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Folliculitis

Updated on November 12, 2008

Folliculitis

I'm writing this lens to discuss and explore the acne-like skin infection known as folliculitis. I'll cover the various types of folliculitis, the common and alternative treatments available, psychological factors to consider and my recent personal experience with this condition. I hope this will be of help and comfort to you if you too are suffering from a folliculitis infection. Just knowing that others are going through the same thing and that it's just a condition that can be sorted out will be of some consolation.

My Experience With Folliculitis

...how I became Spotty Muldoon overnight and discovered the joys of folliculitis skin infections - yay!

Folliculitis Removal

When I started getting spots on my face about 7 weeks ago, I figured I must have been overdoing it a bit and needed to detox. I immediately went on a water fast for a day, followed by two days on just raw apples. In the past, this would have been more than enough to clear up skin blemishes and I should have looked and felt really good. Only thing was, it didn't make a bit of difference! I was getting even more spots. What was going on? This shouldn't be happening. I was a 38-year-old 'health nut' of a man not a 14-year-old junkfood-eating boy -- I shouldn't be getting acne spots!

Well, like it or not, I was getting acne-like spots and they seemed to be multiplying over my face and neck. There's nothing like having a big zit on your nose to really make your day!

I upped my liquid intake -- consuming lots of water. I washed my face morning and night with Oxy face wash (it had always worked for me in the past). I was already eating lots of fresh, organic fruit and vegetables. Surely that would fix it?

No, the spots kept coming (red ones, whiteheads, crusty ones ... the complete pizza menu!).

I went to Google and started searching ... acne, adult acne, skin infections. Oh my gosh, there was a whole world of nasties out there. The worst is if you click on image search results and get hit by the absolute extreme cases. I was scared when I saw how bad some people get hit by skin infections. I looked at hives, scabies, impetigo, psoriasis, ecsema (how do you spell that?!), and a host of things that I have now deliberately forgotten. Somewhere in the mix I also read about folliculitis. But to be honest I didn't know what I had. Follicultis sounded like the most likely -- but there were many different types of folliculitis.

I get medical folliculitis treatment

Taking my folliculitis face to the Doctor!

I really hate medical intervention and avoid medicines and pharmaceutical products as much as I can. So I started looking for natural cures to get rid of it and at the very least control it. These worked to some extent but it felt like a real battle that has just stretched on week after week. I did go to the Doctors after about 3 weeks of this. She told me it was folliculitis and prescribed antibiotics. I got my prescription and went home. For the next two days I was elated, the spots were clearing. Yay!

...But then they came back. Before the course of antiobiotics had finished. Oh-my-god! No-ooooooo-oooooooo!

Well, I didn't know what to do then. I had read of certain types of hardcore acne that resulted from taking too much antibiotics. And that there were types of folliculitis that didn't respond to antibiotics. It was all so confusing. So I just kept going, getting different types of supplement, trying different cleansing regimes, natural cures, supplements and so on.

Finally, just this last weekend, I looked a real mess. In trying to treat and fight the spots, my skin had dried up and it started sloughing off my chin and upper lip. I felt hideous. :-) My wife and son were completely non-judgemental and supportive as they had been all along. But I just felt like hiding in a dark cupboard somewhere. So I finally booked another doctor's appointment and just this morning went back to see her.

Turns out the pharmacy had given me the wrong type of antibiotic (a general kind called Amoxicillin instead of one for skin called Flucloxacillin). She gave me another course of antibiotics (making sure it was the Flucloxacillin kind this time) and a fungal cream in case it is fungal like folliculitis barbae. She also prescribed an anti-fungal medication (miconazole nitrate) but we decided I would go on that following the antiobiotics -- just in case the side affects of taking both medicines simultaneously were too much. If the antibiotics and cream don't work completely, I will go and get the anti-fungal meds too.

Folliculitis Info

Symptoms, treatments and cures for the various types of folliculitis

Folliculitis can be a very distressing skin infection particularly when it attacks your face, causing spots, whitehead papules and crusting zits.

Types of Folliculitis

There are two forms of folliculitis: superficial and deep/recurring folliculitis.

Superficial folliculitis sometimes clears by itself within a few days and includes the following variants of folliculitis:

* Pseudomonas folliculitis (hot tub folliculitis)

* Barber's itch

* Tinea barbae

* Pseudofolliculitis barbae

* Pityrosporum folliculitis

* Herpetic folliculitis

Deep or recurring folliculitis includes the following:

* Gram-negative folliculitis

* Boils and carbuncles

* Eosinophilic folliculitis

To read a concise description of the symptoms of each of these, see:

http://edition.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/DS/00512.html

Medical treatments for folliculitis

What your Doctor or Dermatologist will likely give you to cure folliculitis

Medical treatments for folliculitis seem to focus on antibiotics and antifungals.

Antibiotics might be topical (creams or lotions you put on your skin like Neosporin) or oral (pills you swallow). I've been prescribed a course of 500mg Flucloxacillin capsules to be taken 4 times a day for a week.

Antifungals again can be topical (like the miconazole nitrate cream I was prescribed today) or oral.

Your doctor may also prescribe an anti-pruritic medication to help you control itching if that is a problem. I find my skin does get itchy, around the jawline, especially at night in bed.

The Mayo Clinic website summarizes treatments for the different types of folliculitis here:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/folliculitis/DS00512/DSECTION=8

Natural and alternative treatments for folliculitis

Searching for natural folliculitis cures?

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Natural treatments are always my first choice. Sometimes that is a good thing and sometimes it just prolongs my suffering! There are times when hardcore proven science will have to rescue you from the fuzzy-thinking, anecdotal world of alternative health!

That said, here is what I have been using to cope with folliculitis.

During the times when I thought I might just have acne, I tried a host of natural acne remedies which included:

* 3 day apple diet cure for acne. Result: no significant change... and hunger!

* Manuka honey applied topically on my face (for 30 mins and also overnight). Result: very limited improvement. Better off swallowing it.

