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, Sulphur Tablets
- 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
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[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!"
[YEA] 10/25/2013: David from Florida: "In response to:
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!"
I have had folliculitis on my inner and outer thighs for about 2 years. It is a very embarassing skin ailment. It made me afraid of having intercourse with girls because I didnt want them to see the disgusting red rashes on my legs, and so I would like to share what worked for me so that you do not have to suffer like I did. I think my biggest mistake was not treating it right away and letting it spread and grow stronger.
I have tried everything.
First I tried mupirocin. I applied it directly to each rash for many nights. It worked for some of them but not all. Furthermore, the rashes came back eventually. My dermatologist told me to put it in a Q-tip and to put it in my nose 2 times a day for 5 nights as well. She said that is where the bacteria lived if you are a carrier of it in your blood. It did work, but not enough
Then I tried applying Apple Cider Vinegar and White Distilled Vinegar to a Q-tip and applying it to each rash, and then letting it dry for 10 minutes. This was completely unsuccessful.
Finally, I bought colloidal silver (100 PPM) and sulphur tablets. THESE WERE MY MIRACLE CURE. THE RASHES WERE GONE THE NEXT DAY. I STILL HAVE 1 RASH ON MY LOWER STOMACH, BUT IT HAS FADED SIGNIFICANTLY AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT IT WILL DISAPPEAR SOON. I SUGGEST YOU TRY THIS, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE EXCEPT LIKE 20 DOLLARS.
Note that each person is different. it may work for you or it may not, but I pray for you.
Good Luck. David"Replies
05/17/2014: Shashi from India replies: "Are these still working for you??"
06/29/2014: Michelle from Ma, US replies: "I second that. Is the treatment for folliculitis still working? Any specific site that you might recommend buying those items. Thanks and I am very happy for you. I personally have suffered from this for 10 years, it is now a full body rash. I have tried everything. White finger helps but does not get rid of it all. Once again David, Congratulation!"
[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?"
10/13/2012: Bats from Perth, Wa: "I have had what I believe is a form of scalp follicultis for about 12 years. The only thing that I can relate it to was starting at a gym and therefore sweating more than normal for an hour 3 or 4 times a week. I still gym about 6 times a week and also sometimes work outdoors in the heat of summer, so sweat ALOT!
Having had acne is my teens/twenties, I assumed it was just a side effect of a greasey skin/hair. I noticed that the only time it ever cleared up was when I went on a course of antibiotics. I am susceptible to sinusitis and bronchitis in the winter. Some years I can get away with no colds, but if I catch a cold and it hasn't gone of its own accord in 3 weeks, antibiotics are the ONLY thing to clear it. The infection could last for months otherwise. And the side-effect of taking the antibiotics was that the folliculitis went away.... usually for about 4 months.
More recently I was put on antibiotics after a tooth extraction. I hadn't had antibiotics for well over a year. The folliculitis went away but only for two weeks. I mentioned this to my doctor who put me on a course for a month - this time specifically for the spots. Spots went away after a week but came back before I'd finished the course. This had never happened before. I have been referred to a dermatologist now and am due to see him later this month.
I recently had a case of sinusitis which had the usual effect of laying me low for 4 weeks. Got tired really quickly. 1st batch of antibiotics started to work, then the sinus infection came back before I finished them, so I was put on a combination of amoxycillin & potassium clavulanate. The 2nd ingredient is meant to help antibiotics overcome resistant bacterial strains. It worked on both the sinus infection AND the folliculitis and I find myself free of scalp zits once again. It remains to be seen how long that lasts but I think I'm going to put the dermatologist visit on hold until the problem returns.... which I'm guessing it will.
Other remedies I have tried.... Medicated shampoo, T Gel.. Tea tree shampoo... Keeping pillow cases and towels as clean as possible. Cutting out wheat, alcohol, dairy produce from my diet. None of these had the slightest effect.
I'm sure my immune system is below par. I had glandular fever when I was 20 and, ever since, some colds can easily turn into a sinus or chest infection and lay me low with flu type symptoms for weeks/months when most people would recover without any real problems.
I'm loathe to take any antibiotic long term, even though it is the only thing to work... Albeit the problem has, so far, always returned. It is BLISS when it goes away!!
