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.
I have had folliculitis on my butt area for over 10 years. I have treated it with a mupirocin ointment (bactroban) which worked great but after the treatment the pimples made a fierce comeback. Recently I have heard of essential oils for killing staph bacteria, being the most effective lemongrass, lemon myrtle, mountain savory, cinnamon bark and melissa. I bought a handcream with at least 20% urea and every night mixed a small nut of cream with a drop of lemongrass E.O., applying it to the affected area and leaving the cream overnight. Within a fortnight all the pimples were gone ;). Now I have to deal with dark marks but it is a relieve that there are no new bumps, even if I don't apply the cream every night. If you can find pure urea mix it with your regular body moisturizer and add 1-2 drops of the essential oil. Hope this remedy works for y'all.
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.
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Posted by Corey (Sherman Oaks, CA) on 06/25/2009
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.
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Posted by Lauren (Louisiana, US) on 08/09/2014
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
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.
Posted by Bill (Nashville, Tennessee) on 08/07/2011
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.
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Posted by Zed (London, Uk) on 01/02/2013
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.
I hope the above info helps someone, like you have all helped me!
all the best and good luck! Zed
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Posted by Yellow Dragoness (Australia) on 12/13/2015
I want to share what's helped for me.
- Neem Soap
- Cetaphil antibacterial soap
(both helped greatly, and about equally)
- Keeping nails trimmed, body hair short, and disinfecting clothes when washed. If it's in a particular area and you wear the same clothes (washed) there all the time, try buying some new ones.
- Washing once to twice a day.
- A light, non-comedogenic moisturiser when your skin gets dry. Otherwise leave it off.
- Let the air circulate around your skin and try not to wear clothes that rub too much.
- Leave infected hair follicles alone as much as possible. If you don't you'll only make it worse.
- Don't use washcloths unless necessary.
- Ensure you're dry before you dress.
- I've found that a good probiotic (I use Udo's) may help.
Over time this has helped me greatly, but it still hasn't entirely gone away. If I stop using the soap, it will get worse again.
Posted by Bats (Perth, Wa) on 03/10/2015
I see I posted on here about 2-3 years ago.
I've had scalp folliculitis for about 15 years. The only thing that ever got rid of it was antibiotics I'd taken for other complaints - sinusitis, bronchitis. The spots would disappear for up to 4 months but always come back. Clearly a bacterial problem, in my case.
The last I'd reported (in 2012) was that a course of anitbiotics had worked, but as ever the problem returned after weeks or months.
I went to see a specialist about 18-24 months ago.
First word of advice from him was - there is no cure for this condition. Only treatment.
He offered to test my scalp to see if he could identify which bacteria (or fungus) was causing the problem. I didn't bother as I figured it probably wouldn't help.
His only suggested treatment was a shampoo called Sulsun Gold. It says on the bottle - For problem dandruff and other complaints. Active ingredient is Selenium Sulfide 25mg/ml. Cost about $10 for 200ml here in Oz. I looked for it in the UK last year but couldn't find it at any pharmacy. You can buy it on ebay.
Anyway, I tried it and it worked. I cancelled the next specialist appointment it had worked so well. From 10-15 of these awful, painful spots at any one time, to none within a week or so. And two years later, still no spots.
Instructions recommend using twice a week. Now I wash my hair at least once daily as it is fine and greasy. Sometimes up to three times daily as I work outdoors in the heat and also go to the gym most days.
I did downgrade to Sulsun Blue about 4 months ago, which is a weaker mix. 1% selenium sulfide. Cheaper at $6 a bottle. In between all uses of Selsun, I use a perfume free shampoo - Simple.
I would occasionally get the odd pimple even during this time. No more than two. I'd up the usage of Selsun Gold and they would go away again.
Last week I had the worst outbreak in over 18 months. I hadn't used Gold for some time, preferring the use of Blue every other day as an alternative. No idea why they came back with a vengeance. 15 spots on my scalp again. Painful too. Chocolate, maybe, the day before, but I'd had that at other times without a reaction. That Old Wives' Tale that chocolate causes acne?
I returned to S Gold and a week later all spots have gone again, even the very deep ones. My scalp is completely clear.
So I'll be on Sulsun shampoos for life, but it's a small price to pay. I know that if I stop using it, the condition will come back but it genuinely works for me.
As part of a general health check, I have been tested for all kind of potential problems (Vit D, diabetes, insulin, iron, etc) and the only thing that showed up was slightly high on 2 types of cholesterol. I am not anaemic.
Now I'm not saying this will work for everyone. It may well be that there are many different causes of this condition. All I'm saying is it works for me.
I'm sure some people will shy away from this as this is not a herbal remedy, it is a chemical. My attitude is, give it a try. It might just work.
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Posted by Velcra (Brooklyn, New York) on 08/07/2012
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.