* Salt and baking soda face scrub as recommended in an online acne cure book. Result: no obvious improvement. Ouch!

* Lemon juice on spots. Result: slight sting with no obvious improvement.

* Tea tree oil and tea tree moisturiser. Result: Good. Seemed to control and dry-up spots. Kept them in check. Stings though and can dry out skin too much.

* Vitamin B5. I read this was good for acne. Result: psychological comfort that I was taking something that would help. No obvious improvement.

* Propolis capsules. Read great things about propolis' antiobiotic-like affects. Result: Don't know.

* Vitamin E 1000 iu. Result: seemed to exacerbate whitehead spots.

* Vitamin C 500mg chew tablets. Result: I have great confidence in Vit C support for skin, but don't think chew tabs are that great because of sugar content.

* Vitamin An oil drops. Result: Oil based Vit A seemed to trigger whitehead spots.

More natural folliculitis cures I tried

Experimenting on my folliculitis filled face!

Continuing on the list of my experiments with natural cures for folliculitis...

* Raw garlic in meals. Result: I think this helps attack whatever is causing my folliculitis. I just felt good for having it in salads. Libido picked up too (which is a bonus!). Anyone fancy a romp with a spotty, garlic-breathed 'horndawg'?

* Apple Cider Vinegar: 2 tablespoons of this in a glass of water first thing in AM. Result: hair looks much shinier, unaffected skin looks good.

* Baking Soda: eighth of a teaspoon mixed in with Apple Cider Vinegar drink. Supposed to even out the pH. Don't understand the 'science' behind it, but I feel good on it.

* Hydrogen Peroxide 3% solution. Just got this to apply topically to whiteheads. Result: Too soon to say, but maybe helps shrink whiteheads faster.

* Visualizing healthy clear skin. Result: I would say this is one of the single most important aids to recovery. Seeing yourself where you want to be. Check out Psycho-cybernetics (the Matt Furey updates).

* Affirmations. I used Louse Hay's book 'You Can Heal Your Life' for insights into psychological factors that might cause skin infections. Result: Insightful, comforting.

* Turmeric powder (1 teaspoon mixed with a little water and swallowed 3 or 4 times a day). Result: I believe this helps.

* Blackstrap Molasses (1 teaspoon mixed in with warm water and the turmeric mentioned above). Result: I believe this helps too.

Best source of information I found on natural cures for skin disorders is http://www.earthclinic.com They have a page dealing specifically with boils and staph and MRSA infections. Reading this was a little scary ...and enlightening.

Here in the UK, national newspapers like the the Daily Mail indulge in periodic rants at the state of British NHS hospitals where so-called superbugs like MRSA are said to be rife because of poor hygience conditions. Reading those stories has always made me think that MRSA is just in hospitals but of course it isn't! And reading the personal stories on earthclinic.com shows how many people are getting MRSA infections and being misdiagnosed.

Anyway take a look and hold your nerve. There are some very good superhealth recommendations on there. And one or two scary sounding cures. Use discernment.

Here's where you can comment on this folliculitis lens, relate your story or give a tip for an effective folliculitis cure that you have used....

Many thanks,

Wily

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      Johnk108 2 years ago

      Specifically where web can a certified psyciatrist submit content or sites for them to become fashionable? bbgdbadfckcd

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      If you have problem with you folliculitis, that visit my blog: folliculitis-treatment.com. There are many tips to get rid of folliculitis in the fastest way.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      this may strange but i noticed whenever i sweated a lot my folliculitus increased so a few weeks a go i put on some anti perstprerant deodorant on my affectected areas since then i affected a break out it may be worth it give it a try

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Have you ever looked into the possibility of Candida overgrowth? Candida yeast tends to grow in excess in our intestine and overpopulate the good bacteria. The reason I say this is because I noticed you said you did a cleanse, and all you ate was apple. Well, it makes sense that your skin got worse bc Candida thrives on sugar of any kind (even fruit, and wheat). While, this may or may not be the problem, it's worth a shot! You should look into the symptoms and cleansing diets, and see if any of it applies to your case. It's often times a hidden cause of most acne-like problems. I too, have also tried many things for chronic foliculitis all over my body without success. So this is my next, and most promising, experiment. The only other thing that has proven effective (but is expensive) is laser hair removal. I understand you don't want baby butt skin on your face because you're a man. But the hair will grow back if you only do one session. But it goes away for long enough to allow the infection to go away completely. Good luck!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Today at work a client who I had no idea knew so much about skin, took a look at me and casually stated that I have falliculitis. My doctor told me I had it on y legs a out a year and put me on some pill and I saw my acne start to clear up but thought nothing of it. Ive been battling what I thought was acne for almost 5 years now. I had no idea falliculitis could occur on your face let alone your whole body. Well let me tell you, it's all over my body. My skin itches and feel irritated from head to toe almost 24/7. Can you believe this is something I've adapted to? I've tried everything and I'm not one to go to a doctor and get handed another pill or mediated cream.

      Back to my original story, this client recommends I get lazer hair removal. She says it shrinks the follicul and will cure the problem. I've been battling this for years and am ready to finally have clear skin. Do I take the risk and spend godly amounts of money?

      I will try this Manukau honey and turmeric powder tea but the problem I feel is does it still help with keeping your skin clear? I am a female and a make up artist. I wear foundation on my face and wax my eye brows but it doesn't seem to take much to invect the skin.

      Time to start treating folliculitous and not acne. A new door has certainly opened.

