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How to Get Rid of Folliculitis

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62 User Reviews | 19 YEA | 1 NAY | 3 BETTER BUT NOT CURED    Treatment

Posted by Jack A. (Houston, Texas) on 09/05/2011

[YEA]  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!

Posted by Thirtysomthing (Los Angeles, Ca) on 06/03/2011

[YEA]  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
[YEA]   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

[YEA]  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

[YEA]  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

[YEA]  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

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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

[YEA]  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

[NAY]  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.

Posted by Spen (Kokura, Japan) on 07/01/2007

[YEA]  I have scalp folliculitis, for the last 10 years. I've been on many anti biotics, which always fail eventually, and the infection comes back with vengence, painfully. I've therefore turned to natural remedies.The folliculitis causes about 1cm wide spots, filled with puss, very sore, and they are slowly joining together. From 3 days ago, I tried a teaspoon of tumeric, mixed in a little cold water, 3 times a day.

The results are amazing. When I tried anti b's, I would see no results for 5-6 days. With turmeric, within 24hrs, my swelling had halved, and now, 4 days later, although I still have the red marks, the swelling has gone, 100%. I'm amazed, and the happiest man on earth! I'm sure it will not cure me, but the pain and irritation relief is unbelievable. I hope it continues, and if anyone else tries this method, please let me know, and good luck. Spencer

Replied by Melonie
Atlanta, Georgia USA
[YEA]   I have Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS). It is a pus-producing and debilitating skin condition that causes large infected boils on the neck, breasts, armpits, abdomen, buttocks and groin areas. They can grow together and also form a tunnel called a "sinus tract". It sounds like what some of you may have. I was self-diagnosed after doctors didn't know what is was & still didn't after informing them. Their treatment was years of antibiotics which didn't work, by-the-way because in most cases, the pus is sterile. I went online and searched for a Natural/Holistic treatment and found Turmeric. I took as directed ( 1 teaspoon in a cup of warm water 10-15 minutes before breakfast & dinner for 3 days). I felt results in hours - not days. I felt better overall. In 3 days all of my golf ball sized areas on my neck, breasts, underarms ans sinus tract disappeared, along with the terrible deep-purple scars that HS leaves. I went back to my dermatologist 6 months later and they could not believe I was the same person. I have told my HS Support Group Members about it and they, too, have been successful into putting their condition into remission. I have been in remission for 7 months now. For some reason, the capsules do not seem to have the same effects and affects as the powder in warm water, though.
Replied by Solida
Brooklyn, New York
I'm simply trying to find out if I can use the regular supermarket spice version of turmeric to drink? Thanks!!

EC: Yes, absolutely. That's the one we use!

Replied by Lauren
Scottsdale, Az


Replied by Djpurity
Berkeley, Ca
Turmeric is one of my very favorite spices. I put it on everything. It is very powerful antioxident and good for the digestive track and immune system among a dozen other bonus things. You can get capsules if you don't want to taste them, or get the spice and put it on all your food -I even put it on my yogurt with fresh berries, granola, agave nectar, cinnamon, and turmeric. Every day. I put turmeric on anything I cook (I am vegan) so if it's tempeh or seitan, it's awesome. But if you eat meat it's great on meat. It's good on rice, on grains, on everything, IMHO. Just the amount may take getting used to. Work up to a good amount. Start small, take a little a few times a day. You can buy soap and shampoo and conditioner and even body wash and oils with turmeric in it to keep you clean. It's very powerful stuff and used in many things and awesome to learn to like. But if you want to skip appreciating one of the most awesome spices out there, then I guess you could gulp it down in water but that sounds really gross. I would try it in kefir and maybe with agave and cinnamon unless you cannot eat those. But cinnamon goes well with turmeric so the flavor really is nice together. Give it a try and let us know what you think.


Replied by Rach
Atlanta, Ga, Usa
I just wanted to say that I am so greatful that I stumbled across this site. I have been dealing with horrible folliculitis on my chin for the past couple of months and nothing seems to help. I bought the tea tree oil, I'm getting the white vinegar tonight, but I have a couple of questions.

1. Should I use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar?

2. Can I use the tumeric that you can buy in the local grocery store or is there a certain type/organic grade that I should look for?

3. How often should I use the turmeric and should it be an ongoing thing?

4. How much turmeric should I use on a daily basis (amount)?

Thank you so much for everyone's input on this website.

Replied by Vineet
Mumbai, India
Hi, I have a basic question regarding the remedy..

Do we eat one tablespoon full of turmeric powder with warm water 2 or 3 times a day or do we form a paste and apply it to the affacted area to treat scalp folliculitis?

