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Posted by Melodyk (Tennessee) on 05/23/2015 | 2 Posts
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I am ecstatic. I have battled Scalp Folliculitis for a few months now. Doc gave me 2 rounds of anti-biotics, ordered anti-bacterial shampoos twice daily etc etc. Nothing was helping UNTIL I found this site and read about Turmeric. I had Turmeric in my cabinet so I thought, eh, couldn't hurt. I took 1 teaspoon with either 1/2 cup juice or crystal lite type drink 3 times a day. I could tell a difference by day 4 and decided to go buy the capsules. The taste of Turmeric is so strong by my Folliculitis has lessened so much and I am so grateful for this site. I will report back in a couple of weeks to let you know if the capsules work just as well.


Replied by Chad
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Omg, 2 pills twice a day cleared up my lower back.
Replied by Divz
Hi, I have pseudo folliculitis on my legs, can you tell me how does turmeric help and how do I use it.
Replied by Melodyk

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I don't know how it works other than it is said to be a natural antibiotic and cleanses the blood of infection. I do know that after taking repeated rounds of pharmaceutical antibiotics, my scalp folliculitis only worsened.

I started the Turmeric pills, 1 pill in the a.m. *my stomach as a bit sensitive to it* and 2 pills before bed. I am completely and totally HEALED of Folliculitis and have been for a couple of months now. I still take Turmeric as a daily regimen. Thank God for providing natural medications for His children.

Replied by Mikael
Awesome to hear and thank you for sharing this info! Would you recommend taking the turmeric capsules more than taking the turmeric old fashion way? Or does it matter at all? And if I buy turmeric powder, should I take 1 teaspoon per serving and few times a day? Thank you for sharing<3

Posted by Droditisnj (Florida) on 09/25/2014
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Greetings! My name is Daniel I am a 22 year old male. This summer of 2014 I acquired what I initially believed to be an ingrown hair on my left kneecap, from wearing neoprene (wetsuit material) pants while kayaking. After popping, pulling, wiping, cleaning and drying, all to no avail, I reasoned otherwise. The ingrown hairs seemed to be multiplying in a localized area, more pustules were popping up no matter how much anti-septic & anti-bacterial I applied. It even spread to my right kneecap at one point.

I self diagnosed the condition as folliculitis based on extensive research and comparison with many, more serious (in my opinion) conditions. I do recommend seeing a physician, if you've got the time/money, but ONLY for tissue analysis, not for what they will prescribe you.

After finding this site and reading up on natural remedies, I began applying a mixture of Vitamin E + Turmeric Spice to the area, letting it aerate for a few minutes, then covering it to prevent staining everything my knee touched. This did calm the inflammation, itchiness, pain and pustules but did not elicit the reactions defeat. What did it in, was my consumption of turmeric in raw form, and in store-bought (spice) form.

After tolerating the condition for about 3 months, I've been actively pursuing this natural cure for the latter 2 weeks. The localized area on my left knee is drying, the pain, itchiness and inflammation is gone... I am finally healing completely.

Thank you Earthclinic and all it's knowledgable members!


Posted by Missb (Vancouver, Canada) on 07/01/2014
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After reading other people's notes on here, I made a paste out of water and turmeric bought at my local grocery store, and spread it over the very painful folliculitis in my groin area. Wrapped it with gauze to keep my sheets clean, and went to sleep. In the morning, all but one of the large pus-filled lumps were gone, and the one that was still present I'd somehow missed in my smearing of the paste. Pain: completely gone (in less than 8 hours! ), and I can walk with ease again. Will continue doing this nightly until everything is cleared up 100%, and am also taking turmeric pills to stop any future outbreaks.

Replied by Sandy
Florida, US
The symptoms you describe sound more like hidradenitis suppurativa than folliculitis. Turmeric will help that.

Posted by Jay (Moncton, Nb, Canada) on 08/02/2012
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I used a tumeric paste, boiling water and powdered tumeric from the microwave. Applied it topically, covered with paper towels and wore my boxers to bed.

So far, for the last month, I've had no more pubic itch, which I believe was folliculitis caused by shaving. This is the first time in 2 years that the symptoms have been absent for this amount of time!