      Thanks all.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have this now over a year. I keep under control using various topical antibiotics( metronidazol, bactroban, imex, Zinerit, clean with boiled smoke tree (smoke bush). All of the above helps to keep under control but no real final solution up to now. I am advices to think about Krotamiton treatement. Found this in the internet:

      http://www.jcadonline.com/demodex-dermatitis-a-ret...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have it too, from using Elocon on my face stopped using like a year go and still have reaccuring itch bumps on my face!!!! It is embarrassing and I don't go out at times because of it. Sulfur soap by Joeseph I use now with Mycolog 2 cream it does help a lot. Praying I can have my smooth skin back again without the use of prescriptions. This is a horrible condition that pops up at any time.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had these mosquito bites on my ankles that i got in brazil. I had scratched the hell out of them for 3 months and they never healed. they probably got infected but didn't really think anything of it.

      then i started getting tiny red bumps on my arms and body. it started with just 2 or three. i thought they were hives so didn't think anything of it. and then within a week multiplied to like a dozen very itchy bumps. so i went to see a dermatologist. he immediately said it was Folliculitis and that a treatment of Doxycycline would cure it up in 2 weeks. after 2 days of treatment i felt NO effect whatsoever. the bumps continued to itch like crazy and multiplied.

      i called the doctor to let him know i didn't think it was working. he said it could take 3-4 days to kick in and to call him in a week. i didn't believe him because antibiotics usually work very favorably with me. but i looked online and other websites said it could take 5-7 days to kick in. it has now been a week and now my entire body is covered in these damn bumps. and i am itchy as hell. and every time i scratch it makes the problem worse. the bumps get bigger and they spread faster. and now i have hundreds of bumps all over my torso, crotch, legs, hands, feet, and ears. im going back to see the doctor tomorrow so that he can hopefully prescribe me something more effective or diagnose me more "accurately"? i hope to god this is cureable and non-chronic. i can't imagine living with this indefinitely.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, I've had this for approx 5 years comes and gos as it pleases. I'm affected down both fore arms it's a nightmare.

      I've been to the doctors and finally dermatology department to try and sort this out. After trying nearly every antibiotic and cream now 10 weeks of photo pharapy still not getting anywhere.

      I've alo tried self medicating with over the counter creams and washes which I've had most success. I use a tea tree wash and and a hand sanitiser..... the sort they have at hospital after 2days they start to dry out if I get a cluster of pimples I use a savalon antiseptic spray overnight the next day they will have calmed down.

      Sadly I don't think there is a real cure and doctors just try you with anything which is just a potluck chance

      I will keep you posted if I find a real cure :-)

      Aaron

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, I've had this for approx 5 years comes and gos as it pleases. I'm affected down both fore arms it's a nightmare.

      I've been to the doctors and finally dermatology department to try and sort this out. After trying nearly every antibiotic and cream now 10 weeks of photo pharapy still not getting anywhere.

      I've alo tried self medicating with over the counter creams and washes which I've had most success. I use a tea tree wash and and a hand sanitiser..... the sort they have at hospital after 2days they start to dry out if I get a cluster of pimples I use a savalon antiseptic spray overnight the next day they will have calmed down.

      Sadly I don't think there is a real cure and doctors just try you with anything which is just a potluck chance

      I will keep you posted if I find a real cure :-)

      Aaron

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: @dom p Hello there... Please be kind of enough to reply. I also reside in NYC. Have you had any luck finding a good passionate dermatologist doctor? Who puts patients health being before $$$.. I am in desperate need of one. Thank you

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      WilyWalnut 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Guys, yes, I cured it and have been free of folliculitis now for over four and a half years. The thing that worked for me was combining manuka honey (10+ strength) and turmeric powder (the yellow spice available from your local supermarket) -- a spoonful of each in some hot water, drink it like a tea -- eventually you get used to the taste -- it will make you gag a bit at first. Three times a day at least.

      Also, as a preventative I avoid touching my face with unwashed hands(especially if I've been stroking pets, touching things out in the garden, or involved in any kind of sexual activity -- go figure). I shave with disposable razors and only use them once. I use a drop of spot facial wash gel (the blue kind, I forget the brand now) when washing my face each morning. And if I ever get any spots (hardly ever do now) I apply a dab of hydrogen peroxide 3% solution on a q-tip (ear bud) to it at night and that zaps it overnight.

      To all those who are feeling desperate and in despair because they have this -- know that you can and will get rid of it. Try the above protocol, Keep imagining yourself with smooth clear skin again and get into the feeling of how grateful you are to have great skin again (even before you do). That's a little bit of mind magic that really works for healing and manifesting a desired change. My very best wishes to you all for your health and happiness. Wily

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Any follow-up to all of this Wily??? Are you cured and have a recommendation, or still battling?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Been having the same problem for years Wily good luck and please post if you find anything that works.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Here is a continuation of my case. After completing the course of antibiotics I now use Metronidazol cream when occasionally bacteria or parasite is spreading. Although this is effective and It keeps under control, however it seems like temporary solution.

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      Merlo 5 years ago

      The food you eat really plays a big part in the health of your skin, and reduces acne when done right. But sometime you just have toget rid of pimples fast

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hey, wow very insightful :) i have had "acne" since i was 10. ive spent thousands of dollars over the last 12 years trying every type of acne treatment there is. but at age 22 my "acne" has not improved at all and i was beginning to think i had the toughest, most relentless zits in the world. i had never even heard of folliculitis until yesterday actually :) and now that i know about it, im about 99% sure that its what ive been suffering with all along. ive started the apple cider vinegar treatment and am going to stick with it for a few weeks and see if it helps. ive also been lightly rubbing an apple cider vinegar/ water mixture directly onto my face a few times a day. and it actually seemed to help right away. thank you for your article :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello,

      Here is my contribution to this topic.

      All my life had face clear from spots. This year, however I noticed a spot or two that were more stubborn than usual. I also though it was my body need purification. Tried to drink more water, vitamins etc. No effect at all. One day very rapidly pustules multiplied and spread over the shaving area of my face on the back of the scalp where hair ends. Visited a doctor. I was diagnosed foliculitis. I was given Vibramicin that is very similar to Flucloxacillin antibiotics..The dosage was 2 x 100 mg per day for a week. Six hours after taking the first pill I felt the relief. On the next day the pustules started to disappear. After the week gone my face was clear and I started to fell nausea from the antibiotics. Doctor said you are ok to stop them you are ok and cleared.

