Tinea versicolor is light white so in the winter and fall, no one can really see it.. However, when the sun comes out and the individual get tanned, the once hidden tinea versicolor appears I have seen many patients with this and some have needlessly suffered with it for years. There are simple and effective natural treatments which, when followed properly, typically result in a very very happy individual.
We have all heard that Tea Tree Oil works wonders as a natural Tinea versicolor treatment. Did you know that applying that much tea tree oil to your skin can be toxic? Do you realize that there are some not-so-healthy ways to extract the tea tree oil? If you do decide to use tea tree oil, which I do not recommend, please please dilute it with olive oil and choose a steam-distilled tea tree oil. Many companies do not state if it there tea tree oil is steam distilled or if they used harsh toxic solvents.
We have heard of many recommending Selsun Blue as a tinea versicolor treatment; however that does not work for many either as it does not contain enough of the active ingredient.
What does work, and has been used as a natural treatment for centuries, is topical sulfur mud. Sulfur is a natural anti-fungal agent which when applied to the skin of these patients for two weeks, it all disappears. The skin pigmentation needs to adjust once the tinea versicolor is gone especially if the individual is lighter skinned and tanned. Once the skin pigmentation adjusts, no one will be able to ever tell that individual suffered from this.
Where does one find such sulfur-containing mud?
From under lakes typically. One such sulfur-containing mud is called Saprox and comes from deep beneath a lake in the Czech Republic. Saprox is a natural treatment and has worked successfully on many patients suffering from it. While Saprox works well on the surface, tinea versicolor does not simply appear on everyone’s skin now does it?
Why does this appear? That is not entirely known but I have strong ideas about that.
- If one’s immune system is not up to speed, they are more likely to suffer from fungal infections.
- If one consumes a diet high in carbohydrates and sugars, they are more likely to suffer from fungal infections.
- If one is under stress, they are more likely to suffer from it as stress increases blood sugar levels.
- If one does not get sufficient vitamin D, vitamin A, zinc, selenium, they are more likely to suffer from tinea versicolor. Notice that these are skin nutrients AND immune support nutrients…hmmmmm
Remember this please. The skin is telling you something. Don’t simply just rub on something and think that it will go away for good. Change your diet, ensure adequate nutrition and sun exposure, reduce stress and use healthy soaps – and I might add, a shower filter. That is key. And I almost forgot about it.
Why is a chlorine shower filter important for those suffering from tinea versicolor?
- Chlorine is a skin irritant. Why?
- Because it dries out the skin thereby causing the skin to make more oils in an attempt to rehydrate the skin.
- A viscous cycle ensues as chlorine continues to hit the skin in the shower causing the skin to make excess oil.
- Excess oil equals an increased likelihood to get skin problems such as acne and tinea versicolor.
- Installing a chlorine shower filter stops chlorine from hitting your skin.
- Your skin no longer gets very dry using a chlorine shower filter thereby your skin no longer has to produce so much excess oil.
- Less excess oil production leads to healthier skin.
That also brings up another point. Use natural soaps. Don’t use super highly astringent ones either as you don’t want to dry your skin out with those. Use a nice oatmeal soap or something like it. Consider dry skin brushing and a nice rough towel – not those big fluffy ones. Rough up your skin – it likes to breathe.
Between applying the Saprox Natural Antifungal, installing your new chlorine shower filter, changing your diet, increasing your nutrients and using less harsh soaps, yours will be gone for good.
Mark my words. I’ve seen people get better with this system.
I wish you will as well.