Replied by Lita209
Sanford, Fl, Usa
It would be a good idea to do both. Good luck!
Replied by Lancey
Johannesburg, South Africa
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   WOW - I am so happy I cam across this. I have had Folliculitus for over 10 years on my scalp. I have tried all available anti bi's and they have worked but only for a limited time. I have been using Turmeric for 3 days now and my scalp has almost cleared up. Thanks so much for putting the info up.

Still early day but I am really excited at the results.

Replied by Countrygirl
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada
[YEA]   I was so very happy to find this site, just as the rest of the people here. The first time I got folliculitis I of course went to the doctor and took antibiotics to get rid of it. That was about 4 months ago. It came back about a week ago, which was when I decided to try to find a better and permanent solution. Since last week, I have been soaking a cotton ball this the Apple Sider Viniger and applying this, just dabbing it all over the infected area for about 5 minutes three times a day and it is almost all cleared up. I just today started taking the tumeric - but had not liked the idea of putting it in a glass of water and drinking it. It is such a great spice! So I just put one teaspoon in a bowl of rice with virgin coconut oil (cold expeller pressed - another great healing agent) with some fresh spinach sliced up thinly and it was great! I fully believe that the reason the infection had started in the first place is because our immune systems are not up to par - which is where the tumeric comes in. I have done much research on this and it seems to be the answer to a whole lot of health problems. So, I will continue to put the tumeric on anything I think it will go with, (on potatoes, meat, rice etc) every day to build up my immune system and will hopefully never have this happen again. Thanks for all the great advice here from everyone (and from the one post about just putting the tumeric on food - that is the way to go). :-)
Replied by Southaussie62
I'm so glad I found this thread. I believe I've finally found a cure for this hellish disease.

So here's my story:

I've suffered from folliculitis around my back area for I don't know how many years (it has to be 6-10 years or so).

My condition started after I developed itchy pus-filled welts that would appear around my groin area which would split and bleed (absolutely disgusting). I consulted a doctor who prescribed me what I recall was Doxycillin, which knocked it on the head (thank god), though I did get a milder recurrence a short time later. So I consulted a specialist but when I saw him the symptoms weren't there (I had to book in to see him some weeks ahead) and did nothing but tell me to come back when I had symptoms and charged me $150 for the consult.

So back to my GP I eventually went who gave me a follow up dose of the antibiotic which seemed to knock out the welts symptom but then, at about that time, I noticed I started getting itchiness and redness around my rear area. The area would look like sunburn. Its odd I know but in my mind I believed the disease had simply moved from my front area to my rear, albeit with somewhat different symptoms (apart from the itchiness which was the same & which was still present in my groin area but without the split skin etc). Another course of the antibiotic though this time did nothing. I asked my GP for a stronger dose but he advised the dosage he was prescribing me was already reaching 'toxic levels', so this wasn't an option. So at this point I tried all sorts of 'home remedies' including Colloidal Silver, Tea Tree Oil, Peroxide, MSM, antiseptics - basically anything I came across that might have good anti-bacterial or anti-fungal properties (as I was of the opinion it was a fungal or bacterial disease), but nothing worked. At best I would get mild temporary relief but then the disease would return with a vengeance. Its almost like it had a 'mind of its own', developing a resistance to anything I threw at it. So over time I decided I would just have to live with the condition. Blood tests I had had found nothing. Another GP I saw a year or 2 later did the same blood tests and tried different creams etc but eventually made the comment that this condition may be a form of eczema and that I 'just might have to live it' which is not what I wanted to hear, as I was thinking the same and this simply reinforced this 'give up' approach, which was not what I really wanted to do.

So I then had my medical records transferred to another GP who lived closer with a view to getting someone to take a 'fresh look' at my condition. This GP was better. I don't recall what he did originally. From memory he tried different antibiotics which didnt help but it was good in that he was keen to try and find a cure. He subsequently referred me to a Specialist who also was very good. This time I had the symptoms of the red rash and itchiness around my rear area (sitting was painful & I had a desk job so this made it all the more a problem). By now I had this condition for so long and had been scratching the area for so long (it used to drive me nuts at night when I was trying to sleep) that a fairly large area of the skin had 'thickened up'. He diagnosed me with a form of folliculitis. At least now I could take some comfort in the fact I now knew what it was - the condition had a name. He prescribed me a cortisone that would thin the skin and asked me to come back so he could prescribe something else once this cream had done its job. A few weeks later I returned and he said the area looked much better and that the skin had thinned out as he had expected. He then prescribed a cream for me (Bactroban) and a few weeks later I went back to see him. At this point he discharged me as he was of the opinion the condition had improved significantly. He advised me to use the Bactroban if I had any 'flare-ups' and its this that I have been using for some years now @ $15 a tube, which usually lasts me about a month.