I'll try a few of the remedies suggested here. Turmeric? Well I eat curry regularly so get alot of this already. Not sure I want to smell of vinegar all day and, being on the scalp, creams/ointments are not easy to apply.
And I also get quite deep pernicious spots on the face - the cheek area specifically. These spots take months to clear and are much deeper in the skin than the scalp spots. Worst of all, they often leave a pock mark scar. These also go when I take antibiotics. They are also more prevalent in the winter. As with acne, UV does help to keep them at bay. When a teenager, I loved sunbathing because UV ALWAYS killed the acne. It was the only time it went away! I'll probably get skin cancer but as any acne infested teenager will tell you, it'd have been worth it!"Replies
10/14/2012: D M from Orlando, Fl replies: "If your folliculitis responds to antibiotics, it is probably caused by one or more types of bacteria. Try applying a mixture of aloe vera, turmeric, charcoal (studies show definite gradual improvement when charcoal is used on skin ulcers caused by staph), and if itch is present, powdered cloves. Charcoal adsorbs bacteria, but stains fabric, so you may wish to apply the mixture at night and protect your sheets with a towel that you do not mind staining. The charcoal and herbs will not be effective if applied dry; apply in a moist application like aloe vera, a wet poultice, or water. A squirt (i.e. , from a spray bottle) of pure water can keep your application moist and effective for a longer time. Eat a diet low in sugar, with plenty of fruits and vegetables (including onions/garlic and raw produce). Get lots of water and rest. Your hygiene regimen sounds perfect. Best wishes! :)"
10/15/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Bats, Reading your story, I would venture to say that candida is most likely at the root of your problems. You have taken an awful lot of antibiotics throughout your life and they have destroyed your gut flora and candida becomes out of control when this occurs. Instead of just trying lots of topical things that don't seem to eradicate the problem, you may want to start with ridding the candida and re-introducing good bacteria back into your body's ecosystem. I suggest reading "The Body Ecology Diet". I have seen this help many people and have given this book as a gift to friends who have seen their health turn around. You'd be interested in the author's story too because her health spiraled downward because as a teenager plagued with acne, she was constantly put on antibiotics. This led to the demise of her health and she began doing some serious research on what exactly was going on. As a result, she has been a speaker all over the world on candida and how to eradicate it and restore one's health.
I am including a link to her candida quiz: http://bodyecology.com/candida-quiz/
Anyway, I hope this information helps. Lisa"
10/16/2012: Bats from Perth, Wa replies: "Thanks for the replies -
DM your concoction sounds intriguing but I have to say there is no way I'll be applying it to my scalp! I'd have to wear a turban. Some remedies are just a step too far for me. But I'd agree that the problem is clearly bacterial given the response to anitibiotics.
Which brings me to candida that Lisa talks about. Well a girlfriend I had about 10 years ago was convinced that candida was the cause of all of her health problems and, indeed, the cause of everyone else's too. I did an awful lots of reading on the subject and couldn't see anything in it as far as I was concerned. My tiredness (at the time) was due to stress and working long hours. I do neither now, and don't have a problem. I also went on the various health regimes that she tried. All to no effect. But it is the reason why I am loathed to take antibiotics long term. I don't see it as 'healthy' for the body.
In this case though, the bacterial infection option sounds far more plausible than the fungal infection idea.... Or is Lisa suggesting that once the candida is removed from the body the body's own immune system will be better able to reject the bacterial infection on the skin?..... And the sinuses too?
I'd like to add that I have never had antibiotics for acne. But being prone to bronchitis and sinusitis, however, probably have a 1 week course every other year (on average) over the last 30 years. I simply cannot get over the infections without them.
Antibiotics certainly aren't causing the scalp problem, as others have suggested. I have been taking antibiotics over the last 30 years and the problem only started about 12 years ago.
One thing is clear... There are many causes of this ailment and possibly as many cures. Everyone is different and I seriously doubt that there is one 'cure all'. In some cases there may well be no 'cure' at all."