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Brooklyn, New York
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Posted by Hdayanan (Bangalore, India) on 12/14/2014
I was reading thru Ted's recommendation of using Potassium Carbonate for treating hair folliculitis. How do you use this?
I bought one from a local chemist which says Potassium Carbonate Anhydrous and a warning stating not to make contact with body parts.
Ted has recommended this over Borax in one of the threads; can someone please give me some direction.
Posted by Milli (Seattle, Wa) on 12/17/2011
I tried almost everything on this site for a case of folliculitis on my rear and one lump that appeared on my neck. I have had this issue for at least 6 months.
ACV did not work, or only worked temporarily. Drinking it, putting it on the skin, both no gos.
Bacitracin worked, but only a little better than the ACV. I also tried Nigerian black soap (little change). Hibiclens also same results. Vitamins didn't change anything.
Dr. Weil's site mentions this as an immune system disorder which may be aided by probiotics. I looked into IHerb dot com to see which had the best reviews, and that was Dr. Ohira's line. I have had great success with these. They come in 2 strengths, I got the lower strength because of cost.
The folliculitis has been subsiding for the 3 days that I've taken these and is almost completely gone - in addition, I also feel much better, with tons more energy. I had a problem feeling tired after every meal (no matter if it was high or low carb, junk food or healthy, raw or cooked) - also felt tired upon arising - that problem is now gone.
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Posted by Rob (Bowling Green, Kentucky) on 03/05/2016
How I successfully treated Scalp folliculitis with 90% Rubbing Alcohol Soaks
To help get rid of a minor bacterial infection, you might want to try a compress soaked in rubbing alcohol. When you really want to make sure those bacteria causing scalp folliculitis are dead as hell, nothing beats good old rubbing alcohol. This is what I did:
Soak a cotton wash cloth in a plastic bowl (with lid)
Squeeze out excess alcohol just enuff so its not dripping
Apply to scalp area for 10 minutes (It did burn a bit).
Place wash cloth back into bowl and place lid on top til next soaking. Soak area for 10 minutes 2x/daily for 2 weeks.
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Posted by Kerri (Kingston, Canada) on 03/16/2008
Ah...the joy of folliculitis. I have had it so have some of the kids. The most painful is when it is on the bottom. It is like sitting on little shards of glass, even in the bathtub!!! I have had it ever since I could remember. I was an undiagnosed food allergy & contact allergy kid. Didn't get properly diagnosed till an adult. I also have chronic candidiasis (diagnosed around 11 years ago) and based on past history probably had it from the time I was an infant. So the folliculitis, for me, could have also been related to allergies &/or yeast. Then add to that my reactions to fabrics (aka my underwear!) and I am also VERY prone to strep. I was hospitalized & could have died from a serious cellulitis which was most likely strep related. The Dr. prescribed an prescription product for strep & staph & it did work, but I didn't really like using it....Ah Fucidin is what it was called, I think.
The last bout of folliculitis I did research on natural remedies and this is what we settled on. First we made a warm water solution of Himalayan sea salt (I am sure any sea salt should do) and wiped that over & beyond the area with the folliculitis. Then when it was dry we wiped over the area & beyond with apple cider vinegar. Finally dd put on tea tree oil & lavender oil (neat). She had it on her chest & face. We also get it on our bottoms & the tops of our upper thighs, chest & face. My original infection was probably folliculitis & then turned into the cellulitis. I had even been to the Dr. about it. Went into ER & they gave me meds, but I was getting worse (face & neck looked like I weighed 400lbs & I only really weigh 112lbs) finally they admitted me into a private room as they thought I might have a flesh eating disease or some other rare & contagious disease. For a little while they thought I had some rare form of lymph-node cancer. I was told to have my family &/or visit me (aka my parents, in-laws, etc.) in case I didn't survive. It was pretty scary & occurred when the twins were 18 months old!!
Oh...not trying to scare you!! I had folliculitis TONS of times before & since & that hasn't happened again. My immune system was way down, I was doing way too much & not sleeping enough or taking good enough care of myself. I think my body decided to give me a reality check & that is how my body sent the message!
My daughter (13) had it clear up well, but then new spots would crop up where she wasn't using anything so we basically had her do all of her face & all of her chest. It cleared up, but she had waited a couple of days to tell me thinking they were just "zits". She did get another "crop" of them, but put the above stuff on right away & they cleared up much more quickly & didn't spread. The other thing is to be aware that the bacteria that infected the hair follicles can also be spread onto the bath towel!! So you may want to wash & dry them after each bath. Also they can be spread by touching them, the bacteria then ends up on another part of the body.
Stress definitely is a contributing factor as well.
I did have dd take Vitamin C and get to bed early, etc. to boost her immune system.
So far it hasn't come back!!
Here is a web-site that lists the fucidin (I did have the right name!!)
This is cool. It mentions the complication of cellulitis. When I did research after my cellulitis, I didn't find much info. But that was 6 years ago & there is a LOT more info on the net now!!