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How to Get Rid of Folliculitis

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Turmeric, Oregano Oil  

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

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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

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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

Hi Dave,

I am still on 1,500 mill of turmeric 2 x per day with a good fat like avocado and Greek Yogurt in a smoothie and I also put 1/4 teaspoon of plain ground black pepper in my smoothie or with a small glass of whole milk as the fats help the body to absorb the turmeric and they say the black pepper will help the body absorb the turmeric 2,000 x better so I do this with both my doses once in the morning and again at night when I take my second dose.

The turmeric also took the pain away that I was experiencing in my spine from arthritis and pinched nerves so that was a nice surprise. My derm also told me to use an over the counter antiseptic/antimicrobial skin cleanser ( chlorhexidine ) on my scalp and body once a week to kill off bacteria and change my pillow cases every day and also the sheets if I have any sores on the rest of my body which I do have a few here and there but they are slowly getting less and less now so hoping they will be completely gone in a few more weeks of doing these things.

I have no more sores on my scalp but it does get sore from time to time, so when I feel the soreness coming back I get out my heating pad or hair dryer and warm up my scalp to open up my pores and then spray listerine mouthwash ( that I have also warmed up a little) and spray it on my sore spots which is mostly the crown of my head that gets sore, and the soreness is either gone or almost gone the next day, if its not all the way gone then I will respray it again and that will usually do the trick. I only use the yellow colored listerine. the antiseptic, (chlorhexidine) and the listerine will dry out the hair so I'm careful about using it to often but I also try and condition my hair often. anyway, I also take a good strong probiotic and drink kifer which is better than yogurt as it is full of probiotics and will help with the immune system. I am also going to start taking a real good whole foods vitamins that has lots of Bs in it and minerals and other good stuff, and I will also get on vitamin C, milk thistle and omega 3 krill oil. I already take a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar in a little glass of non-concentrated pineapple juice in the morning and at night before I eat.

I do feel lots better and my hair has almost stopped falling out now, and like I said, I have no more sores on my scalp but just itty bitty ones on my neck or back that seem to be getting less and less so I hope I do not have any more outbreaks of folliculitis on my scalp in the future.

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
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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
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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
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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

Posted by Jr (Dallas, Tx) on 09/17/2009
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Over the past few years I have been suffering from a mild to severe case of folliculitis of the scalp. The primary affected area was around the hairline just above the neck with a few additional patches on the sides and top. As most of you probably know folliculitis does have some kind of link with stress levels. When stress levels were high I would experience a flare up with numerous painful bumps. Having been two multiple dermatologists I had pretty much tried every treatment in the book ranging from anti-bacterial creams to corticosteroid based shampoos.

Once on a visit to my barber for a haircut he mantioned that another client of his had experienced success with witch hazel. I purchased a bottle (generic kind available at Walmart) rather half-heartedly and gave it a try. Every morning after a shower I would use a cotton ball and wipe down the area with the witch hazel solution. To my complete and pleasant surprise the bumps disappeared almost completely and have not returned even after I stopped using it.

I have since researched this and found out that a pure witch hazel extract may actually be better. The generic kind I purchased contains 14% isopropyl alcohol. I still have a few affected areas that I am going to try this on given the success I've had so far.

I sure hope this information helps somebody out there in their fight against folliculitis.

Replied by Tristano
New York, Ny
It sounds like many of us have Pityrosporum Folliculitis which is CAUSED or made WORSE by antibiotics. In that case you would need to take an anti-yeast pill prescribed by your doctor. This is what happened to me. The problem went away completely, after suffering for two years on all kinds of antibiotics. The problem did come back after I took antibiotics for a throat infection. Now I am on the antifungals again.
Replied by Boc
Burbank, Ca
I am 19 years old, I suffer from Folliculitis as well. First and foremost great thread really has helped. I was put on antibiotics which ended up giving me Hives. After stopping the antibiotics my condition worsened I believe mainly due to the fact that I popped one of the boils/ pimples.


2) Screw antibiotics they don't work as stated above.

3) I have been soaking my groin with a soaked cloth of White Vinegar put in the microwave for 20 seconds let it cool until it is cool enough to apply to skin. (The heat opens up your pores allowing the vinegar to enter) I began with a 50% dilutions of White vinegar and water and worked my way up to Pure White vinegar on cloth. I let it sit until it runs cold while I am out during the day etc, boxer briefs help keep it in place.

4) Vinegar does burn but if you have a good pain tolerance and can wait it out it helps, the burning sensation is letting you know that the bacteria is getting annihilated and move to the top of the skin, after a while the burn will go away.

5) I take a hot bath with added salt and apple cidar vinegar. Very soothing mix to your own liking the water doesn't need to turn too brown with how much vinegar you put in. The salt dries the skin under the water and the apple cidar vinegar attacks the bacteria.

6) Wash your towels constantly, or use paper towels to wipe your groin or infected area.

7) When I go to sleep at night I do another cloth of vinegar solution and put a heating pad on outside of my boxers, that way it keeps it hot throughout the night and to be honest feels very soothing.

8) I so far have executed 2 successful days of this and have almost gotten rid of all the boils and now they are back to the beginning pimple stages, however I am sure that the Turmeric I ordered in powder and pill for off Amazon will take care of the rest while I continue this treatment for myself.

To be honest the bath is bit overkill I do it because I want results fast and soaking for about 30 min or even and hour really does help. On average I soak my groin in Vinegar about 22hr's a day changing out the rag or cloth about 3-4 times a day. Which you can just soak it in hot water and ring it out and re-use. I will let you know how everything works out but my second day and my boils have gone from excruciating pain 100% to about 15% and the redness has almost gone. Now just these little pimples I have to knock out.