What an easy (knock on wood) remedy. I suggest anybody try it. So simple, so try it!

Posted by Littlelebowskiurbanachiever (Central Va, Virginia) on 02/02/2012
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My folliculitis appeared about 2 months ago on my stomach and eventually moved down to my inner thighs. While it is a relatively mild case compared to some cases I have read about on here, it is still extremely itchy, distracting, and sometimes painful.

I drank two mugs of water with about a spoonful of turmeric powder in each as well as soaked a cloth in organic apple cider vinegar and turmeric which I left on my thighs overnight. Last night was the first night in which I tried these remedies, and I am already seeing very noticable improvement even just this morning. I had discoloration on my hips that virtually has gone overnight, and the rash, while still a bit itchy, looks a whole lot better. I only have one zit-like bump, and that has become significantly less swollen. I have read/been told that turmeric can make your stomach upset. I have not felt any discomfort but I did drink it after I had already eaten something both times. Definitely would recommend trying this one out! Very amazed at the quick results, hopefully it continues to work as well.

Replied by Jill
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I went to the pharmacy and I looked for some type of herbal supplement to give me natural energy that I just dont have at all! Well I found the very best multivitamin ever!! They are whole food multivitamins, with fruits, vegetables and herbs. I have also struggled with foliculitis on both my legs, mms y entire life. I also have Multiple Sclerosis, so I needed the vitamins. When I started my regimen of the whole food multivitamin, turmeric and omega 3 krill oil every morning for 1 year, the foliculitis is completely gone and has not returned since!! :-) Thank goodness because I never wore a pair of shorts! Ever! Now I wear them everyday!
Replied by Beth
Fort Wayne, Indiana
How often do you use this?

Posted by Dan (Oakland, California, Usa) on 12/19/2011
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I've had folliculitis for 7-8 years now, mainly in the groin area. It is maybe a bit more mild than some other cases I've read about here, but annoying nonetheless. A while back I went on antibiotics but it always recurred. Hardly a day has gone by without at least a pimple or two being present, and hardly a few days without one forming pus. I'd frankly resigned myself to living with it, but then I read this forum and decided to try vinegar. The vinegar didn't really help.

The turning point was a month ago when despite my skepticism, I decided to try turmeric capsules on a daily basis. Since then things have cleared up remarkably. It isn't completely gone, but I think reduced at least 75%.

Posted by Jack A. (Houston, Texas) on 09/05/2011
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Turmeric works great, it took awhile for it to work, but did the Trick. I have had scalp folliculitis for about 8 years. It was the worse, I had scabs and painfull bumps on my head, that left scars. I often felt bad, but thankfully I found this website and gave Turmeric a try. I Have been using Turmeric capsules for about a month, with the spice. I put it in the water I drink my pill with, why not, But Today I am Glad to say My folliculitis is gone, not one sign of it. The antibiotics my doctor give me though the years, just made me feel worst. Also I have used Selsun Blue with 3% Salicylic Acid, It also helps. After suffering for so many years its good to feel normal.

Good Luck To all You who suffer from This

Jack. A

Replied by Sb
Brooklyn, Ny
Hi Jack - just wondering what the dosage of the capsules were? My spouse has battled with folliculitis on his butt for the past 7 years and I would love to help rid him of it! Thank you!
Replied by Jz
Hey Jack,

Just wondering how long it took for you to see noticeable improvements? How is your progress nowadays taking the turmeric? Has it still been good results? Thanks!

Posted by Thirtysomthing (Los Angeles, Ca) on 06/03/2011
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My History: I have had scalp folliculitis for the last couple of years. It begain as just one pimple on my scalp near my hairline near ear. Then it progressed to spreading to the back of the head and then to the sides of the head. At first I would get one every month or so. I went to the dermatologist and was told I had scalp folliculitis and put on minocycline for one month. This cleared up the folliculitis right away. Also told to use salicyclic acid shampoo. But about one week after I stopped taking the antibiotic it came back except worse. Now I would get the pimples more often and they were bigger and more painful. So painful infact that I had to stop wearing hats. And I always have to be mindful when laying down due to the pain by resting your head on one of these tender areas.