      Two weeks later the foliculities was back. It was friday evening, wouldn't want to have many spots again so I started vibramicin again. Another 6 days this time, on my decision, 100 mg per day. All cleared again.

      Two weeks later I am clear with the exception of two spots the back of the scalp. So I visited the best doctor I could find. His opinion was that Vibramicin is the right antibiotics but the dosage should be 50 mg. per day for three weeks. Its not the quantity that matters here but the time time given. It should be taken long enough with smaller dosage this way reducing the poisoning of the body to minimum. Vibramicin is released through glands and skin pores so it is the right tool. His recommendation is to continue for the three weeks. Although I am quite stable now and do not have spots I will go for it.

      By Jon's (the post below) recommendation I got a jojoba oil and it feels good.It hydrates and soothes the skin. This alone, however would not help in the acute phase of the illness.

      I think knowing all thisI will handle this condition. Hope that this helps everyone else as well.

      Cheers,

      Valeri

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had suffered for 5 years with folliculitis and I have been to the doctors many times and they could not find a cure. All they would prescribe me was antibiotics which worked only when I was on them. When I was off them the folliculitis came back so I started to try natural remedies which did not work until I tried something totally different. I have always noticed my scalp being very dry so I have always wondered if that was the cause of my folliculitis. So I begin researching for an organic moisturizer that would moisturize my scalp and I found one that was called jojoba oil that was the closest thing to natural skin oil. So I went to a organic food store to get some jojoba oil which was very inexpensive. I then washed my hair then and then conditioned it then I would dried it and I applied a good amount of the oil on the affected area and I did that about twice a day for a week and I noticed my folliculitis slowly going away. Now this is 6 months later and I can honestly say that I have been cured from folliculitis.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had suffered for 5 years with folliculitis and I have been to the doctors many times and they could not find a cure. All they would prescribe me was antibiotics which worked only when I was on them. When I was off them the folliculitis came back so I started to try natural remedies which did not work until I tried something totally different. I have always noticed my scalp being very dry so I have always wondered if that was the cause of my folliculitis. So I begin researching for an organic moisturizer that would moisturize my scalp and I found one that was called jojoba oil that was the closest thing to natural skin oil. So I went to a organic food store to get some jojoba oil which was very inexpensive. I then washed my hair then and then conditioned it then I would dried it and I applied a good amount of the oil on the affected area and I did that about twice a day for a week and I noticed my folliculitis slowly going away. Now this is 6 months later and I can honestly say that I have been cured from folliculitis.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello. I had a similar condition call KP and it came and went (never fully cure) I've maintained that by using exfoliation and natural remedies.

      But as for folliculitis, i also had a mild case and YES it does spread easily, try not to scratch much.

      I'm sorry to hear about what you are going through.

      with my mild folliculitis I found NATURAL treatments like Apple Cider Vinegar etc. to cure and maintain my folliculitis.

      Please feel free to read my article for more remedies : )

      http://ezinearticles.com/?Cure-Folliculitis-Natura...?&id=6621679

      More information and remedies:

      http://ladyluk.blogspot.com/2011/10/cure-folliculi...

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      ladyluk 5 years ago

      Hello. I had a similar condition call KP and it came and went (never fully cure) I've maintained that by using exfoliation and natural remedies.

      But as for folliculitis, i also had a mild case and YES it does spread easily, try not to scratch much.

      I'm sorry to hear about what you are going through.

      with my mild folliculitis I found NATURAL treatments like Apple Cider Vinegar etc. to cure and maintain my folliculitis.

      Please feel free to read my article for more remedies : )

      http://ezinearticles.com/?Cure-Folliculitis-Natura...?&id=6621679

      More information and remedies:

      http://ladyluk.blogspot.com/2011/10/cure-folliculi...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: How long did the topical application of Mandelic acid lasted in your case?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have been suffering with folliculitis for one year now and I have been through the following medications......antibiotic cream, antibiotic pills (three different kinds), anti-fugal cream (Loprox) internal anti-fungal (Terbinafine) super strong anti-bacterial cleaner (chlohexidine)

      iodine, bleach (I was getting pretty desperate)......and then I found something that works! Mandelic acid. It is made from bitter almonds and cause the skin to exfoliate quickly and I AM CLEAR!!!! I used the company Nucelle (the 15% serum) and the skin in the bad ares started to peel away. It is a moth now and the skin, though still red....(after a year of not being able to heal I'm not surprised)....in now clear. I hope this helps anyone who is suffering.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have had recurent folliculitis for years. It seems to flare every now and then, usually because of bacteria invading pores or hair follicles. There is one med that works 100% of the time.; Evoclin. Application on the infected area before going to sleep clears the pustule by morning.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Here in south Asia, we get a health potion called 'SAFI'. The company (Hamdard) claims it is a blood cleansing product. Naturally a healthy skin is promised upon consumption. I have read a few people cure their long time skin conditions within weeks (some of them sharing our bane). Well here's the catch, sometime ago Canadian and British health authorities found alarming concentration of arsenic in it, banned the product within their respective countries (One might argue that this could in a way be instigated by the well established and powerful Pharmaceutical community). At the end of the day it boils down to two choices either live a loathsome life or SUCK IT UP!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Cream Rinse! UGA! Probably the worst thing if you are suffering from folliculitis. I got in this nasty habit of using it in the shower last. Since I have long hair and I like it soft and shiny it made sense to put it on lastly then rinse and get out of the shower. Bad news because not only does it coat your hair it also coats your skin. Staph bacteria loves this and feeds off of it. Especially cheap cream rinses Although i am no chemist, i'm banking that the staph bacteria actually lives in the bottle of cream rinse since ive seen some of my cheap cream rinses break down and actually separate. So I found an Alternative to using cream rinse and how I use it in the shower. I wash my hair and face twice with the Pyrithione Zinc base products and rinse. Then I use a 3 minute type cream rinse. There is a couple of good popular brands out there, and you can find them at walmart. These are different than a normal cream rinse based more on pure oils instead of waxes. One brand in fact contains Benzyl. You can soap up the rest of your body as the 3 minute deep conditioner is working. Rinse your hair and your body off really well. Do a second soaping on your body with the pyrithione zinc ( not your face) and then rinse well. this will remove any left over residue from your three minute conditioner and as your rinsing it all off the conditioner is acually still protecting your hair. Ok so now you are clean and your hair is conditioned and you are out of the shower. Next, use a leave in the hair sleek and shine anti humidity smoothing milk to finish conditioning your hair. The nice thing about the milks and the 3 minute conditioners is that they are not heavy and you are using less of it to condition your hair over time. It's a good investment and they usually are under five dollars for a container. Ok, to sum it up. Pyrithione Zince shampoo and body wash for bacterial breakouts. 3 minute conditioner and sleek anti-humidity leave in smoothing milk instead of cheap heavy conditioners. You're all set and you will see your skin transform into beautiful healthy skin with normal functioning hair follicles in just few months. good luck!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hello, great info here. Reading through the comments it's clear that many of us have compromised our immune systems (in varying degrees) by filling up on antibiotics, though I haven't noticed any mention of probiotics.