10/16/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Bats, Yes, I am suggesting exactly that. Once you have cleared your body of the candida the body will be able to take care of itself. Both the scalp and the sinuses. Our bodies are governed by how we treat them and what we put in them. Once you clear the candida, you will see lots of changes for the better. Also, you will want to continually replenish your gut with fermented foods or drinks which is the ideal way to get the good bacteria into your body. One can take the probiotic supplements but you don't know how much is actually surviving the stomach acid and also it is expensive. I also suggest, you work to continually detox the body. I do this in many ways such as far infrared saunas, herbs, sodium thiosulfate, etc.
And I understand you never took antibiotics for acne but you did for both sinusitis and bronchitis. Well, antibiotics are antibiotics. It doesn't matter what you used them for- they destroy the good bacteria allowing the candida to run amok. Right now, because of your condition, it appears the only thing that takes care of these two issues are antibiotics but once you heal your body, that will not be the case. I helped my own daughter when she was 22 with this exact issue and now at 26, she has not had to use antibiotics ever again since then. Hope this info helps. Lisa"
10/17/2012: Bats from Perth, Wa replies: "The bottom line is, Lisa, that I tried all this stuff about candida years ago when both myself and my then girlfriend suffered from chronic fatigue symptoms. She was obsessed with the subject! It made no difference to either of us after 2 years... Which I reckon is a long enough trial. What DID make a differenece was to find a less stressful & more interesting job and a better climate to live in! Hey I only get fatigued now when I try to do too much! Now there's a surprise!
I took the test on your link and basically I am nowhere near a risk for candida. I scored low. Very low! Most of the supposed symptoms pretty much anyone will have had at sometime. I wasn't impressed.
Then they tried to sell me some product, which is where I lost interest. Without proper clinical trials I am unlikely ever to be convinced of something that relies heavily on anecdotal evidence & hearsay.
Bottom line... I don't have candida, even if I believed it was a problem. I am not the sort of person to believe in something just because someone wrote a book on the subject or has a website. Unfortunately too many people believe coz they want to. It may well have worked for some people (such as Lisa)... It may just be psychosomatic. Well good for them. But having researched the subject I came away not believing much at all. Especially when the person concerned has a vested interest in making money out of it.
I mean, I have never taken the cycline type antibiotics, only basic amoxycilin. I have never taken AB for more than 1 week at a time (let alone a month or more) & I have never taken more than 4 courses in a year (like 1 every two years at most, as I've said) so, even by their own measurement, I am not a risk.
I'll happily try turmeric if the problem recurs. It's cheap and easy to administer (orally I can do! ) and there is medical evidence to show that it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. But covering my head in a mixture of charcoal and aloe vera other stuff? Well, no, sorry DM, that sounds like a quack cure to me... Though I'd be less sceptical if the problem wasn't on my scalp!
Some things are just a step too far!"
06/05/2013: Bats from Perth, Wa replies: "Cured - after 12 years I've actually found something that works. After referral to a skin specialist, his conclusion was that is was definitely folliculitis, BUT that there was NO KNOWN cure for it. It was probably caused by a bacteria, given that there was some response to antibiotics and that I could have a test to find out which one. I declined this, as knowing what it was wouldn't actually help any.
He prescribed some anti acne medication, but I never used the prescription, as it was over $100. He also suggested I try Selsun Gold shampoo. As it's actually an anti dandruff shampoo (I don't have dandruff) I guess that there is an anti-bacterial componenet that also kills the bacteria that causes my problem.
I started using Selsun once every 2-4 days using other shampoos in between (I shampoo at least once a day, due to strenuous outdoor work & gym visits). There was a marked improvement.
I now use it pretty much daily and the problem has gone completely. It remains to be seen if this is a long-term cure."
02/24/2012: Save Us All from Abq, Nm: "Been suffering from scalp folliculitis for a few years now. I clear when I am on anti-biotics but it returns shortly after treatment. Tried ACV internally, tea tree oil shampoos, all natural shampoos, t-gel etc.
I wanted to post an update as of 1/11/12. I've stopped using shampoo altogether and just used the water from boiling guava leaves (they have medicinal properties look it up on the web). Let it cool put it into a bottle and then use it to rinse the area on my scalp for a few weeks every day until the sores go down and then every other day. My itchy scalp and sores have all healed up and I no longer get breakouts like I did with every other treatment I've used. It turns out that my itchy sores were caused by some sort of allergic reaction to the chemicals in the shampoo.
