, hair, and nails.

All cases show up differently, but they generally include symptoms like itching, discoloration, peeling, and sometimes bad odor.

Fungal infections are generally more common in individuals with a compromised immune system, diabetics, or atopic dermatitis, although they can also affect people with poor personal hygiene, or anyone who is consistently exposed to damp environments. It’s important to highlight that these patients will require specialist treatment, and shouldn’t resort to using home remedies.

According to popular belief, those who don’t have a chronic illness can use certain home remedies (from time to time) to eliminate skin fungi. Their effectiveness has not been scientifically proven, but plenty of people are still willing to give them a shot.

Oregano oil for skin fungi

oregano oil for skin fungi

Essential oregano oil is often said to have anti-fungal properties. However, it has never been scientifically proven that applying it directly to the skin can effectively combat infections.

It is believed that you can combine it with a bit of olive oil to strengthen its effects, and help it moisturize your skin.


  • 1 Tbsp. oregano oil (10 grams)
  • 1 tsp. olive oil (5 grams)


  • Combine the two oils in a bowl.
  • Apply to the affected area and leave it to work for a few minutes.

Lemon with baking soda

While both ingredients are often recommended for eliminating skin fungi, it’s important to use them with extreme care, as they are both harsh, aggressive ingredients. The following recipe is a paste which is said to be able to help treat fungi.

Warning: doctors recommend avoiding remedies containing baking soda, lemon and apple cider vinegar, as these products are not suitable for skin care.


  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp. baking soda (10 grams)


  • Squeeze the lemon and mix it with one tablespoon of baking soda to create a smooth paste.
  • Once ready, apply to the affected area and let it work for 5 minutes, then rinse.
  • Continue using until the infection is cured.
  • After each application, finish by using a moisturizing cream to prevent the area from drying out.
  • Apply, let set, and rinse well. 

Apple cider vinegar

apple cider vinegar

Alternatively, it is also believed that the malic acid and acetic acid in apple cider vinegar can help to eliminate skin fungi.

NB. Some people recommend mixing it with a few drops of diluted tea tree essential oil.


  • 1/2 c. apple cider vinegar (50 mL)
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 2 liters of water


  • Heat water to a tolerable temperature, then add the apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil.
  • Use the water as a bath and soak for 10 minutes.

Natural yogurt

Although it has been proven that the topical application of yogurt does not help to treat infections, some people choose to use it in their home remedies when it comes to fighting skin fungi.


  • 1/2 c. plain yogurt (50 grams)
  • Juice from 1/4 lemon


  • Mix the plain yogurt with the lemon juice and rub over the affected areas.
  • Leave it to work for 30 minutes, then rinse well with soap and water. Then, dry the area thoroughly with a clean towel.



While it has been shown that the properties present in garlic’s natural compounds have no effect whatsoever when applied to the skin (except under certain laboratory conditions) there are some who choose to use freshly crushed garlic in home remedies for treating fungal nail infections.



  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil (10 grams)


  • Crush the garlic cloves with a mortar and pestle and mix into a paste with the olive oil.
  • Apply to the fungus and leave it to work for at least 5 minutes.
  • Rinse.

Sea salt

sea salt

According to popular belief, when used alongside good personal hygiene habits, a little sea salt and water can help to relieve irritation, itching and other forms of discomfort associated with a fungal infection


  • 1 Tbsp. sea salt (10 grams)
  • 1/2 glass water (125 mL)


  • Dissolve the sea salt into a glass of water and use it to wash the affected area.
  • Dry the area thoroughly.


To treat a fungal infection (or any other type of infection) properly, the best thing to do is see your doctor, and follow their instructions carefully. If you want to try these home remedies, you can ask your doctor about them first, just to be on the safe side.

Patients who are immuno-depressed, suffering from diabetes or atopic dermatitis, should avoid these home remedies and simply follow the advice of their doctor.