      Along with the Turmeric, the apple cider vinegar and tea tree solutions (all highly recommended), I was advised to begin a regiment of probiotics - to help repair the damage caused by weeks of useless antibiotics. Sorta makes sense to me.

      Anyway - this was the suggested product: Nature's Way, Primadophilus Reuteri. I'm sure there's a ton of probiotic stuff out there, I'll keep everyone posted.

      Better days...

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      ryanjdavis 6 years ago

      You are very informative on this subject. I too prefer natural options for skin care when possible and invite you to check out my site dedicated to an acne holistic type of approach.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      my husband recently died and the doctor said because of stress my immune system was shot to pieces which is why I developed the folliculitis... after reserching on google I have been purchasing a cream from america which is excellent "Terrasil MAX" can be purchased at www.terrasil.info... only trouble is I can't reach my back and I do not bandage just wear dark clothing... the worst is at night when the desire to itch is unbearable so I get up have a cup of tea and put on some cream.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great info and layout. 5 stars for you.

      Good Luck

      Lens master of Vitamins for skin and Acne Treatment

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I didn't see that you had Salicylic Acid on your list of topical treatments. This has helped some to keep them in check. About as much as tea tree oil. Does dry a bit - i alternated with a combination of clean and clear's astringent, spot gel and Salicylic Acid infused moisturizer. this seemed to help keep it at bay. (while i search for something besides antibiotics). The dermatologist i went to was very uninformed... Thank you for your information!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I have had this skin condition for 2 years now. I keep it in check taking warm salt baths for at least 30 min. Sea salt seems to work the best, epson salt draws the "pimples" out into tight white heads so I haven't stuck with the epson salt treatment but it may work in the long haul. sometimes I add baking soda for alkline, sometimes I add cider vinegar for acidity but I am still experimenting - don't know which is best.

      To keep the infection spreading into "red topical itchy staff infection" I mix the contents of a probiotic capsuel with quality oliv oil and spread the mixture all over my body BEFORE I dry off - that works and it makes your skin and hair feel lovely.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I have had this skin condition for 2 years now. I keep it in check taking warm salt baths for at least 30 min. Sea salt seems to work the best, epson salt draws the "pimples" out into tight white heads so I haven't stuck with the epson salt treatment but it may work in the long haul. sometimes I add baking soda for alkline, sometimes I add cider vinegar for acidity but I am still experimenting - don't know which is best.

      To keep the infection spreading into "red topical itchy staff infection" I mix the contents of a probiotic capsuel with quality oliv oil and spread the mixture all over my body BEFORE I dry off - that works and it makes your skin and hair feel lovely.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Colin, how much sulphur did you take? Where did you buy it? Any side effects? Thanks.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Ilene, my folliculitis started after antibiotics for a respiratory infection too and I have had it for six months--itchy red bumps all over my hairline and scalp. My doc gave me ketoconazole shampoo but it didn't help. Did you use head & Shoulders or SelsunBlue? Thanks for the info!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wily, how has the Flucloxacillin worked for you?

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      Tcutter71 7 years ago

      I think there is something about the sugar. I've been on a strict low carb diet for a trip that I'm going on. It's been a month without pop or bread. My face and body are showing more signs of improvement than with any medicine or herb. It's been proven that certain people that were not used to eating sugar or processed foods have skin issues.

      On another note. Dr. OZ says that Dove products are better for clear skin than any other shampoo or body wash. I've been using Dove now for a week and I may agree. I put more stock in the low sugar diet. Stevia is a great replacement for sugar. I also have had this junk for 20 sum years.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I've had folliculitis for close to 20 years and I hate it! I'm 40 yrs old and have breakouts like a teenager! It is mostly on my scalp. I too, as many have posted, been to dermatologist after derm. it's frustrating. Tea Tree oil shampoo helps to keep mine in check but then strips my hair coloring (not cool for me with so much grey). I have tried Oregamax (vitamins) and they seem to help with the immune system and I have less breaks outs when I stay steady on them. I don't know what connections soda has in all this but I have noticed (in becoming caffeine free and mostly drinking water these days) that when I have a day or two back to back that I drink soda I have a break out. I too wish they could find a cure. I have trouble believing this is just superficial with so many reocurrances.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: you may have molluscum contagiosum, they can be taken off with Co2 therapy or cutterage.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Nothing worked for me except i decided to try my "Thermaclear" which is a spot treatment acne device I use. It sends an intense shot of heat into the pimple. It always works for my pimples, so I tired it on my folliculitis and it is the only thing I've found that will clear it up. I zap the areas about 3-4 times a day and its gone in a day or two.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Been taking Garlic supp. in the form of Allicin extract(the most effective potent extract of garlic) and in high dosages. It hasn't helped but I have had extreme garlic breath as a result.