Then yesterday morning when sitting down in front of my laptop I noticed the itchiness and discomfort return again (which is nothing new as I have the symptoms pretty much every day) and made the first of probably 6 trips to the bathroom for the day to apply the Bactroban cream. It was then that I decided to google 'natural remedies folliculitis' and the 1st thread I found was this one. I read how simple vinegar has cured this ailment for many people and was keen to try Turmeric so I looked online for the VICCO cream and ordered a tube. I also dabbed some cotton balls in plain white vinegar and dabbed the affected area and WOW what a reaction! Instantly the itchiness disappeared & the redness started to fade. I then rushed round to my pharmacy and bought some Turmeric tablets (3,000mg) and took one and I noticed over the next hour or so the redness had completely gone. Knowing I had to wait several days at least for the turmeric cream to arrive I googled 'Indian Grocery Stores' and found one not far from me that stocked the cream so I drove around and grabbed another tube & dabbed that onto the affected area for good measure. I also purchased some Vitamin E cream and applied that over the top of the VICCO cream, & 24 hours later I can confidently say I believe I've finally beaten this thing. I've said this before trying other treatments but none of them had had such an effect as to remove all the symptoms of this disease as the vinegar and turmeric has. This has not simply alleviated the symptoms to a large degree (as other treatments have) - its completely snuffed it out. I noticed a very slight itch in one area between the folds of skin this morning and dabbed it with white vinegar and the itch instantly disappeared. Bactroban & nothing else I have ever tried has had such a profound & immediate effect. At best they have reduced the itching somewhat but I've always had to go back and apply more cream a short time later but an hour after applying the vinegar the itchiness hasn't returned. I can't stop checking in the mirror expecting to see a return of the redness only to see NOTHING there. I am absolutely stunned (not to mention over-joyed) that this thing has finally gone. Just WOW.

In summary, for me at least, turmeric & white vinegar are god sends. I'm not sure which is most responsible for ridding me of this condition, but I can attest to the immediate affect of directly applied vinegar. It could be the turmeric is preventing it from coming back & possibly assisting with the symptoms. Its hard to say as I started using both the turmeric and vinegar at the same time, however I will continue to use both if & when I notice symptoms again. I will post here again at some stage in the future with an update on this condition and what seems to be - its cure.

As a side note, my partner sometimes suffers from acute bouts of eczema so I have put her onto the turmeric tablets and cream and yesterday she noticed an immediate result also. Hopefully this gold colored substance is a cure for her condition also.

Replied by Southaussie62
So..its been several days since I added my post above and the results so far have been extremely good. I've had a couple of minor flare-ups of the folliculitis over the least few days but nowhere near as many as I would normally get particularly in view of the fact it is mid-summer here in Australia (the heat & humidity exacerbates the condition). I've immediately wiped the area with ACV upon noticing the slightest symptom (usually discomfort and redness) then applied Turmeric skin cream. I continue to take turmeric 1 x3,000mg capsule daily as well. But the symptoms have been very minor since I started with this new regime. I am absolutely elated!

I've noticed the odd minor itch occur a couple of times (but only in the folds of the skin and in 1 small area) and hit it with ACV which removed the itch immediately. I then applied more turmeric cream to the area & the itch hasnt returned.

Interestingly, I noticed the tube of Bactroban yesterday sitting on my bathroom shelf that I havent touched now for several days. I couldn't live without this antibiotic up until now as nothing else gave me relief.

So far the ACV/Turmeric regime has proven to be a winner. It may be too early to say its a cure until I allow more time to see if this disease develops a resistance but I doubt it will. Most things I've tried in the past have only given me some relief of the symptoms (they've not cleared it up) and only for anything from a few hours, to a day or so, before the folliculitis comes back even worse than before. But this time it hasn't and its been several days. At the very least I can say so far that using ACV & turmeric cream are very cheap alternatives to Bactroban and are much more effective. I used to have to apply Bactroban up to 6 times a day or more when it was really bad. Now I apply the ACV & turmeric 2-3 times a day, and that's really more to stop it from returning and/or due to very minor symptoms.

I hope to be able to post here in another week or so to say I'm 100% cured.

