Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Acne Keloidalis Nuchae Remedies
- ACV and White Vinegar
- African Black Soap
- Antibacterial Soap, Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric
- Antibiotics Connection
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric
- Borax and Hydrogen Peroxide
- Calamine Lotion
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver, Witch Hazel
- General Feedback
- Honeysuckle Flowers
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- MMS, Neem Oil
- Multiple Remedies
- Mustard Oil
- Over the Counter
- Remedies Needed
- Sea Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree and Lavender Oils
- Selsun Blue
- Shaving, Rubbing Alcohol, Antibacterial Soap
- Stop Shaving Arm Pits
- Tea Tree Oil
- Vitamin D
- White Vinegar
- Witch Hazel
Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles that is usually caused by bacteria, especially Staphylococcus bacteria. Folliculitis commonly looks like red pimples with a hair in the center of each one. These pimples may have pus in them and they often itch or burn. Besides bacteria, the condition can also be caused by another type of fungus or yeast. Folliculitis often develops when someone damages their hair follicles. Shaving or wearing tight clothes that rub the skin can cause irritation to the follicles. Sweat, body oils and makeup can also irritate the follicles.
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
Acne Keloidalis Nuchae Remedies
03/26/2013: Ryan from London, Ontario: "Hello, my name is Ryan and I've had 'acne keloidalis nuchae' for a few years now, about 5 bumps on the back of my neck. Would you be able to add this as a section so people can contribute remedies for this disease? Thank you!"
ACV and White Vinegar
[YEA] 12/01/2010: Kris from Henderson, Nevada: "I had folliculitis on my shin for way over a year. I was on antibiotics, steroid creams and every single OTC cream, ointment, everything. I spent hundreds in doctor visits and self-medicating. The last call was a biopsy recommended by the doc. I went into Earth clinic and found the vinegar cure posted by many. I used white vinegar, in a solution of 1 tablespoon per 2 cups water. I mixed in a jar and I heated it until warm before using. Then I sat with a towel under my leg and poured the warm vinegar solution on the cotton balls. As it cooled, I poured more solution on. I sat with it on my leg for about 20 mins. At least 3 times a day. If I wanted to get up, I would plastic wrap around my leg, to keep the wet cotton on my leg, and tape it around. At night, I would make a plastic wrap around my leg, and leave the solution on all night. By the second day, my leg was healed! I continue to use the compress at least twice a day and sleep with it on at night. I have been clear since the second day, but am making sure!"Replies
01/11/2011: Braven from Baltimore, Maryland replies: "I have finally found the cure for my scalp folliculitus. It has been 15 years since I first started showing symptoms of this terrible problem. I have been using antibiotics (Ceftin & Clindamycin) which would only give me temporary relief. I finally stumbled onto a cause of chronic scalp folliculitus. It was Low Iron Anemia. I checked the symptoms of Low-Iron Anemia and about 4 other symptoms affected me.
I began using Iron supplements after I finished an antibiotic treatment of (oral)ceftin and (topical)Clindamycin in Clobestol. I wanted my scalp clear when I started the Iron supplements. I am happy to report for the first time in 15 years I am free of this problem. Please check your Iron levels you may be anemic and not even kno like myself. I thank God for finding this out. I only hope that someone reading this doesn't have to wait 15 years like me."
05/23/2011: Aya from Seattle, Washington King replies: "Ty re: anemia and scalp also the vinergar. anyone use cocconut oil with lemon and rosemary oil for scalp? white sugar to exfoliate. A"
11/04/2011: Karlene from London, Uk replies: "Hello I have had folliculitus for a number of years unknowingly (occassional flare-ups) but came on aggressively in my scalp this year and my doctor treated me with antibiotics flucanozole(2 courses) but it came right back and my hair was falling out. The antibiotics worked but only for awhile, I realised that it must be a fungal and not bacterial infection and made the connection with an overgrowth of yeast in my body so out of desperation I tried Oil of Oregano (3-4 times a day... I swear by this now) as it's a natural antibiotic and your body does not get accustomed to it like prescribed antibiotics. I can say that after two weeks, the bumps are gone on my scalp and my hair is not falling out anymore. You should take a pro-biotic with it though and I am on a yeast free diet as well as low GI sugar diet for awhile.
12/11/2011: Ace from Vancouver, Bc replies: "How did you use the oil of oregano? Do you apply the whole thing on your scalp and then wash it? If not, please provide specific instructions of what you did, as I wanted to try it. I heard it is very strong - can you use it as a shampoo?"
[YEA] 12/17/2011: Baden from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "Make it simple. I have suffered a lot from folliculitis for 3, 4 months at the pubic hair. No antibiotic cream nor doctors could cure it until I read this article. I used straight apple vinegar applying once (sometimes twice a day). In a week, the miracle happened. It was gone. Thank you so much."
02/06/2012: Maryherb from Visalia, Ca, United States replies: "I FOUND A CURE!!! I tried everything! Apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, change in diet, herbs, antibiotics, anti fungal, creams, harsh face washes!!! EVERYTHING!!! I have been cured for 4 months! I only came back to this site so I can tell anyone who has tried everything and want to give up. FIND A CHINESE HERBALIST!!!! Within two weeks all the bumps were gone!!!"
02/12/2012: Edon from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Maryherb and others, Does anyone know if its best to use oil of oregano on the scalp or to ingest it? OR is it suitable to do both? Suffering from nasty follicultis and dermatitist (that's what I've been told) on the scalp and trying to cure it naturally. Oil seems to be the best method. You have mentioned a chinese therapist. Can you be more specific in what they offered you or what they did, please?"
02/17/2012: Jolee from Los Angeles, Ca, Usa replies: "I too am very curious about the Chinese herbalist and am also in LA. I started having break outs of folliculitis three months ago and have tried several things. Antibiotics relieved temporarily. My dermatologist also gave me benzefoam which helped my back and arms greatly, but she said not to use on your face. I also found that good ol' fashion Vicks seems to help keep things at bay (of course it is less offensive at night). I have tried oregano oil (pills) and found the vascular reaction started causing tiny blood vessels to pop. Since I previously had and still have a fungal infection in one of my toe nails, I do think the fungal yeast thing may be a big contributor. I also found wine (more yeast) made it much worse. Drinking lots of water and probiotics also seemed to help."