Back to the derms office and now I was given the another round of antibiotics, Dicloxicillin. This also cleared up the folliculitis, but as before the folliculitis came back worse about 2 weeks after being off antibiotics. Now I was getting 2-5 pimples/boils a day. Determined to get back to the days when I had a healthy scalp I found this website and decided to try the remedies here. I didn't know what worked so I tried everything.

First I tried soaking my scalp in dilute vinegar solution. This helped relieve the itching but I still got the pimples. The vinegar does not smell very good, unless you love the smell of vinegar potato chips. And it burns if it gets into your eyes. Difficult to keep in place on your scalp.

Then I tried the following: Tea Tree oil after blow drying my hair dry after showers. Usually I don't ever touch the blow dryer as I normally wear my hair short and just let it air dry. My understanding wife helps me apply the tea tree oil. As it is almost impossible to see the back of your head from a mirror. I also began using neosporin on the active pimple/boils. In addition I took turmeric shots everyday (a tablespoon of tumeric in a little bit of water). Eventually I switched to the tumeric pills, they are much better. I changed my pillow case nightly. Actually I use clean t-shirts as pillow cases. I have more t-shirts then I have pillow cases.

It has been 2 and half weeks and the result is quite amazing. The folliculitis is nearly gone. I have been getting less pimples. This week I didn't have one. It feels like I am on antibiotics but I am not. Also I am not getting the nausea or having to stay out of the sunlight like while on antibiotics. My wife says that my scalp looks less red and she sees no more pimples. It looks and feels like its healing.

Thanks for everyone sharing their experiences. I am the happiest man. Now I will just keep it up and keep my fingers crossed. Hopefully this is behind me.

Replied by Thirtysomething
Los Angeles, Ca
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Update on previous posting: In my last posting I forgot to mention that I also have been using non-comedogenic antibacterial soap instead of regular shampoo and conditioner. This is a mild soap that does not seem to dry out my scalp as much as the acidic shampoo the derm. gave me. Either way my scalp is still feeling great. Folliculitis is pretty much gone. I am cautiously optimistic about it not returning (fingers crossed and knocking on wood). Hopefully this will help someone else in cyberland.

Posted by Jose (Pacoima, California) on 03/24/2011

I have been dealing with folliculitus for over 5 years. It all started when I started riding motorcycles. The first episodes were very bad, I would have breakouts that looked like I burned my scalp. I applied cortizone cream and that would help with the pain and irritation. This would only help for a day or two, I then decided to visit my doctor and he would perscribe an oral anti-biotic. This would take care of the folliculitus right away. A month after I finished my perscription the symptoms would return and back I would go. Since I am recently unemployed, I dont have insurance to pay for doctor visits or medication. So, I am thankful I have found this website. I want to try the Turmeric in tablet form. Another thing I think I should add; is that both my brothers have also developed folliculitus at the same time. We are all overweight and this has me thinking if this could be a mitigating factor. Also, having your PH balance out of balance could be a cause. So, I am going to try the tumeric tablets and start a diet plan.

The only question I have is, I want to start exercising, but is sweating going to aggravate the condition?

Thank you for your time and advise.

Posted by Oscar (Irving, TX) on 01/23/2009
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I'm so happy because finaly you gave the solution for my folliculitis and YES IT WORKS Turmeric is the Solution. I've been living with this horrible desease since I was 21 and for more than 15 year I was struggling with this and now I feel so good and my life has changed forever. Thanks to Earth Clinic.

Replied by La Shonda
Florence, Italy
I want to say firstly, that i am so happy to have stumbled across this website! i have been living with this diagnosed folliculitis for the last three years. and what started as a simple pimple in my pubic area has grown to painful pimples, boils, horrid itching/irritation, pain and scarring. i've been to doctor after doctor, general,gyno, er and dermotologist. i've tried anti-bs, topical ointments, warm compresses; all of which provided temporary or no relief at all. i was told not to scratch, as this makes the problem worse. this is the hardest advice to follow. so i figured, no scratching...fine, i'll squeeze. which alleviates the temptation to scratch. and it also forces the infected follicule out of the skin, which is, i know, a horrible thing to do, but gives me an immediated sense of relief. but this has led to scarring. i don't know what to do or where to go. it has not made the area very pleasing to look at. and the embarrassment of telling my boyfriend over and over again that i promise it's not a STD or contagious. I just want my normal area back. i've tried not shaving...i've even used scissors to cut the hair (at the advice of one of the doctors) instead. and i even tried letting my hair grow in fully. but i found that that caused more irritation to occur. when there is less hair, i'm great for a couple days. but when the hair begins to grow back....irritation city, here i come! the itching, the pain, the's all so fun to experience(enter sarcasm here).