PS I understand if you have work cause I work in a very public place for a tv show, I just bite the bullet. Only 2 people mention about the vinegar smell and I told them its a remedy I am using for rash on my arms, which I wear long sleeves so its better than admitting the top portion of my groin is infected especially to the ladies, plus my gf understands and it doesn't stop us from having our fun. However you shouldn't be having close contact sex until your bumps go down and it doesn't hurt anymore. So far she hasn't caught anything. God speed to everyones speedy recovery! -BOC

Replied by Boc
Burbank, Ca
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Update on day 3

1) yesterday was end of my 2nd day I decided to give vinegar a little rest my Turmeric came in mail and after about 3 glasses over the course of this 18 hours it has gone down more significantly. I still have some pains but overall I can feel my boils slowly dissipating.

2) I found that I no longer need to soak for the full 22 hours I now only do it at night while I sleep as stated above (post) with a heating pad over it. When I woke up in the middle of the night to check on progress of this treatment I noticed many white heads appearing near the boils which is actually a wonderful thing which means the vinegar cloth/ rag with a heating pad over it is pulling up the bacteria without having to pop anything.

3) after noticing this in the mirror at about 4 am I got a cotton ball and soaked it in rubbing alcohol and lightly cleaned the area. TO MY SURPRISE the white heads fell right off and a strong burning sensation came over the areas where they fell off and some minor blood. However I felt a lot better after wiping my whole groin area down aside from the burning. But as well all know that means it's just doing its job of cleaning the infection without me having to pop or burst anything so I was a happy camper and went back to sleep and put the rag back over with the heating pad.

4) I woke up for work at about 7am (3 hours later) and I noticed there was barely and white dots but very light scabs and the remaining white heads came right off with another alcohol cotton ball light rub. I preceded to take a shower and got out and applied some acne treatment ointment Generic brand doesn't matter what as long as it says acne or pimple cream or gel etc.

5) before I took off to work took another shot of Turmeric and took some powder (Turmeric) with me to have 2 more at work today. I will update again soon on my third day of my own treatment and so far the results are great. Still in pain when it comes to my loose boxers/ shorts but overall I just keep a positive outlook which is important and try to keep my stress level down. I also take vitamins everyday that you can buy from Trader Jo's and whenever my work orders lunch or breakfast I try to keep it on healthier side. Will update tomorrow morning and let you know how much more they have gone down. From the looks of this I may even be able to go to Disneyland this Saturday I AM EXCITED!

Replied by Rhebs
Washington, Dc
Hi as promised I am back after seeing my 4th dermatologist. The first, 2nd, and 3rd dermatologists' diagnosed as follicullitis, this 4th one, he had my skin biopsied and said I have atopic eczema. My case actually is a combination of the two, folliculitis on top of flared up eczema. Eczema is in the genes or heriditary and there is no cure but it is manageable. It can flare up by stress. He gave me a week of antibiotic, a tub of steroid cream to be applied 3x a day, atarax 3x but since I am working I take it before going to bed, cool quick shower (no hot shower), white dove soap, cerave lotion after shower. No perfume, avoid anti bacterial soap, makes skin dry and more itchy. He told me that I could eat anything... I got better but when I ate crabs and shrimps, I started to itch. These are the stuff I am avoiding: dogs and cats, chicken, some seafoods, also some canned soup, lavender soap, all perfumed lotion and soaps. I have my clothes washed in ALL soap for sensitive skin and dawn for softener anti allergenic. Right now I have some along the crown of my hair line and few spots on my arms. I dub it with witch hazel before going to bed and keep myself calm. Am scheduled to go back to my dermatologist in 6 months. I like this dermatologist of mine because he knows how to explain. He is a teaching Derm in Hopkins but have a private practice. I'll stick with him this time. At least, I wear my short sleeves blouses this summer. I have scars but I don't care. I stay away from the heat. I will continue to share my journey as I am trying to find cure for this CROSS of mine.
Replied by Sp
Wb, Nj
Hi Rhebs, steroid creams can give you a worse problem if used for more than one week. I know, I'm in my 21st month of recovery from using steroid creams for 3 1/2 years and I am still suffering from it. Please go to (International Topical Steroid Addiction Network) or do a search for "topical steroid addiction" or "topical steroid withdrawal" and read up on it before you put any on your skin.
Replied by Lee
For years, I suffered with a folliculitis diagnosis. then, I saw a derm specializing in psoriasis after I had some really nasty things happening. I was biopsied in my genital area. turns out, I have a rare type of psoriasis called "inverse" or "flexural" psoriasis. its the opposite of normal psoriasis, in that it forms in moist areas where there is a lot of friction. I didnt actually have folliculitis, even though several dermatologists judged that I did. I would encourage you all to request biopsies if you are having these levels of problems. psoriasis is an immune disease and will not go away with many of these remedies. in fact, some of them will make it much worse. I know from experience. the hardest thing ive had to do is accept that nothing can completely cure my suffering. at least I know why though. dont just take a doctor's opinion- demand they test. I saw many primary care doctors and also many dermatologists before I found out what was truly the issue. I was convinced that I had a fungal infection because I had never even heard of inverse psoriasis. there are many other versions as well that are also rare, and could produce many of the symptoms I've seen on this folliculitis thread. please demand a biopsy and find out for sure what is going on.