Replied by Southaussie62
[YEA]   So its been about a week since I started with the ACV and Turmeric and I'm elated. I havent touched the Bactroban since I started and my symptoms are 95% better than they were. I still get the odd itch in the middle of the night sometimes but leave it until the morning to apply the ACV or Turmeric unless its irritating to the point it keeps me awake (which is rare). When I awake in the morning I apply ACV followed by Turmeric if required. Each time the ACV kills the itch. This stuff is brilliant.

I might also add that I used to also get some itching around my groin area as well with some redness which was just an added burden, (& I still do occasionally), but again an application of ACV & Turmeric kills it dead. The skin around this area is looking much better.

Turmeric and Coconut Oil Paste, Castor Oil  
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Posted by Karen (Alberta, Canada) on 08/17/2014

[YEA]  Folliculitis Treatment:

I usually use a Turmeric/Coconut Oil paste on the small boils, which drains them quickly. Then I rub Castor Oil or Manuka Honey into the small open wounds that are left. This system worked fantastic for me. I say worked in the past tense, because I now head them off at the pass before they can fully form and have not needed to bring them to a head and drain them. Lately, I have found it easier to just start rubbing in a few drops of Tea Tree Oil, let dry for a few seconds, then I rub in some Castor Oil - at the stage where you first know the boil is forming , and they start shrinking immediately and go away! This just takes a few days to work; with no pain, no drain and no scarring.

Turmeric, Oregano Oil  
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Posted by Dave The Kiwi (Auckland) on 08/11/2015 | 3 Posts

[YEA]  Hi all

I have suffered form scalp folliculitis for about 15 years I think. I did try antibiotics years back and whilst they worked for a while, the problem came back worse than ever thereafter. So I decided to try and find a natural rememdy.

There is a long list of things I have tried. Steeped garlic, ACV, tea tree oil, African black soap, Head and shoulders shampoo, Emu oil, Emu Relief Balm, Witch Hazel, Tumeric powder and capsules, listerine, Neem oil, collidial silver, malt vinegar and probably a few other things that I have forgotten.

But I think I am now on to something. I am using a 3 pronged attack. T Gel shampoo every day ( Neutrogena - yes it smells ), Turmeric capsules ( 4 x 600mg per day split 2 in morn and 2 in evening ) and 3 x Oil of Oregano ( 1500 mg capsules with 2 in morn and one in afternoon ).

There is a significant improvement in my scalp condition with no new lesions and all the others healing.... wow!!!!

So weird to finally see an improvement!!! I hope this helps others!!


Update1 and about a week on. No new breakouts. I have modified my attack slightly to try and maintain the upper hand. Its almost like when I look at what I have used before that the enemy adapts to what I am using and builds up a resistance to it. So my new attack is an increase in Oregano oil to 3 of same capsules in morn and 2 in afternoon and 2 same Tumeric ( Circumen) capsules in morn and 2 in afternoon. I am continuing with the dailt TGel shampoo as well as using Witchs Hazel through out day. I am going to win this!!

Replied by Dave The Kiwi
Auckland, New Zealand
3 Posts
Another update on my scalp folliculitis.

I continue on with the same daily dosage of Oil of Oregano caps and Tumeric caps. A couple of very minor flare ups on healing lesions and a very small number of minor new lesions. But these seem to be healing quickly. Scalp better than it has been in years.

Only changes to daily procedure is from time to time I nip a Oregano cap and then pour the oil on to my scalp. Seems to help. I also alternative shampoos between T/gel as already mentioned and a new one called Jasons Dandruff relief shampoo. Battle goes on ....

Replied by Patty
I also have scalp folliculitis and have tried all the things that you have tried including antibiotics for almost a month. I am just now trying the turmeric with oil and bromelaine to help absorb the turmeric. I also use a shampoo and conditioner with tea-tree and peppermint and rosemary and eucalyptus which does not seem to help with my breakout of small lesions on my scalp and does not seem help with the loss of hair of which I have been loosing for over a year now and have already lost half of the hair that I once had. I also took oregano oil internally and externally on my scalp but that did not seem to do much good. maybe these things are keeping it from being much worse , I don't know. I have decide to start taking 2,800 mg of turmeric per day in divided doses, half in the morning and half in the evening with some fats like milk, or coconut milk and almond milk together or coconut oil. I was wondering if you are having any luck with your program. I read on this site to give it time, maybe a few weeks to a few months to see if it will work. someone said to take the turmeric powder and put it in warm milk and it works better that way so I will try this, have you tried to take the turmeric this way? Let me know how your program is going for you and maybe we can help each other with advice. I would appreciate any thing you have to offer.
Replied by Dave
3 Posts
Hi Patty

Still taking same dosage. I do still have an occasional flare up but overall I pretty much have it under control with the meds I am taking. The other thing is the lesions are way smaller than what I used to get so I really think the Oil of Oregano / Turmeric capsules are working better than anything else I have tried.