I am anxiously awaiting to see if Tumeric works. I also wanted to know, does anybody think i'd be overdoing it, if i tried ACV and Tumeric at the same time. Or should i start with one and see the results first? I'm sooooo ready for this to be over!

Also, at about the same i developed Alopecia on my scalp. I wondered if these two things could be related, by any chance. Since it both has to do with my hair follicules and my body's response to it all. I am open to all advice and/or natural remedies! Thanks again.
Replied by Kelly
Nashville, TN
There is a product that is mostly sold in spas/salons in the US that is very effective against folliculitis. It was originally tested on men who had folliculitis barbae. The primary ingredients are acetylsalicylate (aspirin) and isoprophyl alcohol. It was very effective. You might want to do a google search for something like "products for ingrown hair" or "products to treat ingrown hair".
Replied by Cleveland_boy
Kelowna, British Columbia
If anyone is looking to relieve an annoying itch I have the solution. When the itch is really intolerable, put it under hot HOT water from the sink tap or bath tub depending where infection area is, start with warm and gradually turn the tap hotter and hotter, the feeling is incredible. A million times better than actually relieving the itch by nail scratching, you actually get goose bumps from the relief. If this ''treatment'' is bad for the infection, someone please let me know, I'd rather be safe be than sorry.
Replied by Elizabeth
Nashville, Tn
I agree that the hot, HOT water treatment does relieve my eczema on my hands... I know it's probably not the best thing to do but it's the only thing that relieves that intolerable, unbearable itching. You do get goosebumps from the icredible relief you get from it too!! Ha! I thought I was the only one. I try to follow up with a fragrance free lotion or coconut oil to prevent over drying of the affected areas. It usually clears up on its own in a couple of weeks.
Replied by Andrew
Overland Park, Ks, United States
I'd be careful with the hot water "treatment. " I tried this and at first it seemed to work (and not at all to be lewd, but part of the reason it appealled to me was because of the incredible sensation... it's nearly orgasmic).

But on hindsight, at least w/ folliculitis, I think it's not a good idea. The bacteria does well in warm & moist environments...

NOW! ...if you did the hot water treatment, and then possibly did a treatment (acv, alcohol, tea tree oil, colloidal silver), you might have something...

Has anyone tried this?

Replied by Deepak
Hi, I am suffering from hair folliculitice from last 8 months , doctor said I have to take antibiotics I do the course of antibiotics name " amoxicillin " but soon after I got same problem again. I want to try "turmeric" but which type of turmeric to use ? Here I have dried powder available do I use the same 1 tablespoons 3 times a day with warm water? Or some different kind of turmeric ? Please please do advice me, I am really fed up with this. Thanks
Replied by Follic123
Hey guys, hoping somebody could help me. I've been suffering from scalp folliculitis for over 2 years. I was on lymecycline for a year that cleared everything but as soon as I came off all hell broke loose.

I stumbled across this great website and have seen that people have found success with certain treatments and I'm hoping I could too.

I have recently purchased acai berry juice garlic(with allicin) capsules and raw turmeric all from what was suggested on this site I was wondering whats the best directions and quantities of using these products.

I'm really now struggling with this condition so any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
To Follic1223 (UK) ---

Turmeric is used in India to remove facial hair growth. But you can take it internally to address inflammation. Make sure you take Turmeric with some oil as this makes it effective, or a tsp. in a cup of warm milk twice a day.

In addition, use Borax with essential oil of lavender, let it dry and then wash off. Moisturizing with coconut oil will be beneficial. Only use pure castile shampoo.