      I am now looking into Colloidal silver. Silver is the one thing that will kill any/all varieties of MRSA. There was a guy that was about to undergo expensive surgery for a large infection on his face. Instead he bought a silverlon bandaid for $15 and he was cured.

      http://www.silverlon.com/

      Colloidal gold hasn't helped but then I don't believe it has the antimicrobial benefits of CG.

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      Tcutter71 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I can't say that it has. I won't be buying that again. I do like the bioskincare cream. I believe it really does help heal my face faster. I think it's expensive.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @Tcutter71: did the fulical work for you?

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      Tcutter71 7 years ago

      I had lazer hair removal on my beard. Lot's of money, unbearable pain and it didn't do a thing against my folliculitis. My beard is much thinner, which I like, but I still have a lot the breakouts. I think it's worse after the lazer treatment. An old military doctor told me once that the only way to stop it is to take some anbiotics through an IV solution. I asked my doctor and he said it wasn't needed. I beg to differ.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hey guys. I've had folliculitis for about 15 years. I've tried everything from dandruff shampoos to benzoil peroxide. I can't live with this anymore and I'm so frustrated. I've tried 2 different dermo's in the last 4 years and it's all the same crap. anitboitics,antifungal blah blah blah. it clears up for about a week and then it's reoccurring. Does anyone have a miracle cure or specialist they can recommend? I live in manhattan and there should be someone but it seems even impossible here. also, does anyone knoif scalpal hairless is attributed to folliculitis? if so will the hair grow back? thanks

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I get folliculitis every time I have to take antibiotics for an infection. Usually it is an ear or upper respiratory issue. never fails, about 3 days after the antibiotic ends, my chest breaks out with itchy little red bumps. The become pustules and it spreads up my neck and all over my face and head. After several trips to the doctor without any results, I did some reading online. Taking antibiotics doesn't work for me, in fact it makes it worse. So do any kind of topic anti biotic treatments. I found an Australian medical website that had examples of different types of these skin infections, including a photo of someones bottom that was covered with huge boil like things. I remember having those bumps on my butt when I was a teenager. The site suggested washing the inflamed areas with dandruff shampoo. Guess what? It works! It can be very drying to your skin, so don't scrub yourself and be careful to keep it away from your eyes. I have used the head & shoulders type shampoos and the ones with coal tar extract too. Both have worked for me. Generally in two to three days the rash is completely gone. I hope this helps some of you!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Anyone tried DOXYCYCLINE (Monodox)?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      hey i have done a lot of painstaking research on this and std's, i have not hat acne since i was 16 (25 now) and all of a sudden i have a small cluster of white heads in my pubic region (nice!) the only to things i can think of that may of caused this are 1, the bath being as we have had a new jet spar bath and im usually in it or more worrying 2, an STD as i have a new gf after 2 years and the rash came on the day after we first had sex. a condom was used. the cluster or rash is a group of about 6-7 small puss filled spots but the skin in the area is really tender to touch. any advice on my disease ridden self would be great as i have no time with work for the doctor atm and england being so great that if your not dead between 9-5 mon-till fri we aint helping.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi, interesting to read this. Just thought you all may be interested in my case - a tad extreme. Less than a week ago spots started on my face and head and then spread to my torso and back. They've now started spreading down my legs. I've been to the doc today and he's put me on Flucloxacillin - he says probably for 2 weeks. However, he's seeing me again on Monday to check on progress. My normal stance is avoid drugs although I've had to go on a couple in the last couple of years, but in spite of my cynicism re a lot of doctors, I reckoned I had to put my trust in him. I'll keep you all updated.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Does anyone know if Folliculits is linked to HPV?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I am 29 and I have had folliculitis for a year and a half......does garlic vitamins help as much as raw garlic? Thanks in advance

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have had folliculities for over 6yrs now... I just read that potash alum can help... People are saying it got them cured.... I am going to try it very soon cause the spots on my back are scary... Watch out, I also heard potash alum has negative side effects..... I will still try it though as long as it works.. damn the side effects...

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      WilyWalnut 7 years ago

      @Tcutter71: Thanks everyone for adding your stories. If nothing else it can be comforting to know that there are other people out there who are going through the same thing and can relate to you.

      My current top 3 folliculitis control measures:

      1. teaspoon of turmeric powder (optional: add teaspoon of manuka honey) plus a little hot water and cool water to comfort level. Drink 2-4 times day. Tastes awful. Does help reduce folliculitis spots.

      2. Hydrogen peroxide 3% solution applied topically with a cotton bud to spots.

      3. Recently applied Blood Type dietary principles and noticed immediate skin improvement from following guidelines for my blood type (plus lost fat which is a bonus). You might want to check that out.

      Wishing You ALL Health and Love in 2010,

      Wily

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      Tcutter71 7 years ago

      I'm 38 and I've had folliculitis since I was 18. I have it on my beard and spoty over my entire body. When ever I would go to a doctor they would throw creams at me. I really have no faith in any doctor. Every few years I would go try again. Last time I was put on Amoxicillin. I've been on it for over a year and really don't see much of a change. A few years ago I had many lazer procedures to remove the hair from my beard. If you like pain it was a lot of fun. My beard is very thin, but I didn't change the condition, face full of sores. I use tinted zit cream to cover it up as much as possible.

      I recently bought Fulical online. I thought I had made a mistake and it was a scam site. It actually came. It's a herbal product and I've only been on it for a few days. Felceton is another natural product that is ment to be a magic cure. I don't know if it's a scam or not either. I'm going to take the rest of the Fulical to see what happens.

      I'm using BIOSKINCARE. It's a cream made from snail slipe. It actually seems to be helping my skin heal. I don't know about curing the folliculitus.

