Cure Clogged Pores, Acne Cysts, Folliculitis: Q&A
Last Modified on Sep 30, 2006
Folliculitis Treatment Options?
09/30/2006: Kathy from Rochester, NY: "My husband was diagnosed with folliculitis on the scalp. The doctor said it started out with a primary infection and then a secondary infection developed after my husband repeatedly scratched his scalp with his finger nails. It cause sores to form on his scalp, his scalp gets really hot and looks very red. After the Accutane treatment for 6 months, the condition started to come back after 2 months. He using Clobex a steriod shampoo just to keep things under control but now that is not working. I read the treatment for scalp infections and will try it but since his condition is severe is there anything else you can suggest besides the tea tree oil and lavender."
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Kathy: Yes, a milder form of treatment is a saturated solution of borax, with some hydrogen peroxide and vinegar. Assuming that in one cup of saturated borax solution, I would add maybe 1 teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide, and 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Once added, you just stir the solution. It is a powerful antibiotic. This is my best guess. In a saturated borax solution I keep adding borax until it will no longer dissolved itself and settle on the bottom.
If this is too harsh for you then just use the borax alone. The funny thing is my own mother used a pure 100% alcohol solution (ethanol) and it does help a lot of infections. I never was lucky enough to have a chance to use antibiotics since the alternatives have worked so well. Unfortunately, pure 100% ethanol alcohol is a controlled substance as authorities are afraid of people drinking them as an alcoholic beverage. The main component of an alcoholic beverage that makes people drunk is in fact the ethanol. This is never ever to be confused with the poisonous methanol alcohol.
In case of accidental poisoning, or skin irritation my personal remedy or my antidote is unsurprisingly, vinegar. Perhaps we should rename this website, vinegar dot com, due to its ubiquitious use as a medicine! Even the father of medicine, Hippocrates used vinegar in a wide variety of cures."
09/29/2006: Bea : "he recommends a shampoo made of tea tree oil and lavender, what are the measurements and how is it applied? He also talks about hydrogen peroxide and acv and adding chamomile, lavender and tea tree oil and making a shampoo out of that or applying it to the scalp. I was wondering how much of everything to mix in and how to apply it. My problem is with hair loss. The dermatologist first said it was from lichen planus and had me try different things. Another dermatologist said it was normal but it's not. My scalp is very sensitive sometimes with burning tingling sensations. It has at times developed red pimple like things on my scalp. My hair has really thinned out compared to the thick hair I used to have."
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Lavender + tree oil common concentrations in shampoo is about 3-5%. You apply it just like any other shampoo.
I was wondering how much of everything to mix in and how to apply it.
Depends on your condition. You apply the lavender + tea tree liberally on your scalp overnight in the area of problem and beyond that area. It is done to kill the microbials.
My problem is with hair loss. The dermatologist first said it was from lichen planus and had me try different things
Hair loss is a straightforward matter. I have done studies after studies and people with hair loss have zinc, manganese, biotin, selenium, pantothenic acid, and inositol. A small change in diet can make a big difference. Eating only liquid egg yolk without white eggs is important. The white yolk will prevent the body from absorbing the nutrition from the yolk. Eggs are rich in biotin and lecithin, important for the hair growth on sulfur. Manganese is supplement in powder form in the form of manganese sulftate taken on an empty stomach. It is important to take at least 1,000 -2,000 mg per day of vitamin C (sodium ascorbate/ascorbic acid mix) to aid manganese absorption. Handling zinc is a bit tricky, it must be in the form of zinc acetate or zinc gluconate.
You can only consume this in powder form. Zinc acetate in tablet from can be grinded and apply to head too, but it will cause dryness but you can use this to kill the microbial infection.
You will get the vitamin B5 and other Bs sources not available in most vitamin B complex sold in drug stores, such as Pangamic acid, inositol, that is found in abundance in brewer's yeast. So taking about 5-10 grams per day of brewer's yeast should handle the rare vitamin B complex not sold, plus the regular vitamin B complex you get at drug stores that have 100 mg. each of the major B1, B2, B3 (niacinamide), B6 for example, except for B12 which is best if it is 100 mcg. Taken at once per day.
Dermatologist are like sales representative for drug companies and they will always recommend the usual hydrocortisol, or some antibiotic drugs. I have had a chance to use them all and they simply don't work for me.. So you are going to go out of your way to try to use lavender and tea tree oil applied liberally on the scalp overnight for several days. It works quite well.
If you just follow my suggestion of manganese sulfate (about 50 mg/day) taken for only a couple of days (about 5-10 days) your hair will stop falling off.
If you can buy a product called Skinolen (an azelaic acid compound), it will reduce the formation of DHT (dehydrotestosterone) which causes the hair to fall off and the scalp often becomes oily. Stopping hair loss is straightforward: take the required nutrition and kill off the microbes. As for the pimple like rashes, lavender oil and tea tree oil applied liberally to the scalp should stop it. If not then apply vinegar. If STILL not working, then you may go to more drastic by applying a strong alkaline such as potassium carbonate mixed in water, a close substitute, is borax.
Your hair thickness should return with taken vitamin B complex, brewer's yeast, and the application of azelaic acid applied in thin amounts necessary to suppress the formation of DHT which causes hair thining. Of course my opinion is not DHT, but fungus or lichens, and most hair loss formulation, if you are observant enough are actually not anti DHT, but anti fungal formulations. So my guess is to do both DHT and anti fungal if you want results."
11/08/2011: Donna from Hartford, Ct replies: "How do you apply the borax, hydrogen peroxide, and vinegar mixture to the scalp?"