Good luck. Namaste, Om

Posted by Elizaberh (Chapel Hill, North Carolina) on 09/13/2008
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I've had recurring folliculitis (staph) for over a year. I also tend to get urinary tract infections quite often. I got so tired of having to go through the whole doctor's appointment rigamarole, so I started perusing this website for help. Yesterday I started the turmeric remedy, and I am already seeing results. I used the basic suggestion:

1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 cup warm water

The turmeric is absolutely disgusting, but it seems to be working. I've also tried mixing it with cranberry juice and grapefruit juice instead, and it was a small improvement. I also tried the suggestions using baking soda topically: Mix baking soda, water and vitamin E to make a paste, apply it to boils to "draw out" the infection.
It's hard to say how effective this was, but the baking soda paste did seem to absorb something from the boils, and dried them a little. I'm so grateful to have found a natural cure for these infections, since the vicious cycle of antibiotics seems to just make bacteria stronger. Thanks to all the testimonies and suggestion!

Posted by Jay (Laurel, MD) on 07/31/2008
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I am a 24yr old black male. I have suffered from minor to severe boils for 3+ years now. I've been to the emergency room almost 10 times and was hospitalized for 3 days and given antibiotics through IV due to a large boil that covered most of my jaw area. I've had boils pretty much everywhere...inner thigh, inner buttocks, underarms, beard area. I've taken several antibiotics which have mostly helped with healing but no prevention (dicloxacillin, cephlex, ciprfloxacilin etc..). I was scared and ran tests (aids, cancer etc.) The doctors came to the conclusion that a have a chronic case of folliculitis. I could have saved thousands of dollars and extreme pain if I had found this site a long time ago. TURMERIC WORKS! I can't believe it, what are the doctors doing and why havent they picked up on it because I have seen 3 dermatologists and 3 different doctors...all had the same responses and recommendations for medication, which never successfully supressed my outbreaks. Never mentioning turmeric. I started taking the spice with water Since i've been taking turmeric i havent had 1 boil and I am amazed. Even when i do feel a sensitive area trying to form it usually goes away in 24-48 WITHOUT swelling and opening!!! If there's anyone that has experienced remotely to what I have with boils know how painful they are and how big they can get. Words cannot explain how happy I am that i found a SPICE that in my book has damn near cured my situation. Even scarring on my face from past boils is going away. Words cannot explain how happy I am. Also, in my case, i no longer eat spicy foods because I realized that after eating too much I would feel boils trying to form. If you've yet to try turmeric or have a boil right now and cant deal with the pain. I've found that taking alleve helps the most (muscle relaxer/pain reliever). WAY better than aspirin. So until I find this i dont need to take turmeric to prevent boils...I will be taking them forever.


Replied by David
Bayamon, P.R.
Teatree Oil, T gel Shampoo still hasnt cured my folliculitis. Ive tried many things for my scalp folliculitis. Oral Antibiotics that helped just temporarily, and lots of different types of shampoo. I really am glad to have found this website. I just read about Turmeric, and i think im going to give it a try. But i know nothing about it. Is it a cream, is it a spice to mix it with water and drink it, is it pills? Ive had folliculitis about a year and a half, had to stop working cause of it, it was to embarrasing having it. I have it on my scalp. The worst thing that has happened to my, but now i read this webiste and it looks as theres a lot of things i havent tried. This really gives me hope. Thanks to everybody for the information.
Replied by Victoria
Chaplin, Ct
when I take the organic tumeric that I had in my cupboard, I put it in raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar and chugged it down, it wasnt too bad!!! Both so good for you. I just started it, so havent seen any results yet, but I cant wait and anticipate the healing!!! :)
Replied by April
Columbus, Ohio
How do you prepare and use the tumeric? Orally or as a sab? Are the pills effective as well?
Replied by Armando
I'm amazed by your story, I been struggling with scalp follicullitis, went through 5 dermathologist and now I can't wait to try this one. You just bought raw and eat like that? Please advise me. Greetings!