      I read everyones comments and thought that I would join in the conversation.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I am experiencing folliculitis in the pubic area thanks to brazilian waxing. Don't know what to do, since it is such a sensitive spot...does anyone have experience with this?!?!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hey guys is thete really a cure for this thing , i have been suffering from it for 5 long years on my legs and bottom and i neeed heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      [in reply to colin] What dosage did you use for the sulphur pills? Was it 300mg every 5 days? I read if you use too much there can be side effects.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Anyone try pineapple /bromelain enzyme?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      folliculitis travels through the bloodstream and, of course, affects hair follicles. it is painful, and the hair follicle, when pressed, comes out of the skin like a thorn. when it clears, the staph infection moves to another hair follicule. i had this for 2-1/2 years, and was incorrectly treated by my dermatologist. he put me on amoxacillin, dysicillium, and a powerful acne drug minocycline. the results: better then worse, better then worse, better then worse, respectively. finally, after spending all of that money and time, i went to a second dermatologist. i told him to tell me what i had. well, he said that because of the mistreatment for 2-1/2 years, i was a carrier of follicutis. so, it took 2 years of sulphur pills (sulphoxide??) to clear up this mess. the pils were very inexpensive. sulphur works in the bloodstream. folliculitis, "the farmer's disease," is caused by the staph in the soil, etc. don't waste your money on topical solutions. use sulphur!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi All,

      I too am infected with folliculitis (in head and in face, around nose, chin and the shaving area) since i was 17 ( now i am 27), I ate a lot of antibiotics, applied a variety of creams, face washes, naturopathy, diet changes but noting seemed to make these red puss filled pimples vanish. Really I hate this folliculitis from the bottom of my heart :) They come back as soon as i stop the antibiotics ( and sometimes even when i am still taking then). They are Maximum in the July-Aug time (when it's rainly, humid time here in India).

      The only reason i feel i got it is due to my week immune system ( i get cough and cold quite often) or can also be because i shuffle a lot between hot (15-40deg cel) to very cold (-10 - 25deg cel) places very frequently ( my hoemtown and my workplace) or dust and pollution in the city whichi i was not used to in childhood.

      I also feel Neem capsules and balm keeps it in check but does not eliminate the disease. Yoga (pranayam) also helps a lot.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      oops too many words in my last post. Anyway the neem balm from www.auromere.com has cleared my face up completely i use it every night, is great for the skin and when i break out now i put it on my face and my zits go away. Much luck to everyone battling this. Oh and I definitely think there is a connection to internal yeast and high acidity levels and these condtions.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hello fellow folliculitis sufferers. I have suffered from folliculitis on my scalp since 2000. I also interestingly enough , had been on acne antibiotics from the time i was 15 until my mid twenties, I am now 40. I was also on Accutane twice. During the past 9 years i have tried numerous dermatologists and doctors from internal medicine to skin specialists and have been on many different courses of antibiotics. Most of which worked while taking them, but the folliculitis was back as soon as i finished them. In the past several years it had spread from my scalp to all over my face. I was told again that i had adult onset acne, only this time they would turn into large cysts that would last for months. I now live for the most part with my scalp symptoms under control from taking Miracle Mineral Solution which i found on the internet 6 drops at night and 6 drops in the morning as a maintenance dose after going through their program seems to work, and using Auromere Neem Balm at

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to Lisa] Hi Lisa, I too have been on Accutane, for a long time actually. I have recently woken up and decided to get off this toxic drug. I now have recurring follculitis in the same areas you described. I am so angered by this because the entire reason I was taking Accutane was for a skin disease, now the staph infection I am experiecing is causing the skin disease to flare up. Have you had any luck since this post? Ive been on antibiotics none of which seem to help.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      hey guys, good to see that i'm not the only person out there infected with folliculitis. i'm 22 this year and i've been suffering from this condition for 6 years now and i have it on my butt cheek, and it hurts whenever i sit on something without a cushion. i have consulted numerous dermatologist and they all have prescribed me different kinds of antibiotics but none of them works for me. just so you know that potash alum or shaving alum might help for some people. go to this site if you wish to read more about it.

      http://flarekit.blogspot.com/2008/10/folliculitis-...

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      WilyWalnut 8 years ago

      [in reply to Scorpion Luv]

      Thank you all for sharing your stories and comments...

      Scorpion Luv -- I hope you go to your doctor soon. She should be able to give you an anti-pruritic medication to sooth the discomfort, and possibly an anti-biotic / anti-fungal combo to go to work on the break out. I strongly recommend that you get some hydrogen peroxide 3% or 6% solution to dab with a cotton bud onto any folliculitis spots (you could even include it in your bathing water)... and I also recommend the turmeric treatment discussed on this lens and in other replies to people's comments. Wishing you good health.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I began to break out, vaginally, 3 weeks ago. I thought it was just an itch, until it became a severe itch. A week went by and I was treating it with A&D ointment... ask me why... I have no idea. My husband told me to get check out, after he saw what it had turned into. There were boils and bumps in the womanly area, and it itched like crazy... omg! this is even embarrassing to type. It began to spread to other parts of my body, and really began to freak me out. I was told I can use Neosporin, which helped the itching a little, but did nothing to cure it. When I arrived at the doctor she told me it was folliculitis, and that it developed there, after shaving. Somehow, after the area was freshly shaved, one or few of the hair follicles became infected. She could not prescribed anything, because she was not my doctor. This was a free clinic, because I was afraid I had contracted something from my husband, so that caused a lot of confusion and misunderstanding in my marriage.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      so when i was in culinary school my chef instructor forced me to shave with a cheap razor and soap!! well ever since that dreadful day, I get the worst ingrown hairs possible! I would be able to live with the pain, but it is so unsightly, and it looks very unprofessional to hava a beard. I am at my whits end, I am tired of not going out because my face is less than "cute". does anyone know what I can do?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      A few years ago I began developing painful "pimples" on my forearms. At that time I was wearing long sleeve t-shirts quite a bit and I think the constant contact with the rolled up sleeves irritated my arms. Some of the small "pimples" would swell up so much that I thought the skin was going to burst- it was very painful.

      I saw a dermatologist and he told me it was folliculitis and gave me a few samples of a dermatological soap. The soap didn't work at all and in fact, made the sores worse.