02/24/2012: T from Uk replies: "Hello... Have just found out that I have suspected folliculitis 3 days ago. Am on antibiotics from the doc but after reading through your comments I am skeptical if they will work as 99% of you here are saying the only work short term if at all. So I have just downed a glass of turmeric powder sent my misses up the shop for bleach and white vinegar and have just got of the phone to my local chinese herbalist while I was dabbing myself with tea tree oil (LOL). But I have pea size spots all over my head, neck, face, shoulders, back, chest, legs, genitals and now on my arms and feet. I am in horrendous pain and am desperate for something to work. I will try everything here and keep you all updated on my progress FEELING AWFUL. 31 YEAR OLD MALE UK"
03/07/2012: Decafe Vamp from Rossendale, Lancashire, England replies: "I have anemia, when I'm on ferritin supplements the lumps and sores ease and the pain is reduced. Get your iron levels checked at drs. Take care. Decafe vamp!"
03/27/2012: Cc from Las Vegas, Nevada replies: "I have been dealing with the effects and symptoms of folliculitis for about 9 months. The dermatologist prescribed a cocktail of medications with no result. I have read and tried just about everything on this blog, including ACV and White Vinegar. Please keep in mind that ACV and White Vinegar is an astringent, which causes the skin to dry out after the burning subsides. Also, vinegar will only provide temporary relief. If your using the vinegar, keep your skin moist with lotion and gentle soap. At one point, I think I gave myself a chemical burn.
Last week, my niece, who is very health conscious suggested I use Colloidal Silver. THIS IS THE MIRACLE CURE. Colloidal Silver can be purchased at any health food store for about 30.00. This product contains purified water and silver particles. It is best to purchase the 10 ppm. I also purchased a small glass spray bottle. For the past three days I have placed a tablespoon of sovereign silver under my tongue (tastes like water) every 3 hours, except while sleeping. I also transferred the sovereign silver to the spray bottle and sprayed my entire body. Further, I bought Cetaphil soap from Walgreens. The soap is anti-bacterial and is gentle on the skin.
Another quick thought, the silver is a metal which helps regulate the ph and acid in our body. Too much acid in our body weakens the immune system. Then, the body is unable to fight certain strains of bacteria.
Try the Colloidal Silver and in 2 days you will experience life as it was prior to having folliculitis."
05/02/2012: Sheena from Buffalo, New York replies: "oh wow! I never thot of vinigar for this issue! I am a newbee to the world of folliculitis. But what I did not realize is that I have had it for a very long time. The worst was a pea sized bump I had on my thigh. Stayed that size for months, never thot anything of it. Then it was like bam, huge and gross like the size of a saucer plate. And I had a red hot circle around it the size of a dinner plate. Needless to say the infection in the follicle had gotten to such an extent that I was in the hospital for a weekend, and after cultures were done, I found out I had MRSA. I was so mortified.
The outbreaks have been many since then; however nothing to that extreem. Thank god. But my whole life has changed significantly since then. No more smelly lotions, soaps, or sprays directly on the skin. Only crtain shampoos. Only antibacterial body wash. But what hurts the most is the absesses I get on my face.
Al that time I thot I was plagued by acne, and it was this. My life has genuinly been hindered by this. But I think I will give the vinigar a try. It is after all natures disinfectant. And I currently do use oil of oregano, 2 pills twice a day. I also was perscribed by my dr this ointment that feels a lot like neosporin, but its water and glycerin based. Called mupirocin, generic for batraban. This stuff works great, but its very expensive, and only comes in tiny tubes. I do tho recommenend it, it is used to treat impetigo, which is a gram negative staph bacteria. And if you have any basic knowledge of folliculitis you know that it is a staph gram negative bacteria build up in the haitr follicle."
05/09/2012: Mia from West College Corner, Indiana replies: "For your face try proactiv skin care it has worked great for me on my face. However my scalp was almost healed and I was using Wen shampoo and other products. I had just one spot left to heal and I thought it was a miracle. Then one day many spots appeared out of no where. I have tried vinegar, shampoos, antibiotics almost anything I could get my hands on. My face is still mostly clear and I use the proactiv every day, this I will not give up on. Dead Sea Salt is one thing I have read that I have not tried yet. I wish I could just find it in a health food store and not have to order it on the web. This medical mystery is about to drive me crazy."
05/31/2012: G from Visalia, Ca replies: "Maryherb I'm from visalia can you direct me to the chinese herbalist you went to."
06/13/2012: Honeysuckle Flowers from San Jose, Ca replies: "Hi G from Visalia, CA. Thanks to Maryherb, my scalp has been clear for 1 month after only taking the herbs from a Chinese Herbalist for only 9 days. They have several Herbalist in my town (San Jose, CA). I went to one of them and they didn't want to sell it to me, they told me to see the specialists whom I had seen for years.... But didn't help. I finally went to one on Senter Road inside the Asian area and he gave me the herbs. I'm so great to find this site and read Maryherb's threat."
09/06/2012: Greg from East Liverpool, Ohio, USA replies: "To Honeysuckle Flowers from San Jose, Ca: Would you please provide the herbs that your herbalist in CA suggested you use to treat and cure your folliculitis? I have had it for many years, and in my area there is no Chinese herbalist who treats this with herbs. I did contact one in Pittsburgh, PA and he wanted to use Acupuncture on a long term basis. I did not think this was worthwhile nor was it close enough to even try.
