How to Get Rid of Folliculitis

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Posted by Juan (Los Angeles, California) on 03/23/2011

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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!

Posted by Joe
Charlotte, Nc
04/30/2011
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.
Posted by Karlene
London, Uk
11/04/2011
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.
Posted by Maryherb
Visalia, Ca, United States
02/06/2012
3 Posts
I am not a chinese doctor or even asian!! GO SEE A CHINESE HERBALIST THEY CURED ME!!!!!!!
Posted by Honeysuckle Flowers
San Jose, Ca
06/13/2012
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!
Posted by Tommy
San Jose, Ca
11/14/2012
Hey honeysuckle. What Chinese herbalist did you see in San Jose? I'm in the area and I have folliculitis.
Posted by Benshamil
Nyc
04/21/2014
2 Posts
Hello Juan....I hope you are doing ok...Hows your battle with Folliculitis disease? Do you see any progress? I am not very strong I get very upset dealing with this mess...You mentioned you were going to order a product for your scalp....Did it improve your condition? Please reply to my post. Best Regards

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Posted by Cath (Brunswick, Georgia) on 09/14/2010

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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!

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Posted by David (Florida) on 10/25/2013

[YEA]  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

Posted by Shashi
India
05/17/2014
Are these still working for you??
Posted by Michelle
Ma, US
06/29/2014
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!
Posted by Trina
Phoenix, Az
10/20/2014
Question- How bad was your folliculits AND where did you buy the colloidal silver and sulphur tablets? Thank you!!!!!

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Posted by Reem (Annandale, Va) on 01/12/2013

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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?

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Posted by Bats (Perth, Wa) on 10/13/2012

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!

Posted by D M
Orlando, Fl
10/14/2012
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! :)
Posted by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
10/15/2012
704 Posts
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

Posted by Bats
Perth, Wa
10/16/2012
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.

Posted by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
10/16/2012
704 Posts
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

Posted by Bats
Perth, Wa
10/17/2012
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!

Posted by Bats
Perth, Wa
06/05/2013
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.

Posted by Save Us All (Abq, Nm) on 02/24/2012

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.

Posted by Dolphins7 (Youngstown, Ohio, United States) on 06/17/2011

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.

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Posted by Lola1978 (New Orleans, La) on 03/08/2011

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Canon
Asheboro, Nc
04/30/2012
[YEA]   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!
Posted by Eh
New England, US
06/23/2014
[YEA]   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.

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Posted by Honeysuckle Flowers (San Jose, Ca) on 05/29/2012

[YEA]  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.


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?
Posted by Honeysuckle Flowers
San Jose, Ca
06/13/2012
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.

Posted by Tommy Guns
San Jose, Ca
11/18/2012
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.
Posted by Adrian
Encino, Ca
11/22/2012
that tea really sounds promising... Do u have the number to that herbalist... If so... Can u post it
Posted by Adrian
Encino, Ca
11/25/2012
that tea really sounds promising... Do u have the number to that herbalist... If so... Can u post it
Posted by Tommygunz
San Jose, Ca
12/04/2012
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.
Posted by Rhebs
Washington, Dc
05/30/2013
[NAY]   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.
Posted by Alice
Huntington Beach, Ca
02/02/2014
[NAY]   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.
Posted by Valentino
San Jose, Ca
05/18/2014
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
Posted by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
05/18/2014
474 Posts
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.

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Posted by Dolphins7 (Youngstown, Ohio, United States) on 06/13/2011

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?

Iodine   1  0   

Posted by Harrison (Boulder, Colorado) on 07/15/2008

[YEA]  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.

Magnesium and Rubbing Alcohol   1  0   

Posted by Sophia (New York, US) on 10/09/2014

[YEA]  Hello. I'm a 43 year old mom in general good health. I was diagnosed with staph folliculitis a few years ago (and have had it longer, just didn't know what it was. Though it was just regular acne). I would get constant breakouts on my neck, chest, and back. Small, whitehead-looking bumps that would then turn puffy and red and take forever to fade away. My dermatologist had me do a few rounds of antibiotics. Each round would work, but the folliculitis always came back about two weeks after I finished.

Finally, about six months ago, I found some info online about chelated magnesium supplements and how most of us are deficient in this mineral. I started taking one 200 mg. pill per day (at night, as it's supposed to help with sleeping, which it does! ). The pill I use says it is 200 mg of elemental magnesium, and the fine print says: "from 2,000 mg magnesium glycinate/lycinate chelate." Magnesium supplements can be confusing, so this info is important. Within about a month, I noticed an improvement, though not a complete cure. Still, it was enough of a change that I was very pleased.

It wasn't until I added a second step, though, that I found what really cured me -- rubbing alcohol. Regular, 91% rubbing alcohol you can get at any drugstore. It can apparently kill staph. So, after I cleanse my face at night, and just splash my neck and chest with warm water, I dry off, and then use a cotton ball to sweep the rubbing alcohol over my chest and back. It has been a miracle, and so cheap and easy. After all the ridiculous appointments and antibiotics, to find something so simple, I just had to post here (I really never post on any sites, but I have used this site in my search for answers, so wanted to help other people who may be struggling with this).

I now rarely get any spots, but if something pops up, I immediately zap it with the rubbing alcohol, and it goes away and doesn't spread elsewhere. I am literally shocked at how clear I am, and keep waiting for the folliculitis to return, as it always did, but it's not happening. As far as the magnesium, they do say that it takes about three months for the amounts to build in your system, so stick with it. Some people apparently have tummy troubles when taking it, but I haven't had any issues. For some, the stomach issues are just at first, and then the body adjusts.

Hope this helps someone out there! I know how frustrating this condition can be.

MMS, Neem Oil   0  0   

Posted by Corey (Sherman Oaks, CA) on 06/25/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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.

Posted by Jon
Salt Lake, Utah
02/13/2012
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?

Multiple Remedies   4  0   

Posted by Lauren (Louisiana, US) on 08/09/2014

[YEA]  I browsed this site for help for an infected hair follicle on my knee and I found all this hype about apple cider vinegar so I made a concoction of ACV (1/4 cup), honey (2 tbsp), grapefruit seed extract (3 drops) and warm water (1/2 cup). Mix together then get a wash cloth and create a compress with the concoction and apply to affected area as much as you want. Make sure to leave the compress on until it cools. Everytime I felt extreme pain in the area, I would reheat the solution and repeat the process. The heat hurt at first but it brought such a relieving sensation about 5 seconds after. In addition, I drank a small cup of milk mixed with two tsp of turmeric. I started this process at 11 am and noticed by 11 at night, almost ALL the pain subsided and it's no longer swollen. I did the process about 4-5 times.

Posted by Jen (Mesa, Az) on 02/13/2013

[YEA]  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.


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