Okay as of 2/24/12 I have been getting some spots on my scalp and the itchiness has returned. Scalp folliculitis is an odd ailment. It comes and goes but never goes away completely. It is downright disgusting and an irritating ordeal. I pray we find a common solution once and for all.
I will continue to experiment to see. Gonna go see a Chinese herbalist too."
06/17/2011: Dolphins7 from Youngstown, Ohio, United States: "Ive been including turmeric in my diet, and Apple Cider Vinegar and peroxdie and borax in showers, what I find is that in the mornings scabs formed over the pimples.. is this a sign of progress? Iodine also has helped a particular stubborn zit scab, is this a sign its healing underneath? Whats the best way to really get under the skin and open the pores to cleanse them with the borax acv peroxide? How long will it take? and once its gone whats the best way to keep them from reocurring."
[YEA] 03/08/2011: Lola1978 from New Orleans, La: "I have had severe folliculitis on my butt area for over 5 years. I have tried everything, including multiple trips to the dermatologist. For several years I thought I had acne, but after lots of research I have determined it is folliculitis. I've taken oral anitbiotics, used apple cide vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, tumeric - to no avail. But finally, I've found something that is working - hibiclens. Its an antibacterial wash that can be found at the drug store. Doctors use it before surgery. You should only use it once a week, and you need to make sure to mositurize. My dermatologist reccommended CeraVe moisturizer daily, to protect the skin. Also, she prescribed an antibacterial foam called Clindamyclin which is working. I have stopped using my scrubber in the shower, as it is a bacterial breeding ground and only use my hands to wash with no. Also, she said I should never re-use a towel. So far this process has worked incredibly well and I'm completely clear."Replies
[YEA] 04/30/2012: Canon from Asheboro, Nc replies: "I also have had pretty severe foliculitus on my butt for around 4 years and recently tried Hibiclens to my benefit. The stuff really does help, however, it still doesnt clear it completely up for me. I use it twice a day in the shower. Nonetheless, Im still trying to find other remedies to completely clear it. Let me know if you find anything else as well!"
[YEA] 06/23/2014: Eh from New England, US replies: "I also thought I had acne and tried so many treatments, peroxide, Salylic acid, tea tree oil, retinoids, etc. Hibiclens hasn't cleared it up 100%, but the difference is amazing and almost overnight."
[YEA] 05/29/2012: Honeysuckle Flowers from San Jose, Ca: "Hello, I've been having this problem for more than 5 years. I've seen 3 different specialists. Also, I've been to the best dermatologist in the Bay Area... First, he gave me terracyclin for 2 months. Around 2 weeks after I finished the medication and the pimples came back more on my scalp. Then he gave me Doxycycline for another 2 months... The symptoms were worst.
I finally went to see a Chinesse Herbalist. My scalp has been clean. Please find one herbalist in your area and ask them to give you honeysuckle flowers."Replies
06/08/2012: "Do you make tea out of the herb and drink it? How long does it take to see results? Are the results permanent?"
06/13/2012: Honeysuckle Flowers from San Jose, Ca replies: "Yes, you have to make tea out of the herb. It took me 2 hours to boil it because you have to use 4 cups of water and boil it until it becomes 1 cup. They were mix with 5-6 types of herbs including honeysuckle flowers, but they told me the honeysuckle flowers was the main thing.
They told me that I had to take it for 15 days to see the results; however, I just finished the 9th day and my scalp was clear. Now, I only need to boil the honeysuckle flowers by itself. Please try it. I'm really happy with the result."
11/18/2012: Tommy Guns from San Jose, Ca replies: "Hey honey suckle which Chinese herbalist did u see in San Jose? I live here and I am trying to get help. Let me know. Thank you."
