A lot of people don’t know this, but yeast infections can occur pretty much anywhere on the body. This includes the skin. Most people mistake it for an allergic reaction of some sort, or even shingles.
However, it is caused by candida organisms (commonly known as yeast) overrunning a particular area of the skin. Most often these infections are in areas that don’t see a lot of light, or where there are skin folds. This can be the belly, under the breasts, the groin area, and anywhere else there are skin folds on the body. Dampness can aggravate it since candida loves dampness.
Severity of a skin yeast infection can range from fairly minor and isolated to severe and covering a large area. The most common complaints associated with yeast infections is a burning sensation, itching and a pin prick type of sensation.
The infection usually is bright red, especially after any type of touching or rubbing occurs, and the bumps can be very close together, resulting in a lumped sort of appearance as the individual spots run together.
Caprylic Acid Supplement
Caprylic acid is a natural medium chain fatty acid found most abundantly in human breast milk and cow’s milk. It is also a constituent of coconut and palm kernel oil and is thought to be the reason behind many of coconut oil’s reported health and beauty benefits. You can buy this supplement for a very reasonable price in liquid encapsulated form. It will be a pale yellow color.
Caprylic acid is highly anti-fungal, and many people swear by it as a remedy to clear up internal or external yeast-caused (candida) infections. It is also used as a remedy for acne and other common skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, digestive issues, and even a sa weight loss aid.
Candidiasis (skin yeast infection) is considered a fungal infection. It also goes by the name of “intertrigo”, although not many people know or use that term. Much like athletes foot, it can be treated with anti-fungal medications or a more natural path can be taken by using natural anti-fungals. Thankfully there are a variety of natural oils that are potent in their anti-fungal qualities. The most effective are going to be your essential oils since they often have the most effective anti-fungal properties due to their concentrated and bio-active nature.
Lavender oil has strong anti-fungal properties. It also happens to be a very potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent. This is why we use it as a main ingredient in our Natural Acne Soap. Not only does it kill bacteria that cause acne, it also helps to calm the inflammation and redness that often accompany acne. Lavender also has a reputation for helping calm and center the mind when inhaled. It can help induce a sense of well-being and is often used as an anxiety remedy in aromatherapy.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Apple cider vinegar, everyone’s favorite cure-all, is another option. ACV also has antifungal properties and can help neutralize the acidic environment (this is counterintuitive since vinegar seems acidic in and of itself, however it actually has an alkalizing effect on the outside and inside of the body). You will not want to apply ACV directly to the yeast rash. Instead, add a few cups to your bathwater and soak in it. This can not only help reduce the inflammation and severity of the skin infection, it can also provide some temporary itch and pain relief.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil, like lavender, is another potent antifungal essential oil. It also happens to have strong antibacterial properties on top of that. Tea tree oil can be applied topically with minimum irritation, however it is advisable to combine it with a “carrier” oil like coconut oil. This will help reduce any irritation experienced. Essential oils can be very effective, however they usually must be “watered down” to avoid skin irritation.
Virgin Coconut Oil
This brings us to our next natural remedy. A perfect “carrier” oil for your skin infection would be virgin coconut oil. That’s because it’s naturally anti-fungal on its own. This can also help with the dryness that often comes with treating the yeast rash since the goal is to help dry out the area to prevent further spreading of the infection.
Tips for avoiding yeast skin infections :
- Do not wear sweaty or tight clothes for too long after a strenuous workout. Be sure to wash workout clothes often as yeast can colonize on damp or sweaty clothes.
- Shower right after you’ve been excessively sweating. Dry off thoroughly.
- Avoid wearing tight clothing that does not breathe. Cotton garments are best for this since the fabric breathes.
- Maintain a low sugar diet. Sugary diets feed candida and allow it to flourish both inside and outside the body.