To all other readers of this condition:
I can only comment that is has been diagnosed as such, but it does not have the hair in the middle but reminds me more of a wart. They are not painful such as burning or itching, but hurt more as a sore pimple does. I believe it is more in line with the yeast or virus infection variety if I had to make a guess. Antibiotics do not seem to help at all. I find it spreading more each year to other parts of body. They can stay on skin for years in one spot. Just like a wart can stay for years than suddenly dry up and go away. When I was able to finally look at one where I could see it closely, it reminded me of a wart like pimple. When I touch it, it had no feeling. I use an antibiotic shampoo which seems to dry these up temporarily, but will not heal them. If they do get a crust on them it falls off and starts all over again. It could take 3 years or more for one protrusion to go away, if ever, and I have seen it flare up and go away in a few days, but years is more the case. Currently on antibiotics from dermatologist and antibacterial shampoo and antibacterial ointment. Doctor did take a biopsy and told me if anything other than what he suspected, he would let me know. I was never told differently. I am now determined to try different ways of trying to get rid of this. I still believe it is either a virus caused or yeast caused infection resembling folliculitis, and may so be diagnosed as such, but my history does suggest I have had problems with intestinal candida in past due to wheat sensitivity and sugar crave all my life. Is there a best remedy to try if the condition seems to be caused by an underlying yeast or possibly virus condition, and not a bacterial issue? That is the way I need to approach this now as the antibiotics have no affect now and only make the candida in my intestines worse which I counteract with Probiotics or I would get too sick. Anyone who reads this please comment and help me as I need help now before this gets at of control all over my body.
thanks and god bless as it could always be worse. I still feel lucky that this is one of my few problems at my age of 60 and I am a male in fairly good health but as I said, I did have a serious gluten issue that went undiagnosed most of my life and caused severe osteoporosis. I was very lucky that the condition reversed which is unheard of in the medical community as far as osteoporosis is concerned due to inability to absorb Vit. D3, at least that is what I was told now at the Mayo Clinic. Very lucky indeed, but this folliculitis problem is very depressing at times and I do need help."
09/06/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Greg, Sorry to hear how much you're suffering with this condition. Yes, it sounds like the root of the problem is candida. I would suggest you read Donna Gates work. I have heard her speak several times and she is a powerful and wise woman who is so very knowledgeable on this subject. She travels the world helping people to resolve this issue. There are so many problems that stem from this core issue and many people don't put that together. Anyway, I will give you a link to My Favorites page and you will find it under my favorite candida protocol.
She offers so much information on her site. I have guided a lot of people to this protocol and have seen how it changes people's lives. I would also suggest you start eating fermented veggies. Start slowly so the your body's inner terrain can adjust. This is the best way to get good bacteria into the gut and start healing. I make my own but you can also find Bubbies pickles and sauerkraut in the grocery store. It is one of the only brands that is truly fermented so it has the beneficial bacteria in it.
I wish you the best and hope some of this information can help you. Lisa"
09/06/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Greg, how did you reverse the osteoporosis? Was it just by going gluten free?"
09/06/2012: Cindy from San Diego replies: "This sounds like you would really be helped by using the hydrogen peroxide therapy mentioned at length on this site. Either the drops in water or the inhalation method. There are directions for both here. Cheap and easy with no side effects. It would handle the folliculitis and the candida both. Good luck!"
10/03/2012: Andreas from Ottawa, Ontario replies: "Phisohex soap is one of the best treatments but you are not to wash it off totally must leave a residue over night so it can help you, the only other way is buy a strong iv antibiotics."
12/21/2012: Dee from Denver, Colorado replies: "I have tried everything the only thing that works for a long period of time is acid water, its up to u how much acid to have in your solution. Keep oil away from the affected area and shampo often to open pores and drain pus. White Vinegar will clear up scars and also gives relief but acid water is the best."
02/24/2013: San Jose from San Jose, Ca replies: "I've tried everything from antibiotics to different types of shampoo. Finally, turmeric cream helps to clear it. Please try it."
[YEA] 11/05/2007: J M from San Jose, California: "I've used both apple cider vinegar and just straight up white distilled vinegar to get rid of folliculitis.
I've had folliculitis twice within the past 7 months. The first time was very very bad case of folliculitis. They looked like large pimples with hair in the center. It was all over my legs. Because they were so bad, I submerged and agitated vinegar over each leg for about an hour every night and then I let it air dry. I did this for about 6 weeks. 'The second time I got folliculitis was about a month ago. I saw the familiar tell tale signs of folliculitis starting on my calves. The small red bumps were forming, and at the center were the hair follicles. So I immediately started the vinegar treatment that night. This one took me about 3 weeks or maybe a little more. Every night I'd submerge and agitate vinegar over the affected area (and maybe a little more)
It does smell, but if you let it air dry before going to bed and then showering in the morning, the smell shouldn't be noticable to others at all if you wear jeans over it.
A little warning, I do swear that this treatment works, but it does tend to burn like crazy. This can be the most depressing hour of your life because it does burn, but the burn only lasts for about the first week or so of treatment. maybe a little longer. You'll notice that the affected spots will dry up and form scabs and eventually flake off.
Do not scratch at the spots. I suggest wearing socks over your hands and maybe evening tying them up at night when sleeping.
This truly does work!! try it. Beats antibiotics and doctor visits. I buy 3 gallons of white distilled vinegar and pour em into a bucket and put one leg at a time in. I use my hands to scoop vinegar all over the legs. I change vinegar whenever it gets cloudy.
My dermatologist had me on minocyclin 100mg for 3 months along with duac for 3 -4 months with no success. He couldn't figure out how to cure it. I gave up on him and gave in to my mom's suggestion of trying vinegar treatment. This treatment is faster than the conventional treatment of using duac for the suggested 8 weeks."Replies
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 05/23/2010: Gp from London, United Kingdom replies: "Hi just had to write to encourage others to try this cure for folliculitis, which I have had for 4 years! I stumbled across this website the other day, and wanted to try it for myself, at first I was sceptical as I like many others have been from one antibiotic, lotions, potions and creams without success, for this very embarrasing, and painful condition. I got myself a plant spray and poured pure some distilled white vinegar and sprayed my legs, which at present are covered with infected hairs and past dark red scars. Couldnt quite believe it the, the fresh spots, seemed to just disappear and my old scars dont seem so apparent. Its great! Ive only been doing it for one day! so I am definitely going to try this every day and hope to see a difference. I had visited my GP on Friday and came back very despondent with his vagueness of information on such, for me, such a debilitating condition, affecting my relationships and now my lifestyle, as the painful infected spots look just awful and my post-follicular spots look dark and horrible. There is hope, and I am hoping that vinegar can help me. Try it for yourself, with best wishes GP."
