How to Get Rid of Ringworm on Face?

Women with ringworm on her face


Ringworm can affect different parts of the body which includes the face. This type of ringworm that infects the face is also known as Tinea Faciei. Facial ringworm can appear on any part of the face but the most common locations are the cheeks, nose, around the eyes, forehead, chin, and even the ears. It can occur in people of all ages, sexes, and races.

Normally, you can leave a ringworm on your face without treating it or attend to it at all but for aesthetic reasons, to stop it from further complications, and to prevent it from spreading further to other parts of your body, it is better to apply treatment immediately.

The face is the first thing that people notice in a person so having a ringworm on the face is much worse than having a pimple. The face is the worst possible body part to get ringworm because the big and reddish rash is very evident and you cannot hide the evidence of your infection from anyone. It’s not also good to look at when taking pictures.

Getting Rid of Ringworm on the Face

Natural Remedies

Apple Cider Vinegar or Vinegar Wash

Apple cider vinegar is the quickest way to get rid of ringworm on the face. White vinegar can also be used but apple cider vinegar is more effective. Vinegar has antiseptic and antifungal properties that help get rid of ringworm spores in the quickest possible time.

Apply undiluted white vinegar or apple cider vinegar on the ringworm patches and allow the solution to dry. Repeat application every 3 hours to get quick results. Continue applying the solution even after the symptoms have disappeared to restore the skin’s ph balance, reduce inflammation, and prevent the infection from returning.


Bleach is proven to be effective in killing fungi that it produces results after a day or two. Just be careful in using bleach as it is not meant to be used for the skin so it may cause a burning sensation and a little scarring too.

Apply undiluted bleach all over the lesions on your face to get immediate relief from flaking and itchiness. Repeat the application every 3 hours to get quick results.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties that fight common infections like ringworm that’s why it is widely used to treat a number of ailments over the years.

Apply Tea Tree oil to the affected area. Gently massage on the skin. Do this twice a day for two weeks or until the rash goes away.


Using honey to treat ringworm is one of the simplest and most natural ways of treating ringworm on the face. Honey contains hydrogen peroxide and other compounds that impede the growth of fungi.

Apply a small amount of honey to a sterile pad. Gently dab the pad to the infected area on your face and cover it up with a sterile bandage to keep it intact for quite some time

Nail Polish

Nail polish may be unusual to be used for medical purposes but it is proven to effectively kill skin fungi. Nail polish suffocates the fungus that causes ringworm automatically shedding the ringworm from your body once the fungus is gone.

Apply a single scoop of clear nail polish on the affected area. Do not dip twice to avoid contaminating the nail polish. Allow it to dry up. Leave it for 8 hours. Remove and reapply again until the ringworm is gone.

Topical Treatments


Phytozine is an FDA approved antifungal cream that is known to produce immediate and amazing results in eradicating ringworm infections in different parts of the body at different stages and associated symptoms. It is friendly and safe to use on all body parts including the face and other sensitive parts. It can also be used by people who have a sensitive skin.

Phytozine contains ingredients that have potent fungicidal properties that kill the fungi causing the infection, heals the sores and the rashes, boosts the immune system, and restores the skin’s appearance.

Simply apply the cream on the affected areas on your face, covering the edges of the rashes, twice a day or as prescribed by the doctor.

This product can be purchased without any prescription.

OTC antifungal cream, sprays, powder
  • Clotrimazole
  • Terbinafine
  • Miconazole

There are a lot of over-the-counter medications available to treat ringworm in general. These OTC antifungal creams or lotions are recommended to treat facial ringworm as they are deemed to be extremely effective in removing ringworm. These medications work by either killing the fungi causing this infection or preventing the creation of these fungi. They are more effective and produce faster results than natural home remedies. Just be aware of the side effects that these medicines may cause.

Apply the cream to each lesion extending up to 2 cm beyond the border of the affected skin for at least 2 weeks or until the symptoms are completely gone. The frequency of the application depends on what is written on the package or what is advised by the doctor.


First things first, the most important thing to do before applying any treatment is to seek medical advice from a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

There are a number of natural home remedies and over-the-counter antifungal creams, sprays, and powders that are specifically used or prescribed for treating ringworm but it is important to check if these are compatible on your face just like makeup. Some of these treatments may cause irritation that’s why it is important to do a test first and be observant of the possible side effects on your face. If your skin gets irritated after a couple of days after using treatment, stop using the treatment immediately and seek medical advice from your doctor.

Treating facial ringworm is important to prevent the ringworm from spreading to other body parts and to stop it from further complication especially when exposed to sunlight.