11/22/2012: Adrian from Encino, Ca replies: "that tea really sounds promising... Do u have the number to that herbalist... If so... Can u post it"
11/25/2012: Adrian from Encino, Ca replies: "that tea really sounds promising... Do u have the number to that herbalist... If so... Can u post it"
12/04/2012: Tommygunz from San Jose, Ca replies: "The number to the place I went is 408-972-8811 according to yelp. Its called thien hung on senter rd in san jose ca. I think the guy who was working is Viet. I couldn't really get across to him what I was looking for so I said F it and just grabbed the most expensive honey suckle flowers he had. He had 2 different ones and one cost $17 the other was $27. It's a pretty big bag too. Bag says 16oz and they are just brownish dried up honey suckle flowers. I'm also taking bactrim anti-biotic and shampooing with ketoconazole and a 2% zinc shampoo. I lost a lot of hair but my hair has stopped falling out so now I just need to figure out how to get it to regrow. I'll let u guys know how the honey suckle tea works but I also changed my diet. I eat less fried foods and more salads and veggies. I'm also over dosing on probiotics as well. I'm definitely better now then I was a month ago but far from cured."
[NAY] 05/30/2013: Rhebs from Washington, Dc replies: "I did try honeysuckle but it did not work... the taste is awful. I throw away the rest of the organic honeysuckle I ordered. I know that dairy products specially cheese makes me flare up. So I avoid pizza or anything with cheese. Also, pets like dogs makes my folliculitis inflamed too. After work I will buy the African black soap... I will let you know."
[NAY] 02/02/2014: Alice from Huntington Beach, Ca replies: "When I got folliculitus this was the 1st thing I tried b/c my mother is Chinese and she got me a whole bag of this from the Asian market. I was drinking this by making a tea from this dried flower every day and it did nothing for me."
05/18/2014: Valentino from San Jose, Ca replies: "Where did you exactly go to get the herbs I also live in San Jose and been suffering with scalp folliculitis since a few years and tried all the above remedies and it's now spreading to my face back neck arms and chest. I feel like my life is over plz help!! You can email me at valsmilezz(at) gmail(dot) com"
05/18/2014: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hello Valentino;
Re your folliculitis...
If you google "folliculitis causes" you'll see that folliculitis can be caused by bacteria, virus or fungus.
Or a combination of them all (BVF).
I recently had a "live blood microscopy" performed on my blood and the evidence showed more than normal fungi present. I make and take colloidal silver but the microscopy technician suggested I needed the CS THREE times a day on empty stomach to kill the fungi.
I don't have folliculitis but if I did, I'd not only be on three doses of CS daily but would be applying CS plus Echinacea topically twice daily. There are also some good anti fungals as OTCs. Lamisil is one that is good. To apply the CS topically I use DMSO as a solvent and penetrant. Good google site; "DMSO sixty minutes Dr.Jacobs youtube" and you'll find a three part series on DMSO. The DMSO by itself might help.
The point is; consider finding a live cell microscopy center to confirm what it is that is causing the infection. If you have a GOOD dermatologist s/he could do a scraping and determine if a fungus is the cause; however, there might also be a virus accompanying the infection and so an anti fungal may not be enough to finish off the infection.
Also I mentioned Echinacea. The WONDERFUL Echinacea. I've found "Vitamin Shopp" has the best brand...a dense, black kind that is powerful...apply topically and ten minutes later reapply to worst area. (It's the Vitamin Shopp brand of Echinacea that I like so much.) Re apply every hour for eight hours. Wash off and start over. Do this for three days. Also take five drops in glass of water and drink. Repeat every three hours. Eight times in a day for five days. Echinacea enhances the immune system. But applied topically is a wonderful killer of microbes.
A good live cell microscopy worker might also be able to suggest what foods you could be having problems with which could be feeding the infection...you might have a carb metabolism problem for instance.
If you ask around at numerous health food stores if they know of a live cell microscopy expert, you should be able to find one in most metro areas.
Don't give up.
Note I've suggested the following...Using CS internally and topically; Echinacea; and Live Cell analysis to SEE what is going on ... on the cellular level. I've also used anti fungal crèmes topically with success. I killed "microsporum canis" (ring worm) after my dermatologist failed to even ID it correctly.
Also note LIVE CELL Microscopy is not a blood analysis only...you will be able to actually SEE your blood on a screen real time from a drop of your own blood. I first saw this demonstrated 30 years ago and it was truly amazing then and even now. You can get a sense for this from numerous youtube sites..."live cell microscopy" and look at many examples of what blood is looking like under the microscope."
