Tinea Versicolor Treatment

Tinea Versicolor Treatment

There are many options for Tinea Versicolor Treatment which mainly rely on the use of anti-fungal medications. While the doctor could prescribe you an expensive lotion or cream, some people don’t have the means to throw a $100 down. This is where putting my brain to use came in handy. I was able to find many over the counter products for a really great price which was effective in treating it. It is important to note that some things may or may not work for you. I personally did not waste time and upheld a very consistent regime, with great results! Let’s have a look at some of the things I personally used.

Selsun Blue for Tinea Versicolor Treatment

Yes, the anti-dandruff shampoo. I truly believe this step in the process is vital to success. Not only does it aid in Tinea Versicolor Treatment, but it also makes for better looking skin too. There are a couple types of Selsun Blue that you can use, both with different ingredients. The good thing is that these different ingredients can both be effective for this conditon. The ingredients I’m talking about here are Zinc Pyrithione, and Selenium Sulfide.

What is Zinc Pyrithione?

Zinc Pyrithione is a complex of chemicals for many different anti-fungal uses, from paint to dandruff shampoo. While the use of it in paint may be a slight turn off,  it’s just used in paint for its anti-fungal purposes, preventing mold and mildew. It is used to treat a wide range of skin conditions such as staph infection, eczema, ringworm, impetigo, dermatitis, and dry skin.

What is Selenium Sulfide?

Selenium Sulfide is another anti-fungal agent commonly used to treat dandruff (a more marketable condition) but just like zinc pyrithione, it can treat a very wide range of skin conditions like I had listed above. What I noticed in a couple days of use was a ‘drying’ look to the affected areas of my skin. It looked a bit flaky but I knew it was working. However, if you experience any serious form of itching or irritation, stop the use of it.

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What I used:

Personally, I used the Selsun Blue Medicated Maximum Strength Dandruff Shampoo containing 1% Selenium Sulfide. I believe it’s just a tad bit more effective in the treatment, but it is entirely up to you. There are several other anti-fungal shampoos out there, I don’t recommend anything but selsun blue but if you can find an even cheaper alternative, I’d love to hear about it. I would not get a shampoo containing anything less than 1% of Zinc Pyrithione or Selenium Sulfide. The most important thing in the Tinea Versicolor Treatment is that you DO NOT skip out on the shampoo. I believe it is the foundation of the treatment.


Anti-Fungal Creams Or Sprays For Tinea Versicolor Treatment

There are so many different brands of anti-fungal creams and sprays that it can be a little overwhelming to try and decide which one to use. I honestly never even bothered with a cream as I feel it just contributes to moisture, and it is just an all around headache to have to deal with. If you prefer a spray or cream it is entirely up to you. The only thing you need to be looking for in any of these products are any of the following: Miconazole Nitrate 2% or Clotrimazole.

What Is Miconazole Nitrate And Clotrimazole?

Miconazole Nitrate is used just like our other products to treat fungal conditions. Although these anti-fungal products are generally just marketed towards the more common fungal conditions (Dandruff, athletes foot) they are all very commonly used for Tinea Versicolor Treatment. The same thing goes for Clotrimazole here. Please note that some irritation and itchiness can be caused by these products, these are not herbal or natural remedies, they are anti-fungal compounds that will eat away the Tinea Versicolor. If any itchiness worsens or signs of allergies occur, I would stop the usage.

What I Used For My Tinea Versicolor Treatment:

Although I welcome you to find a lower priced version, the exact product I used was a Lotrimin Spray with Miconazole Nitrate 2% that I found on Amazon. You may be able to find a lower priced version of this at your local store but I never had much luck so I just went with the best thing I found online. I did happen to pick up a cream as well although I never really used it as I saw very fast results with what I had been doing.

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My Exact Tinea Versicolor Treatment Method

Items I used:


  • Exfoliating Skin Brush
  • Epsom Salts
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Raw Honey 
  • Vitamin C

The Optional Items I will explain later, however let’s continue with the basic Tinea Versicolor Treatment.

Step 1 I shower at night and the very first thing I do is rinse off and use a good skin brush to exfoliate and remove any dead skin. I have a sauna at home so I would sit in the sauna for about 15-20 minutes to help open and clean the pores, however a warm shower could accomplish this effect as well.

Step 2 After I had finished scrubbing my skin, I then just lathered on the Selsun Blue and let it sit for approximately ten minutes. I highly recommend NOT washing your skin immediately after applying the shampoo as it does not have nearly enough time to soak in and be effective. The time between would just be used to wash my hair, brush my teeth, or shave.

Step 3 Before I rinsed the shampoo off of my skin I would give one last good scrubbing to once again remove any dead skin. It also made me feel like I was scrubbing off the Tinea Versicolor spots, whatever helps right? 🙂

Step 4 Once I had finished up with the shower, I would dry off completely with a fresh towel and grab my Lotrimin Spray and START SPRAYIN’! After it was all said and done this is what it looked like:

Application Of Miconazole Nitrate 2%

Application Of Miconazole Nitrate 2%
(Yes This Is Me, It Was That Bad!)

I then let the spray soak in for another 15 minutes, or until it dries. This is entirely up to you but after the spray had dried I would then hop back in the shower just to rinse off. These are the basic steps for Tinea Versicolor Treatment and I noticed results in just days of consistent use. Remember the before and after pictures you saw were just a 2 week difference. Above, I did mention about the optional items that you can decide to use or not use. For a more in depth explanation of how I used some of these products to cure Tinea Versicolor, please see the Optional Tinea Versicolor Treatment Information Page.


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