06/22/2010: Steven T. from Maine And Nj replies: "I have had folliculitis for close to 6 years, maybe a little over. I have no clue how I got it, but all I know is I need to deal with it and keep it under wraps because I am in my mid 20's and I want to feel confident and date girls again. I used to have a worse case of folliculitis, however minor in comparison to the ones I have seen on the net.
I went to the dermatologist and he prescribed antibiotics and a topical anti-fungal cream. The antibiotics worked very well, cleared me up just about completely, but then I ran out and the folliculitis came back. I only used the fungal cream when I had break outs which works very well. But now a days, the folliculitis is definitely not as severe as it was. I used to get golf ball sized puff balls on the side of my scalp and it would hurt so bad. I wouldn't want to go out at all. Now that its not as bad, they are minimized to an eraser size pimple up to a dime. I will definitely take that over golf balls! Still painful however, but not nearly as bad.
Now I am applying Clindomyacin (topical anti-fungal cream) every night after a shower and I am clearing up from my most recent attack.
I have been toying with the idea of the holistic apple cider vinegar way of curing this, and decided to give it a try as well. I started a few days ago, and already it seems like it is clearing up well. However, as anyone who suffers with folliculitis knows, this may not mean a thing because it comes and goes often. However I have high hopes and it already feels much better than it has, quick than usual. *knocks on wood* It does burn a bit when I apply if it is a freshly popped pimple. But to me it seems like putting hdyrogen peroxide on a cut, the burn is a good thing!
I will keep everyone posted in the coming weeks and hopefully we can learn and share ideas with each other and get this under control!
I have heard of using a low pH soap with a balance of 4.5. I think this is why Apple Cider Vinegar has a good chance of working because its pH is a 5. Science is certain bacteria can not live in a low pH zone unless they are adapted to that type of environment, so I am thinking this low pH liquid is actually killing it. Not sure obviously, but it seems like a feasible theory. *CROSSES FINGERS!*"
[YEA] 07/14/2011: David from Poole, Dorset, England replies: "I stumbled across this website yesterday after googling 'folliculitis', an affliction that I have had for many years. I have tried various remedies including colloidal silver, medicated soaps and scrubs and prolonged courses of antibiotics. My folliculitis has become quite extensive, covering the whole of my legs, my buttocks, the small of my back and to a lesser extent, my stomach. It is both uncomfortable and embarrassing and I would desperately like to be shot of it.
Anyway, after reading the postings here I decided to try white vinegar. Nothing fancy, when I got home from work I simply splashed it into the palm of my hand and applied it to the affected areas. It stung a bit and of course it smells quite strongly, but I allowed it to air dry then went to bed after a long night shift.
So far, I'm amazed at the difference after just one application! I have been suffering from a particularly bad recurrence after finishing a seven month course of antibiotics (that offered some relief but also seems to have developed a stronger, resistant condition), and the spots on my legs were quite large and painful. When I got up after a good sleep the difference was profound: the inflammation was considerably reduced, the itching also reduced, and the spots seem to have shrunk quite dramatically. And this is just after day one!
I'm so excited that I may have finally stumbled upon an effective remedy. Thanks to previous posters for their contributions that have pointed me in, hopefully, the right direction. Good luck to all in beating this curse."
07/11/2012: Melissa from Louisburg, Nc replies: "I wanted to post something here that I have tried in conjuction with ACV. A friend who is a Wholistic practitioner told me to try Borax with ACV. I mix it in a cup (no certain amount) until closely resembles a paste and then I put it all over my scalp but paying more attention to the worse areas. I let it set for 5 minutes and then I rinse it out. Something else I decided to try is Care Conditioner after this Borax and ACV treatment (you can get this at Beauty Supply and it comes in a gallon jug). This conditioner has no perfume or colors added to it. It is pretty much odorless, so you won't get the "your hair smells great" comments, but your scalp will feel better and your hair will look great!!!! Hope this helps someone!!!"
African Black Soap
[YEA] 12/08/2012: Anmhe from Chicago, Il: "I saw a few posts with people who suffer from scalp folliculitis. I have had folliculitis for over 25 years. It is a frustrating condition that has no apparent cure. I have tried all the forms of tetracycline, like minocin and others along with topical antiobiotics like clindamycin phosphate. I have also used medically prescribed shampoos such as capex. Basically the shampoos and topicals work for a while until the next episode.
About 3 months ago, someone introduced me to the benefits of African Black Soap. I researched as much as I could to learn about it and the antibacterial benefits of the soap. However, when I did searches for African Black Soap as a shampoo, I could not find anything. Anyway, I decided to purchase the raw form of African Black Soap from a store in Evanston IL. One night, at least two months ago, I was having the typical severe itch from folliculitis. At about 11pm, I decided I couldn't take it any longer. So I washed my hair with the pure form of the African Black Soap because I was out of medication and did not want to go visit the doctor to get a refill prescription of oral antibiotics, topical antibiotics and prescribed shampoos. Within 30 minutes, the itching subsided. I thought, well, maybe it was just the fact that I washed my hair. So I decided to wait until the next morning to see how my scalp felt. To my surprise, the itching did not return and the breakout in my scalp started to heal. Up until this point, I had never tried anything besides medication that worked other than the occassional over the counter tar shampoo containing salycylic acid.