06/13/2011: Dolphins7 from Youngstown, Ohio, United States: "I know the peroxide will bleach my hair.. , but I found that when I did use it, it cleared the problem up, even tho it eventually came back. Is there a way to dilute the hydrogen peroxide so it wont turn my hair red? Or should I continue using Ted's 1:1:10 with Apple Cider Vinegar and hydro and water?"
[YEA] 07/15/2008: Harrison from Boulder, Colorado: "Skin keratinosis & Iodine: I used a drop of iodine on a small patch of skin on my hand that just wouldn't respond to anything. It was like a small white scab. Each time the area would scab from the iodine I would tear it so the new application could get under the skin. After a couple of weeks the area was completely smooth and the keratinosis is gone. I used only one drop each application. I used the Lugols brand in liquid form. Since iodine stains your skin for a few days, if the area is on an obvious spot like your face, I'd suggest waiting until it dries then using makeup. At the same time as this treatment I used a tablespoon of SuperGreens PhytoFood from NutriPlex Formulas."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 06/25/2009: Corey from Sherman Oaks, CA: "Hello fellow folliculitis sufferers. i have been having chronic scalp follicultiis since 2000. I have been to many doctors and dermatologists and have found only temporary relief after taking courses of antibiotics and then as soon as i am done the folliculitis comes back. I have been on acne meds since i was 15 years old, up into my late 20's including accutane twice. I definately think there is some connection. I became my own health advocate and became a holistic junkie. I also believe that high acidity levels in the body (your ph being out of balance) and high levels of yeast and germ (fungal ) over growth are major contributors. I found relief taking MMS, after doing their program and on a maintenance dose of 6 drops in the morning and 6 drops in the evening, that it keeps my scalp folliculitis free, however if i stop taking it the folliculitis comes back.
About Five years ago the folliculitis spread to my face and i started getting severe acne cysts that would last for months and bleed. I found Neem to be especially helpful in clearing that condition up. I have tried every product on my face and when i found the Neem ___, with regular usage (daily) it cleared my face up. It does smell though so i use it at night before bed. Hopefully they will allow these product names so some of you can find relief. I am now trying the ACV and turmeric as well to see how they do."Replies
02/13/2012: Jon from Salt Lake, Utah replies: "Hey Corey, thanks for the post. I have had folliculitus for about 4 years now (on the scalp) and have just recently began looking for natural cures--hoping to get off antibiotics. I had two quick questions relating to your post:
(1) What is MMS, and what was the dose you took before maintenance?
(2) Are you still free from folliculitus on the scalp?"
[YEA] 02/13/2013: Jen from Mesa, Az: "I have been suffering from folliculitis for the last several months and finally figured out a few tips that have almost completely cleared up the bumps and are preventing the bumps from appearing nearly as often.
Use a natural Shea butter soap or oatmeal soap to both cleanse and sooth the skin.
Diet-nutrition has a lot to do with this disorder. I believe cutting out mainly gluten, dairy (except raw goats milk), and sugar has helped me. I also upped my water intake as well. Going on a raw food diet until the skin infection completely clears is a very good idea.
Oils- mixing jojoba oil with any of the following essential oils and using the concoction as a skin rub right after taking a bath: Lavender, tee tree, eucalyptus, and or geranium oil. Geranium and tea tree seem to be the most effective. Geranium isn't as pleasant smelling as the other are but works wonders.
Supplements- Garlic along with Echinacea tea work as natural antibiotics for the body, multi vitamins with zinc and magnesium, fish oil, vitamin D, and pro biotic(especially after taking a dose of antibiotics prescribed by the doctor to put the good bacteria back into your gut) either mild or plant derived preferably plant derived.
Don't cause any further abrasions on the skins surface- Stop using any type of sponges or washcloths in the shower as these will slightly tear the skins surface causing the infection to spread further and deeper. I found that using my hands to lightly massage soap into my skin works the best and doesn't spread the bacteria around to other parts of my body. Don't use cheap razors either, or if you can, stop shaving entirely for a while. Use expensive razors and replace them frequently and spray them off with alcohol before and after a shave. The expensive razors do not chaff the skin or break it as much as the cheaper razors. Also, many people will tell you to use a scrub on your skin, but, again a scrub will lightly tear the skin more and could cause the infection to continue to spread. Also, no matter how itchy your skin is do NOT scratch. Not scratching the skin will work wonders. Scratching only spreads it further and causes the bacteria to get under your nails. Put something calming on your skin the relieve itch, such as silver gel or Shea lotion or natural skin relieving oils. And whatever you do, don't pop the pus sacs, let them dry out on their own.
