Itchy skin with telltale red “target” patterns? You are likely experiencing ringworm, a skin infection caused by a ubiquitous fungus. Your dermatologist can prescribe drugs to treat ringworm before it spreads and begins to blister, but you can also whip together a homemade skin salve that will soothe the itch, reduce the redness and kill the underlying fungus that is damaging your skin.
1. Coconut Oil Soak
Coconut oil is incredibly moisturizing, helping to keep your skin healthy and glowing. It also works as an all-natural hair conditioner, meaning this natural treatment is a great 2-for-1 option if you have ringworm on your scalp and also want healthier, shinier hair.
Place a dollop of coconut oil into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until soft. Apply it to your affected scalp or skin and do not rinse off. Coconut oil’s natural antifungal and antimicrobial properties will both restore your skin’s health while killing the fungus.
2. Anti-Itch Turmeric
Curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, has potent anti-inflammatory and skin-healing benefits, reports researchers. In one study, they concluded:
“Curcumin has been shown to possess significant anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic, anti-coagulant and anti-infective effects.”
This means it can reduce the swelling, redness and itch caused by ringworm while also helping your sore skin to heal.
You can use any turmeric from the grocery store, but the fresh-ground spice is more powerful. Mix equal parts turmeric and water to make a thick paste and apply it to your ringworm. You may also want to consider drinking the spice or taking a turmeric supplement to soothe inflammation and improve skin healing from the inside out.
3. Oil of Oregano
Don’t let the strong, overpowering scent scare you away.
Oil of oregano is an essential oil that has been shown to both treat skin infections, like ringworm, as well as inhibit fungus growth. In other words, it can kill your ringworm and immediately stop it from spreading to other parts of your skin.
It’s important not to use oil of oregano straight on your skin. It’s too powerful and can further irritate your already inflamed ringworm-infected skin. First, mix it with a carrier oil to dilute it. Consider coconut oil, since coconut oil also has anti-ringworm properties.
Mix thoroughly and rub it on your skin.