Anyway, three days later, I felt a small itch in my scalp. So I washed my hair again. Miraculously, I had the same success, the itching subsided. It has been over two months since I've had an outbreak. I wash my hair about every three days with the pure African Black Soap. I say pure because the black soap I bought comes in chunks, directly from Africa. There are no additives or preservatives. Also, I have seen some shampoos that contain African Black Soap which I have tried. Those did not work. Anyway, I can't say for sure if the success I have had will work for anyone else, however, this is the first time in over 25 years that I have tried something to stop the breakouts and itch associated with folliculitis.
The friend that introduced me to African Black is caucasian and has folliculitis on his skin when he shaves. After he used the African black soap, his breakouts also stopped. I would suggest trying to find a store that is frequented by people of African Descent in your area and ask them who sells the African Black Soap (not the African Black Soap Shampoos that have other preservatives) or soaps just containing African Black Soap. The Black Soap that I buy comes in a huge round, made in a brown paper bag. The store where I go imports the soap from West Africa. He cuts pieces from the large round and sells it for $6 in plastic containers. You only have to use a piece the size of a dime to get the soap to lather to shampoo your hair. I also take showers with the soap as it it good for your entire body. Some people will say that African Black soap dries out your hair or skin. I found this to be the case with the liquid soaps I tried but not with the pure African Black soap chunks. This soap cleans my scalp and has rendered my scalp folliculitis dormant. As I said earlier, I wash my hair with the soap every three days. I will re post after six months to see if my success has continued. Good luck"Replies
[YEA] 02/22/2013: J from Santiago, Dominican Republic replies: "15 years of suffering from this and all it took was a splash of salicilic acid and african black soap on my entire body including hair daily. I just can't be happier. Thank God for this. Medication used to get me depressed."
Antibacterial Soap, Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric
[YEA] 10/26/2011: Jeff from Brisbane, Australia: "Hi folks, I have had folliculitis mainly on the scalp and hair line (owww! ) for 10-11 years and have been on prescribed antibiotics several times. The antibiotic treatment was less successful each time and the relief from the ailment at the last prescription was less than two weeks after the full course was taken.
I was so happy when I found this website and read so many stories similiar to mine; relief is at hand!
My approach to defeating this malady was a three pronged attack:
1. Wash hair with anti-bacterial soap;
2. Apply ACV (pew!) or anti-bacterial alcohol solution liberally to whole of scalp;
3. One teaspoon of turmeric disolved in water, drink and enjoy.
Repeat twice daily if necessary, be persistent and victory over this painful and embarrasing affliction will be yours!!!"Replies
11/02/2011: Vitor from Sidney, Australia replies: "Hi, how long have you been clear in your scalp now?
And does it still work ? I've tried alot of things, and found out that turmeric does work a little. But when I applyed ACV I feelt like the next day I got more irritations/bumps in the side of the scalp. U were talking about anti bacterial alcohol, does that means the same as anti bacterial hand gel ? Really tired of this now, so hoping to find a good cure :)"
02/06/2012: Maryherb from Visalia, Ca, United States replies: "CHINESE HERBALIST!!!! Find one!! They have a cure!!!!!"
03/08/2012: Pratibha from Banglore, India replies: "Try out applying hot water with salt. It really works, I tried. And also have a glass of water with turmeric daily which purifies the blood. Firstly apply the tooth paste on pimple and leave it dry overnight and next day morning try out this."
06/13/2012: Honeysuckle Flowers from San Jose, Ca replies: "To: Maryherb from Visalia, Ca----You are right. Thanks to your info. It took me 9 days after I drink the herbs and it is clear now. I'm so happy now. Thanks so much!"
07/31/2011: Angie from S, Indiana: "I am prone to folliculitis. Over the past 6 years I have had it twice. In both instances I felt the bumps on my scalp, had flu like sympoms and ran a fever. I was put on antibiotics and was better in a week. This past May I was again diagnosed with folliculitis. I thought it was weird that I was getting folliculitis again because I had just gotten over pneumonia and an ear infection and had been on two rounds of antibiotics.
My doctor put me on more antibiotics and I got worse. He switched me to Kflex and I took four rounds of that and got worse. I switched doctors and the new Dr. Put me on Cipra. After 10 days on Cipra, I started developing a rash on my chest, arms and legs. My face was flushed and I developed sores in my mouth. I found out I am allergic to sulfides so I decided to see a dermatologist. Before I saw him they took a culture of the blisters and tested them against different antibiotics. I took that report to the dermatologist and based on the report he put me on augmentin. I got a lot worse on augmentin.
I decided to research and I found this site. I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar and it made it worse. Tea tree oil helped and turmeric helped, but it was still spreading rapidly. Swimming made it worse. Sweating made it worse. I could feel it move and spread. It hurt and burned. I quit going to the gym.
Then I read a comment on this site about developing folliculits while on antibiotics and how it caused not a bacterial based infection, but a yeast based infection. I gave this info to my dermatologist and he took me off anitibiotics and put me on a 10 day oral antifungal medication and for the first time in 11 weeks my scalp is blister free. It is all healing up and drying up. I can't thank this site enough. I am going to continue to add turmeric to my daily vitamins because I believe that it will help prevent it from coming back. I would say that you might check into yeast even if you have had a culture taken. They took a culture of my blisters and it showed a high concentration of bacteria and the report didn't say anything about yeast, but the bacteria wasn't the problem. Good Luck!"Replies
08/05/2011: Deena from Boston, Mass replies: "Angie from Indiana: I was wondering about the antibiotic & folliculitis connection you observed. When you were done taking the antibiotics did the folliculitis infection persist?
