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

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: How to Get Rid of Them With Homemade Remedies

Last update: 10 September, 2020

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’s 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.

About homemade remedies for skin fungi

According to popular belief, those who don’t have a chronic illness (such as dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea, etc.) can use certain home remedies (from time to time) to eliminate skin fungi, if a doctor authorizes it.

Keep in mind that the remedies don’t work in the same way for all people. Therefore, it’s essential to be careful with them.

On the other hand, you must remember that neither its efficacy nor its safety are scientifically proven. Thus, we can’t say that they’re recommended in all cases. Still, there are those who have been encouraged to try them.

Oregano essential oil

oregano oil for skin fungi

Oregano essential oil is often said to have anti-fungal properties. However, it’s never been scientifically proven that applying it directly to the skin can effectively fight infections.

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


  • 1 tablespoon of oregano oil (10 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon of 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’re 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 aren’t suitable for skin care.


  • The juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of 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 five minutes.
  • Rinse and 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’s also believed that the malic acid and acetic acid in apple cider vinegar can help to eliminate skin fungi.

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


  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar (50 ml)
  • 5 drops of 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, is it effective for skin fungi?

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


  • 1/2 cup of plain yogurt (50 grams)
  • The 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’s 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 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of 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 let it 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 tablespoon of sea salt (10 grams)
  • 1/2 glass of water (125 ml)


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

What’s the best thing for skin fungi?

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 immunodepressed or are suffering from diabetes or atopic dermatitis should avoid these home remedies and simply follow their doctor’s advice.

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