Bath soaks- Use Epsom salt and six to ten drops of your favorite essential oil and soak in a hot tub. Preferable cleanse the skin first.
Use a natural astringent on the skin before applying natural oils- Peroxide is the best. I say this because vinegar and alcohol are more irritating to the skin. Peroxide can be put into a spray bottle and sprayed on infected areas regularly, especially right when you get out of the shower. Let it sit for a few moments and then dry it off your skin or rinse it off in the shower. This will dry the pus sacs out quicker and help stop them from forming to begin with.
Clean bedding more often, cloths, and bathroom where you cleanse. Alcohol is a great cleaner mixed with water and tea tree oil, and kills staph which is a primary culprit for causing folliculitis.
Keep in mind that you must work on the outside of the skin and internally. These procedures must be used over a long period of time as in some cases folliculitis can be very tough to beat. Be persistent and consistent; keep using these techniques on a daily basis. The supplements work wonders along with the essential oils that help fight skin infections off."
[YEA] 08/07/2011: Bill from Nashville, Tennessee: "I had staph for about six years. I had a culture done by a doctor, and dioxycycline was the antibiotic the strain of staph I had was succeptible to. I was also told to take a bleach bath every other day (3/4 cup of bleach in my bath water). I did it, and the staph on my neck and lower face cleared up; however the staph on my forehead would never totally clear up. It was deep down in my pores.
What finally worked was using bleach water compresses twice per day. People can't tolerate full bleach baths more than every other day because it begins to sting and burn one's skin too much. However, I could tolerate the bleach water compresses twice per day. The every other day bleach bath just wasn't enough to kill the bacteria faster than it was multiplying - but the twice per day bleach water compresses were.
Also many say to use antibacterial soap. However, this dried my skin too much and killed the good bacteria that fights staph. I switched to Camay and Dove brand soaps, and combined with the bleach compresses my staph cleared all the way up.
I did have success with vinegar at one point, but it keeps the staph sores open while it kills them. They would spread and spread while open - I would get my forehead clear, but it would get on my neck because the vinegar kept the sores open and let the fluid cause the infection to spread around my head when I slept. The bleach water did not keep the sores open and spreading while they healed like the vinegar did."Replies
04/14/2012: Brendon from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia replies: "Hi all, I have been suffering from Foliculitis Decalvans for about 7 years. Before this month I had tried shampoos, diet change recommended by a naturopath, doxycycline, rifampin, clindamycin and nothing worked. As you are all aware, it is very humiliating to sit in a hairdressers chair and have to explain the condition each time.
My wife has been on at me for a while about going back to the dermatologist (who I had spent 2000 with to no avail), but it wasn't until I noticed permanent hair loss at my crown that I went back to my GP to get a referral.
Given the time to wait to get a dermo appointment, my new GP suggested a new swab and blood test, and noticed staph was present (previous swab didn't show). She suggested multiple lines of defense listed below;
- Clarythramycin 250mg 3 times daily
- Cephalexcen 300mg twice daily
- Selsun shampoo
- Tea tree conditioner
- Fucidin ointment with grapeseed oil (to water down) topically.
After two weeks but scalp has all but completely healed. Most of my scalp hair is clamped together, but the weeping sores have all gone. It has now been 8 weeks and touch wood it stays away. I'll let you all know if it does."
[YEA] 04/09/2013: Ben from Jax, Fl replies: "Thank You Thank You. A warm bleach compress twice per day for 2 weeks has completely cured my foliculitis!
I've dealt with the pain and emberassment for 3 years, used vinegar for months but never cured."
[YEA] 01/02/2013: Zed from London, Uk: "Hi, This is a wonderful website, I have been gratefully using some of the natural remedies that all the users and main contributors have been posting to much effect!! so a big thank you to all!!