I was prescribed and took an antibiotic for about a year, possibly longer, to treat acne on my face. I no longer take those antibiotics as now we have found topical medications that work at clearing the acne on my face. I also was given antibiotics 2 years ago when my mono was misdiagnosed as a upper respiratory infection, from what I remember. But I still have what I believe to be is foliculitis on my stomach and have had it there for a while, a year or so. I was just too embarassed to talk to someone about it or get any answers. Now I want to be free of this problem, I realize it is not something to be embarassed about it is something I need to figure out how to get taken care of. I have been applying vinegar and alcohol to the infection at least once a day for a week now (usually I apply 2-3 times a day). I have started using an antibiotic ointment on the infection (do you think this would help?) and applying tea tree oil (kills yeast) for 2 days now. I am seeing a little improvement, but I am still considering setting up an appointment with my dermatologist. :/"
08/10/2011: Angie from S, In replies: "Hi Deena... The folliculitis is back... So now I'm not sure about the yeast. I have scalp psoriasis so I have been prone to folliculititis before, but this time seemed so different. I still believe that my folliculitis started during the antibiotics I was on for pneumonia, and I really feel that I have had issues with yeast, but now I think it has been yeast and bacteria. I am hoping that the yeast is cleared up and now we are focusing on the bacteria. I was just put on Dioxicyclen... Not sure that spelling is right, the folliculitis has cleared but isn't gone.... I can still see pink at the base of my hair follicles. I am taking turmeric and I can feel it work. I am taking it inbetween the times that I take the antibiotic. I have also eliminated sugar and gluten from my diet in hopes that it will help. At the end of the month I see a doctor locally that is an MD but also has an "alternative" degree and he prescribes at lot of herbs, suppliments etc. He also tests a lot of levels in your body that traditional doctors don't so I am hopeful he can help as well. I would like to clear it up. When it breaks out... I feel like I have the flu and it hurts... You can buy an over the counter yeast medicine and take it and see how you feel. When I took the diflucan, I felt sooooo much better. My scalp felt cooler and the spots healed up. It was immediate. I think the tea tree oil is good. I added a few drops to my shampoo. I didn't have luck with vinegar, but a lot of people have. I think the turmeric has helped as well. Good Luck!"
08/22/2011: Carrie from Dallas, Tx replies: "Hello, I have had this problem for two years now, thousands in dematologist appointments, my doctor gave up on me. We tried many antibiotics, and anti fungal body wash.... Could you tell me the type of anti-yeast/fungal medicine your doctor prescribed? My doctor took a test, and said I came back negitive for fungus.... yet my case sounds very similar to yours."
10/26/2011: Paddy from Belfast, Ulster, Ireland replies: "I have had folliculitis on my scalp for just over a year now and it is seriously affecting my confidence. I haven't been able to get my hair shaved properly compared to what I used to, and have been taking all types of antibiotics for over a year along with scalp treatment and special shampoos also but recently it has been getting worse.
Has your problem came back ever since you ended your anti fungal tablets or have they began to appear yet again once you finished the tablets?"
10/16/2012: Bats from Perth, Wa replies: "It's clear reading the posts here that there are many causes as well as many potential rememdies to the problem. Some work for some people whilst not for others. The only time in 12 years that my folliculitis has gone away has been as a side effect of taking antibiotics for sinus or chest infections (1 course in every 1 or 2 years). The problem has gone for up to 4 months at a time but has always returned. I have only ever had antibiotics specifically for this problem on one occasion. A 1 month course. It took the problem away after a week but it returned after 3 weeks, I. E. before I'd even finished taking the anitbiotics.
I have recently taken a stronger antibiotic for a bad sinus infection that I had had for 4 weeks. Sure enough the folliculitis has gone away and I've been free of it for a month now. It remains to be seen how long it will be gone for this time.
One thing is for sure, the fact that it goes when I take antibiotics proves that my problem is related to a bacteria not a fungus or diet etc. That will not be the case for everyone.
I just have to find a permanent cure now, although I have no doubt that I will have to take antibiotics again for a sinus or chest infection, I have no deisre to take them for folliculitis."
12/28/2012: Urbanite from London, Brixton replies: "My damn folliculitis has hit me at least once a year for the past 15 years (now 31). In the beginning I only ever got it when I was on holiday in a very hot climate. On my shoulders, a little on my chest. It was clear that my slightly sunburnt skin, mixed with sea water, sweat and sun lotion caused it. Every single holiday I'd get it. Then in my early 20's I got it all around my hairline, down by my ears, jaw and chest but never across my chest just the middle upper part. Not golf ball size lumps like some of you describe, just zits, big and small. Never ever below the chest-this also lead me to think it was a hormonal thing. I had always gone to the doctors to get antibiotocs. I have obsessive skin picking disorder too so have made many scars over the years and no doubt always prolong and aggravate it when it does hit. I'm an attractive lady but this has made me cover up, stay indoors, miss events and all sorts. Maybe once a year I find myself blemish free and clear and able to flaunt my body in a sexy outfit, I like my skirt to be restricting, not my skin damit!
Anyway, can you believe I am now 31 and this is the first time I've researched ''natural remedies folliculitis''! ? Clearly I'm an idiot. Hands down, from what I have read today I'm going with the white distilled vinegar, I'll report on how it goes.
I have it bad right now all around my hairline and I started at a gym 3 weeks ago so believe it to be that (sweat, the pool, spa). Well, I believe SWEAT is the cause of every breakout (on myself), the lumps and bumps appear right where predomenantly sweat, then it spreads. I am VERY confused by the diet thing; if it is something I eat I would love to know but have never been able to suss that out. Like many of you, I'm frustrated that I get this damn thing when I do not eat junk food, I eat fruit, a huge range of veg, Quinoa and grains - who knows, it could be the good stuff that actually causes it? I have also been eating loads of Marmite, would that cause it? Ah who knows! ?! What I also can't understand is; if I use antibacterial soap everyday will this not interfer with my natural Ph and basically screw that up so my skin becomes worse (unable to fight any germs by itself)? I have often felt that I bring it on myself by OVER washing and over scrubbing. Am so confused. I hope my rant helps someone, as well as someone answering me, as I have found each and every post useful and supportive. Thank you everyone. :)"
12/28/2012: Vinegar Friend from Dale City, Va replies: "Folliculitis sufferer have no fear! Do not use White Distilled Vinegar to remedie yourself. Use Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother. Check out this site and many others. Follow the reciepe provided. Vinegar, water, honey. It works! Natural bacteria fighter."
Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 02/26/2012: Joe from San Diego, Ca: "Check dis out I have always wondered what I had on my chin area white heads dat would go away when I shaved and then come back tried everything would go away 4 a minute and then get used 2 whatever I was using and come back what a bad feeling 2 b out and your whole face looking clear and these pus filled bumps wud start coming out on my chin area please please try da ACV apple cider vinegar it works can't believe it finally a million thanks 2 all da peeps who posted on having follicoltis dis changed my life woot woot!"
09/24/2011: Dean B from Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England: "I've been diagnosed with foliculitus of the scalp, I've used different antibiotics and also tea tree oil and lavender but it's not stopped the itching.
I've had it for 3 months now, and I've restarted taking the anti-biotics again and before I had lots of scabs and sores around the back of my head and crown but now they have gone, but I still have itching.... so I bought some ACV, only one I could find was apple cidre vinegar, I applied two teaspoons to 250ml of warm water and applied to the itching areas of the scalp, and then wrapped a towel around my head and washed it off after 15 mins and then washed twice as normal with my normal shampoo, which is E45.
Now it usually stops the itching, but today it's itching more than it has in awhile and I lost more hair when washing last night, I'm a 26 yr old guy and been thinning for awhile, but now I have this itchy scalp I've lost more, but after using ACV again last night, I lost more than I have in awhile. I've used it 4-5 now over the past weeks.
So will the mother raw ACV help me more? Â Is it the best for scalp infections like folicilitus? I don't have the scabs so much now but have itches all over my head.
So how much ACV should I apply when washing? Should I do it before washing then shampoo or shampoo as normal then apply ACV and leave on, and if so, how long do I leave it on for?
Is it also a good idea to drink it too, to kill anything causing this follicilutis from inside me?
Anymore advice on Apple Cider Vinegar to get rid of this folicilutis is much appreciated. Thankyou.
Please reply, I really need this advice so I know what to do, as the itching is so annoying."Replies
09/25/2011: Liz from Denver, Co replies: "Are you sure it is that- I would have you check in with any shampoo or conditioner you may have started using within the time, maybe you dyed your hair? I sometimes get this sort of thing if I use anything with silicone in it- just eliminate all chemical hair things you use to see if there is a change- use vinegar and beer and baking soda as a hair wash for a couple weeks to detox- dilute a bunch- Good Luck"
10/07/2011: Sarah from San Francisco, Ca. replies: "I have been researching folliculitis for so long now, because I get rashes on my chest and shoulders all the time. Have been on all sort of meds. The itchy scalp and rash thing also could be demedox mites. Something I had never heard of until recently, but found are very well known in Asia and eastern europe as being the culprit for these conditions. The one thing that seems to work is Diatomaceous earth. It is drying to the hair, so better to apply on thr scalp only and wear a cap to bed. It kills the mites. It also dries up acne on the body. I had acne on my lower back that would not go away. After about 3 days of DE dusted in my skin, it was gone and hasn't returned. The rash on my shoulders and chest came back though, so I am now using ACV and the DE for that. Many people are afraid to use the DE, but I have for months and it is harmless. Food grade diatomaceous earth, it had so many wonderful uses. A bit messy, but worth it. Look into it. It helped me when nothing else did. :) I also put it on my dog for fleas and drink it in the morning, It cleans your insides and makes your skin bright."
09/13/2011: Deaaan from Wolverhampton, England: "I haven't got any H202 at the moment, so I can I use just use the ACV? I read two tablespoons of ACV with a cup of water, mix it round and pour onto the scalp, then put a towel round your head for 15mins and then remove towel and wash as normal? How's that sound? Would that amount be ok and would 15mins be sufficient in getting rid of my scalp infection?
I currently use E45 shampoo, its SLS free, so is that okay?
I'm going to do it tonight, so reply asap!! Thanks."
[YEA] 01/08/2011: Natalie from Doncaster, England: "just wanted say that I have had folliculitis for over three years, I had tried antibiotics, creams etc. I began to lose hope...... Until I came across using apple cider vineager 50/50 solution on the affected areas. In my case face, chest, torso sometimes legs. It worked almost immediately, within days, when I don't use the vineager solution it gradually comes back until I start to bathe the areas with the Apple Cider Vinegar again.
I also find that sea salt scrubs and baths help too. I wanted to post this as it is the only thing that has made a dramatic difference to this horrible condition. I hope this helps some one else."
Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric
05/26/2009: Kathy from Livermore, Ca: "I just came down with what I thought was a horrible case of acne, something I have never had. It was painful and covering my face and neck. Just from reading your site in the past I decided to use ACV on a cotton pad. It really took it down quite a bit. But what really made it turn the table was some powder that was sent to me as a freeby when I ordered some magnesium. I think it's a bi product of mica mining. It was down right amazing. Today I just got back from the Dr. who diagnosed it as folliculitis not acne, he wants me on antibiotics. Once I heard the diagnosis, I did further research on your site, I will now try turmeric as well. I was scared enough to take the antibiotics when the Dr. said it was caused by strep or staph, but just swallowed some turmeric instead, I will let you know if it clears it completely...meanwhile I'm covered in ACV and mica dust which has been a life saver!"Replies
12/14/2011: Janet from Elkin, Nc, Usa replies: "Exactly what is the dust that came with the Magnesium? I'm looking into all possible remedies for my husband. He has had folliculitis on his scalp for nearly 15 years. We have just cut all yeast out of our diet and are severely cutting back on carbs and sugar. I think we will start a vinegar soak later this week, but I'm trying to figure out all possible avenues. Thanks for your help! I hope to be posting his solution soon!!"
[YEA] 08/02/2012: Jay from Moncton, Nb, Canada replies: "I used a tumeric paste, boiling water and powdered tumeric from the microwave. Applied it topically, covered with paper towels and wore my boxers to bed.
So far, for the last month, I've had no more pubic itch, which I believe was folliculitis caused by shaving. This is the first time in 2 years that the symptoms have been absent for this amount of time!
What an easy (knock on wood) remedy. I suggest anybody try it. So simple, so try it!"
