That relentless itch between your toes that only seems to get worse the more you scratch it – if you’ve ever had athlete’s foot, chances are you are familiar with this scenario. This review puts an organic antifungal remedy for athlete’s foot under the spotlight. The treatment is named Athlete’s Foot Jock/Itch Control and it is manufactured by Forces of Nature. It combines a powerful organic antifungal with botanical oil extracts that soothe, act as astringents and promote healthy, new skin growth.
The fungus that causes athlete’s foot is also responsible for jock itch, which is why this product is a seeming remedy for two things in one. Athlete’s foot can be done to other causes such as a bacteria or psoriasis, but this is the exception. The fungus responsible in most cases loves dark, moist areas and spreads easily upon contact. Other than itchiness, symptoms are a rash, scaly and flaky white skin between or under the toes, toe swelling and blisters.
This remedy combines homeopathic ingredients with bottanicals. Homeopathy exposes the body to similar irritants in a different form. As a result, the body has to jump start its own healing process rather than being healed from the outside.
- Hydrocotyle Asiatica
- Thuja Occidentalis
- Pelargonium Graveolens Oil
- Eugenia Caryophyllata Oil
- Melaleuca Alternifolia Oil
- Natural Skin-Cleansing Benefits
- Sesamum Indicum Oil
The active ingredients are Hydrocotyle Asiatica, Silicea and Thuja Occidentalis. Together, they address the main symptoms. The first is a remedy for itchy skin, while the next two are antifungals. The oils comprise the inactive ingredients. Sesamum penetrates deeply below the epidermis. As the fungus resides subdermally, this is essential if the antifungals are to reach and kill the fungus. The other oils act as astringents, natural cleansers and skin-soothing agents.
The synergistic herbal formulation should penetrate deeply to ensure that the fungus does not return, causing a reinfection. As the skin is ruptured during athlete’s foot, the many antioxidant qualities of the oils are essential. This homeopathic blend notably does not contain Undecylenic Acid, a key natural ingredient in many remedies clinically confirmed as being able to kill the fungus. However, on the strength of the botannicals included, this does appear to be one of the better homeopathic remedies and should prove effective in getting rid of athlete’s foot.
This product is not suitable for children under 2 years of age and should not be used for diaper rash. Make sure children do not ingest the remedy. Apply a few drops to the affected area 3 times a day for 4 weeks for athlete’s foot, after washing the infected skin and drying it thoroughly. Should you see no change in four weeks, consult a doctor.
Wear shoes that are well ventilated and change your socks at least once a day. There should be no side effects when using this treatments. Bear in mind though that if you have ultra-sensitive skin you may have a reaction to the oils, but this is extremely rare.
Athlete’s Foot Jock/Itch Control retails for $9.99 on the product website (4ml). This is what you would pay for the 11ml bottle: $14.95. If you buy the 33ml bottle, expect to pay $34.85. This means there are good incremental discounts for buying the bigger bottles.
Forces of Nature products come with a generous one-year money-back guarantee. You must returned the opened or unopened bottle with your receipt. It is not clear if you can return more than one bottle, and this is unlikely.
Conclusion – Forces of Nature Athlete’s Foot Jock/Itch Control
These active ingredients make up a highly effective blend that in theory should alleviate the symptoms of athlete’s foot. The oils absorb deeply into the epidermis and there are bulk discounts should you have a stubborn infection that requires longer periods of treatment. Consumer reports are mostly positive.
One drawback of this product as noted by consumers is that a recent change to the dispensing mechanism now makes the oil more difficult to apply. The bottle dropper has been done away with in a product redesign. Ideally, because of how contagious athlete’s foot is, it should always come with a dispenser of sorts. Men in particular (the reasons for this are not clear) are susceptible to transferring the fungus from their hands onto other areas of the body.
Homeopathic remedies do not work equally well for everyone. It is often milder and may take longer to work. Bear this in mind when opting for this product.