I wanted to share my tips as you all have been helping me indirectly. ;-)
I have recently been suffering from Folliculitus/ scalp infection?, the doctors gave me the usual steroid creams that have only made the issue severe, I stopped using this a few months back and started to use the ACV/Hydrogen peroxide shampoo, Bill kindly posted and also his essential oil mix of tea tree oil and lavender oils mixed together at a ratio of 4:1, this has worked well for me, but didnt completely resolve it... My dear mum/grandma advised me the old African/Indian remedy for scalp complaints is pure "Mustard oil", but I need to make sure I have no other infections on my body as I can reinfect myself, so they advised the following:
- Bath every other day in "Dettol". ( 3/4 cap fulls in the bath, soak for at least 30 mins)
- use ACV/h202/filtered water shampoo, leave on for 5 mins and then wash off.
- dunk hair in the bath water with dettol mix and just rub into scalp
- Dry hair but don't rinse the dettol off, as you need it to dry on scalp slightly.
- Once hair has completely dried.... I use 4 drops tea tree oil and 1 drop of lavender oil, mixed into the same amount of mustard oil, warm slightly and then gently massage into the WHOLE of my scalp.
- Cover head with a towel or whatever you can find and then sleep with this on overnight.
I have found that the above has helped me tremendously!! after 4 days of usage, my scalp is about 99.9% clear!! My gran advised the mustard oil never fails! as its anti fungal and the tea tree oil is antibacterial, so what ever is causing the inflammation should be killed off in a couple of weeks. Once your scalp is better, just do the above regime once a week as a preventative measure.
IÂ hope the above info helps someone, like you have all helped me!
all the best and good luck! Zed"Replies
01/09/2013: Zed from London, Uk replies: "Hi All, Just and update for you all...... the mustard oil has been working well, it has cleared up the infection but not the odd spot I still get from my scalp Folliculitus.
Grandma has updated me on some changes to help clear this up, that I thought I would share with you.
I still use the hydrogen peroxide, ACV water shampoo, but have dropped using the essential oils ( tea tree/lavender) as they were starting to irritate my scalp..... Instead I just use the mustard oil, but instead of just applying this at night, I mix 1 part mustard oil with a little cold filtered water into a bottle and give it a good shake...... You will notice the mixture changes in colour and consistency to look like more of a lotion than oil ( this is how it should look! ). I apply this to my head nightly, and wash off in the morning.
I have found the water reacts with the mustard oil and you get a different reaction, making the mustard oil more cooling and easier to apply.
I also now have non pasteurised yogurt 1st thing for breakfast and wait at least an hour before I eat anything else?, my gran says this helps with the internal cooling/cleansing.
Hope this update helps someone.
All the best, Zed."
[YEA] 08/07/2012: Velcra from Brooklyn, New York: "My 15 year old son has been suffering with scalp folliculitis for the past 4-5 years. Like most people with this condition, he has tried both oral and topical antibiotics, anti-fungals, shampoos, and natural remedies. NOTHING worked. Finally, the last derm he saw (there have been many) told him to try washing his head with Pan Oxyl bar soap. After only 2-3 uses, there has been about a 95% improvement. On the days he does not use the Pan Oxyl, he washes his hair with Head and Shoulders CLINICAL Strength shampoo (also recommended by Derm). I have been consumed with trying to find a solution for this poor kid. Hopefully, this is the answer. I know how frustrating this condition can be, but don't give up. I hope someone benefits from this post."Replies
06/05/2014: Velcra from Brooklyn, New York replies: "My sixteen year old son has suffered half his life with this frustrating condition. I have posted here before having had good results with PanOxyl acne soap. However, it did reoccur and dried out his hair. On a whim I purchased a new shampoo on the market (like most sufferers, we have run the gauntlet of antibiotics, soaps, home remedies, etc). The shampoo is by John Freida and it is called Root Awakening - Purify and Nourish Shampoo. It cleanses the oily scalp but is kind on hair. After several weeks his spots have been GREATLY reduced - to the point where he was not embarrased to get a hair cut! It is no more expensive than any other shampoo and it is worth a shot. Good luck. Would love to know if it works for anyone else."