Borax and Hydrogen Peroxide
[YEA] 12/30/2007: Teresa from Sumner, WA: "re: dermodetic mites on face. BORAX and PEROXIDE. Thank you Ted for your wonderful postings. You are truly the answer to peoples' prayers. I have been to many doctors and was told that what I had was acne and' folliculitus. I read your cures and decided to try it since nothing the doctors gave me (antibiotics, steroid creams and even Accutane) have helped. I thought it couldn't be that simple but it was. So to all the skeptics give it a try (borax and peroxide) You are truly an honest man and compassionate. Thank you"Replies
04/19/2010: Jb from San Diego, California Usa replies: "I would like to know how to use the borax and hydrogen peroxide. How do you mix it? How much do you use, and how often? Thank you."
EC: Please see the rosacea section for more details:
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 03/23/2011: Juan from Los Angeles, California: "Id been suffering with Folliculitus on my scalp for five months. In the beginning of it I had confused it with a pimple. So I popped it and continued shaving my head like always since 1997. Days went by and more of them would come out. I would pop them and would continued with my normal routine. Until I notice that these bumps on my scalp were not pimples but something else. The more I would shave the more it would spread. Did some research on webmd and bam Folliculitus. I was hoping that it would go away on its own but no luck. I would aggravate it more when I would go to do my MMA classes.
On the Fourth month of the curse it got to the point where the itching was unberable and by scrachting it, the bumps would get bigger and the pain was intolarable. My head was looking horrible embarrassing sick. Went to urgent care and told me to stop shaving, stop the MMA classes and take antibiotics Doxycicline and use an antiseptic for cleaning off all the pus that would come out. It work for about three days and came back worse than before. The itching was hell I could almost feel the bacteria moving around my scalp and then the pain was so bad that it would wake me up from my sleep. I was not able to rest my head for a long time in one position because it would create pressure on the bumps. I became very desperate for some kind of relief. Checked out some sites on the internet stumble on this one and tried EVERYTHING!!!!
Turmeric 6 tablets a day didnt work, Apple white vinegar daily wash relief for some minutes but nope didnt work, mupirocin antibiotic oinment nope, clotrimazole antifungal cream nope didnt work, Lamisil nope, Alcohol nope, Witch hazel nope, until a memory ran through my head of a time I rubbed against poison oak. Calamine lotion!!! When I had poison oak rash on my forearm the itching was hell and the oozing was disgusting and contagious.
Bought the Calamine CLEAR lotion, got home washed up and rubbed that Calamine on my scalp. It work like Heaven. The itching stop instantly and the next morning my scalp was looking wayyyyy better. I still have some bumps but the relief from the itching and that thumping pain is gone. I also order Terrasil its on its way but for now the Calamine Clear lotion is good very good the only thing that has work for me. The Clear one because I dont want to be walking around work with the pink Calamine on my head. Folliculitus is very embarrasing to have. The pain and itching is hell. Im ready to get rid of it im doing everything right to stop it from living on my scalp. Hopefully this advice will help those who suffer from it!"Replies
04/30/2011: Joe from Charlotte, Nc replies: "you have pityrosporum/mallassezia folliculitis. its caused by the same fungus that causes foot fungus. Mallassazia furfur. If you shaved your head before mma class and "rolled" on the mats the foot fungus would easily get into your pores/hair follicles. standard clotrimazole wont work and antibiotics will only make it worse. go to a dermatologist and get a prescription for diflucan and ketoconzole cream. the longer you wait the more systemic it will become."
11/04/2011: Karlene from London, Uk replies: "Try oil of oregano and go on a yeast free, sugar free diet for awhile. This means reduced carbs as well. It was not easy but this is how mine got cured."
02/06/2012: Maryherb from Visalia, Ca, United States replies: "I am not a chinese doctor or even asian!! GO SEE A CHINESE HERBALIST THEY CURED ME!!!!!!!"
06/13/2012: Honeysuckle Flowers from San Jose, Ca replies: "Thank you to Maryherb from Visalia, Ca. I went to a CHINESE HERBALIST in San Jose, CA. He told me that I had to take 15 days in order to see the results. I only finished the 9th day and my scalp has been clear. I'm so happy now. Thanks again!"
11/14/2012: Tommy from San Jose, Ca replies: "Hey honeysuckle. What Chinese herbalist did you see in San Jose? I'm in the area and I have folliculitis."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 09/14/2010: Cath from Brunswick, Georgia: "I was so scared I had a staph infection I went to a dermatologist in June. Yes, folliculits! And, I said, WHAT! I was put on Cipro which is what they give for anthrax! So, I guess it killed any staph. But the ugly sores dot my chest, arms and legs. My health food store guy researched and said Coconut Oil was now being recommended. You put it all over your body twice a day and take a tablespoon. Taste is kinda blah. Seems to clear up the scabs and starts the healing process. Compared to what you all have written I must have a minor case. You have some real horror stories. So I'm gonna up the treatment with some of the stuff mentioned here. Screw these medical sites that say it goes away soon!"
Colloidal Silver, Witch Hazel
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 01/12/2013: Reem from Annandale, Va: "I've always had skin issues, and used to suffer from folliculitis and other ailments related to the hair follicules. However, I think the current condition I have may be different. I have folliculitis-like pustules on my thighs and bikini area, but it was on-set, I believe, by taking a Bikram Yoga class or by the beginning of the Fall season (which coincided with each other). Last year, a similar episode happened to me around the same time of year. I went to the dermatologist, who prescribed antibiotics which I reluctantly took--it healed the condition, until I decided to try bikram again this year (almost exactly a year later and during the same season). It's come back. This time, I tried to treat it by ingesting Colloidal Silver and using Witch Hazel topically, which seems to help but not heal. I also noticed that the pustules go away completely while I'm on my menstrual cycle, but resurge as soon as I'm done. That is why I think it may not actually be folliculitis. I'd really rather not have to go to the doctor again because I feel like he'll just give me the same antibiotics as last time without actually diagnosing the problem. Any advice or help?"