Posted by Deborah (Digby NS, Canada) on 06/23/2008
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I've been diagnosed with first of all, dermatitis on my left buttock for which the doc prescribed a steroid ointment, which didn't do much. Then another doc diagnosed folliculitis and prescribed micocylcine, which makes me terribly sick. I was searching your web site and decided to try the turmeric powder. There was a marked improvement and then what was about the size of a quarter escalated to a small grapefruit, spread down through my groin area and rectum. I'm now trying tumeric, baking soda and also acv and also a lot of prayer. Also, bathed in a full hot tub with 1/2 cup of bleach this morning. It felt great and I actually felt clean for the first time in a long time. I do have some relief today as I type this and I'm looking forward to seeing an even smaller patch tomorrow. No boils per se, just what looks like a red plateau on my buttock with a couple of red pimples. My last doc said it was not contagious, but I do believe that it is. It has occurred to me that it could be MRSA because I've visited the hospital a few times over the last 2 months with my daughter. I'll explore this further. Thanks for the website; it's truly awesome!

EC: Additional pages of interest:
Boil Remedies
MRSA Remedies

Posted by Elise (London, England) on 04/26/2008
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Hello, just thought I'd write to you, because after days of feeling hopeless I may have found the cure to my folliculitis, which has been with me for months,with turmeric. After reading the many successes on this site, I thought I would try it myself. I Tried 1 teaspoon in a cup of warm water 3 times a day, only been a few days, but already Ive seen a marked improvement, even my scars dont look as bad.My Doctor said that I had folliculitis and gave me course of erythromycin which actually made me feel very ill, and 'spaced out', and my stomach felt as if it would explode! took the course,although Im not sure if they helped or not, and bought myself some Hibiscrub. Also I have bought some tee tree oil antiseptic wash, as I really really want this embarrassing and painful complaint to go. I havent been tested for MRSA but my Doctor doesnt seem worried about this this. I am thinking of switching to turmeric tablets as the powder can be a little unpalatable and 'gritty' but I am continuing with it anyway. I am so very grateful for finding this site, and hope to see more improvement with my condition in the days to come,and I hope the turmeric remedy helps many more! Best wishes, x.

Posted by Scott (Eugene, Oregon) on 12/05/2007
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I purchased a bottle of 500mg Turmeric capsules, and took two pills, three times a day for one week. At first it seemed like things were clearing up, but then I started getting the pimples again. I don't have the large oozing type boils as I've seen mentioned here; mine are more like little red pimples, almost exclusively appearing on my thighs. I get one to three new ones daily which range from only mildly annoying to nicely painful, depending on their exact location. Looking around, I found references to this type as being called folliculitis (sp?) Anyway, the turmeric really didn't help much. I even upped my daily dosage to three capsules four times a day, with the only noticeable result being --perhaps -- that the pimples were slightly smaller and less painful. The stomach upset however was too much to bear at that dosage, and I was compelled to stop.

On another note, it seems like Milk Thistle (also in capsules) seems to be reducing my outbreaks. Other things I tried which had hope but did not come through in the long run: Goldenseal (caps); Tea Tree Oil (worked in large amounts but stunk up the place, and made me conspicuously smelly at the office). I'm just now studying the effects of rosemary soap, which I accidently discovered seemed to help. (My wife bought some rosemary shampoo, and on a lark I tried washing my trouble areas with a light dilution of it. So far it seems it may be having some positive effects. Thanks for all the other great tips you're cataloging here. I'm holding out for an actual medical cure for this nasty little bug -- but not holding my breath.

Replied by Alex
Kingston, Jamaica
I'm 17. You would not believe the effects Folliculitis has on the self-esteem of an otherwise confident girl like. I get the same kind that you get. Small reddish pimples on the inside of my thighs, and ive had them all of my high school life so that's about 5 years -___- I'm gonna try some the remedies I saw here but it's good to find out that I'm not some weird freak with zits on my thighs. And that partners don't ditch you when they find out. #1 weight lifted off shoulders. Thank You Earth Clinic
Replied by Kate
Oh my I can empathize, I'm 24 now but started getting infected folliculs at 17/18. It's the pits, I'm so glad I decided to look into natural remedies because the gels and crap my doctor keeps giving me are not working. My wonderful boyfriend has been so great about helping me get over the self esteem issues that came with the boils, he even took off work last summer to take me to the ER because one had become super infected and needed to be lanced- so gross, do not recommend. My point is, when you find the right person, they will know that we are all human and illness happens.