I was hopeful of clearing it completely but not so far....

Keep u updated and really appreciate if you can do same mate. Cheers

Vitamin D  

Posted by Phil (Maryborough, Qld ) on 12/11/2011

I have suffered with Folliculitis for the last 4 years and have tried all of the remedies I found on the Internet, including apple cider vinegar steroid creams and antibiotics but with no success I would find that it would just decrease and when I though it was going away it come back worse than ever, it was on my face and couldn't shave and was speading onto my head and down my neck but it wasn't until I read a blog here about the Low Iron Anaemia.

This reminded me that awhile ago I had a full blood test and the result found that I had a vitamin D deficiency and had been given some supplements but forgot to take them I thought that I would just get more sun.

I remembered that about 4 years ago I stopped drinking milk for some unknown reason I then read somewhere else that you cannot absorb vitamin D without calcium so I thought maybe all these things were connected I have now for the last couple of weeks been having a glass of milk with a egg in the morning and I have still contuinued to use the ACV and have found it has cleared up for the first time.

I also had dry scaly skin on my legs and forarms and that has cleared up as well I hope this will help and would be interested to hear if anyone else has found they have a vitamin D deficiency.

Replied by Mamun2a
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Me mamun2a from Dhaka, Bangladesh. I had Foliculities from almost 4 years. It was start from my head/scalp itching. At that time I met a Dermatologist he gave me some med n a Zinc Pyrithione base shampoo after 3/4 months no result. Stop using all. 6-7 month did not use anything without Zinc pyrithion base shampoo. In the meantime the bumps r begin spread on my eyebrow and face, again move to another dermatologist, he defined it as Foliculitis n give me powerful Antibiotics Azythromycin 5 course on 5 weeks with zinc pyrothion shampoo, anti alargic tablet and advice to wash face with Dove soap. These worked very nice I was totally cured in 3 weeks though I completed the 5 course. But after 3-4 months its start to return again .

Then from Jan 2012 I tried with Homeopathic and stopped those on mid March due to no result. Meantime my my head is almost clear from bumps till June, but now my face is developing foliculitis, now it increasing mostly in face. Now I realize may be Homeo med worked because there was myth that Homeopathy work slowly.

Now I will come to this site for find a permanent solution for it.

Replied by Carole
Detroit, Mi
Try Bitter Melon Caps, and Dr. J. H. McLean's Volcanic Oil on the scalp, mixed with lotion on the face. The active ingreadient is medicinal grade turpintine. If you are going to start again with the homeopathy remedies, you should use the above mentioned oil. Also try using a sulfur based soap. Hope that helps.
Replied by Carole
Detroit, Mi
Meant to say, you should not use the oil with homeopathy. Wash your bedding using borax as your condition may be linked to a type of mite.

White Vinegar  
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Posted by Stormy (Pueblo, Colorado) on 08/26/2012

[YEA]  Hi all, I had foliculitis from chemo. I took a prescription from the doc. And a few other things to get rid of it but the only thing that would work was the white vinegar. It was a little smelly but it worked great!

Replied by Jeannie
Portland, Or
[YEA]   White Vinegar for folliculitis:

I had itching and then bumps on my thighs. Because of the location, I thought it might be "jock itch, " so I tried an anti fungal cream for two weeks. Nothing! Tried aloe, A&D ointment, tea tree oil -- nothing worked.

Then I tried the white vinegar compress, 2-3 times per day and within a couple of days, voila! I used one part white vinegar to 3 parts water. I soak a small washcloth in the solution, then leave it on the affected area for about 20 minutes. Works like a charm. This was great, because I had called a dermatologist and couldn't get an early appointment. Saved myself $$.

Highly recommended!

Witch Hazel  
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Posted by Rhebs (Washington, Dc) on 05/30/2013

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Folliculitis: It's been years I think that I have it but not aware of it. How I got it? I don't know. I remember a pea size in pubic hair and my gyn gave me one big antibiotic for candida yeast and for years I did not have it until I had a caregiver for my mom who has it and that I contacted it again. It has been a couple of years that I have been suffering until I got into this witch hazel. It helped and cleared but I flared up again three weeks ago. I continue to dab the witch hazel and it helps. I am seeing a dermatologist next week and I want that candida antibiotic again. I will keep you informed. I want to help. Rhebs