An alternative treatment for pityriasis versicolor, tinea cruris, tinea corporis and tinea faciei with topical application of honey, olive oil and beeswax mixture: an open pilot study

Complement Ther Med. 2004 Mar;12(1):45-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2004.01.002.


Objective: To evaluate the possible role of honey, olive oil and beeswax in the treatment of skin fungal infections.

Patients and methods: Thirty-seven patients with pityriasis versicolor, tinea cruris, tinea corporis and tinea faciei were studied. After clinical evaluation of redness, scaling, pruritus and burning/pain sensation and mycological assessment, honey mixture containing honey, olive oil and beeswax (1:1:1) was applied to the lesions three times daily for a maximum of 4 weeks.

Results: Clinical response was obtained in 86% of patients with pityriasis versicolor, 78% of patients with tinea cruris and in 75% of patients with tinea corporis. Mycological cure was obtained in 75, 71 and 62% of patients with PV, tinea cruris and tinea corporis, respectively. The patient with tinea faciei showed clinical and mycological cure 3 weeks after commencement of therapy.

Conclusion: Honey mixture may have place in the management of these skin conditions and rigorous, controlled trials are justified.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Complementary Therapies / methods*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Honey*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Olive Oil
  • Pilot Projects
  • Plant Oils / therapeutic use*
  • Probability
  • Risk Assessment
  • Tinea / diagnosis*
  • Tinea / therapy*
  • Tinea Versicolor / diagnosis
  • Tinea Versicolor / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Waxes / therapeutic use*


  • Olive Oil
  • Plant Oils
  • Waxes
  • beeswax