      Long story short, 4 years later I've found a simple way to keep this forearm Oil Folliculitis at bay. Using a loofah every time I shower and making sure I scrub my forearms liberally keeps the folliculitis managed. Also, keeping my arms uncovered and exposed to the air and sun (UV light seems to help) has reduced the folliculitis as well.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to Lisa] hey i have been dealing with the painful things since 2000 and have tried a lot of stuff one being hibicleanse and nothing its bad when you are ashamed of your own body because of these things my first one made me think i had breast cancer and then it got worse i got them under my arms, under my breasts and in between my legs and on my rear and when i got 1 it seemed like i got a few more to boot. they always last about a month on me and are very sore at times to where i can't sit and i have been looking for answers to cure this thing so i can live my life normally i was even told it has to do with weight gain which that happened as well i am 34 and weigh 178 and used to be about 140 and never had them now i can't get rid of them the sores and the weight if any one knows of something that will make them go away or subside please let me know rgstms1974@aol.com

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi!

      Very interesting site and helpful! I took Accutane back in 1996 for just acne, and about a few weeks after my treatment ended I developed folliculitis just on the scalp/hairline...the recurring type. My dermatologist had prescribed a Benzoil Peroxide wash on the scalp and then a topical EM Gel...(erythromycin) which has kept it under control for all this time...I apply it maybe twice per month and that seems to do it.

      Just wondering if anyone else out there has gotten this from Accutane....interestingly enough, during BOTH of my pregnancies, I never ONCE got a bout of folliculitis.....something in the hormones or whatnot seems to keep it away when pregnant!!! Wish I knew that cure.

      I blame Accutane for not only folliculitis but a plethora of other problems I have gotten since then!! Would love to hear from others on that topic. Thanks, Lisa

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to WilyWalnut]

      That's a really good point I do eat way too much sugar, not a ton of chocolate but I'm switching from Soda to water now too...plus it's cheaper! I also ordered and finally received a book on the subject you recommended - Psycho Cybernetics. I bought one that is called The New Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz and Dan Kennedy, is this the correct one you were talking about or is there another/different one to get a hold of too? Anyway I'm only 5 pgs in so I'm going to progress through the weekend. Thanks for all your help and tips again I really appreciate it and the support goes extremely far as you know yourself! I'll keep up the fight!

      Have a great weekend!

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      WilyWalnut 8 years ago

      [in reply to jswerve] Hi Jserve, Yes, ACV and turmeric are just great to take anyway, they have great health properties. I understand about your beard, I felt the same way. Hopefully you can clear it up without having to shave. Try that hydrogen peroxide solution on the spots in your beard line as an external aid, while the ACV and turmeric go to work on the inside. (Don't know if you are a big chocolate / sugar eater, but try and cut back on that while you are attacking the folliculitis with the good stuff.)

      Cheers,

      Wily

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to WilyWalnut]

      Hey Wily I'm back again haha. I do like talking about this condition though it provides comfort knowing so many are fighting this too. So I'm drinking the ACV twice a day about 2 tblsp each time. I've noticed my unaffected skin looks great but the little red spots in my beard with the white head look are coming back slowly...I did however only take the turmeric for 2-3 days last week and have now quit for like 4 days so I'm thinking that the combination of the ACV to fight acne and keep skin looking healthy and drinking the turmeric everyday now will hopefully do the trick? I'm cleaning my electric beard trimmer with alcohol before each use since I can't bring myself to shave quite yet...I have to get mentally stronger to do that cause I feel my beard provides camouflage for these ridiculous spots.... it seems to me that your particular regimen of drinking the ACV and turmeric daily might be a good combo for me....any thoughts? I know eveyrone is different.

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      WilyWalnut 8 years ago

      [in reply to jswerve] Hi Jswerve, Hey, that's great news! I take ACV every morning, so yes I think it's great too! Different people respond to different things better or worse. Sounds like ACV and the tea tree are doing the trick for you. The fundamental attitude to take is that "I choose to be healthy, I am healthy, and I am going to do whatever it takes to bring my body into alignment with my vision of being perfectly healthy." I adopted this approach and just read all about the natural cures and just tried them all. ACV, turmeric powder, hydrogen peroxide solution, and visualization worked best for me. You are getting great results with the ACV so that's brilliant.

      Wishing you health and happiness,

      Wily

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to WilyWalnut]

      Well I've begun a new regimen here since Saturday night. I started drinking ACV (2 Tablespoons 2-3 times daily) and in 3 days or so I've seen some drastic great improvement. I don't know if it's just an initial improvement or if I stay with it if it will keep working, I sure pray and hope so cause I'm loving it!!! I still am using the Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner which seems to have dried up all my other spots but I feel the ACV is working wonders to this point. If it keeps working this well I'm going to try and have my sister and my sister in law give it a try for their acne.

      I wanted to see what you thought, if you think this stuff is working the way you've heard of it working and if you think it will last? I'm so much more confident the past couple days, I also ordered the book you recommended and it should be here today to start reading about seeing myself better, I wanted to say thanks, you're a life saver and you've helped another person!!!

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      WilyWalnut 8 years ago

      [in reply to jswerve] Hi Jswerve, Sorry for delay in replying...I've been in Rome for last few days.

      I buy my turmeric from the supermarket here in the UK, in the spices section, they come in little 'spice rack' glass jars. You could try a health food store if you can't get it in your supermarket.

      If you are suffering dry skin, the tea tree oil ends up making it worse. I ended up with skin sloughing off my face. Very embarrassing! I would only recommend the hydrogen peroxide solution now for direct application to spots. It's much cheaper too. I buy it for about 89p ($1.34) for a 200ml bottle.

      Regarding dry skin question, I found organic coconut oil really helped. You get that from health stores. It comes in jars and is kind of white and solid, you just have a teaspoon of it for a few days. Warning: It can give palpitations! Again refer to earthclinic.com for info on that and alternatives dry skin natural cures.

      Wishing you health, harmony and peace of mind,

      Wily

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to WilyWalnut]

      So I'm sold on the turmeric concept and am going to give it a whirl. I went to two grocery stores last night to find Turmeric Powder but had no success, I ended up buying ground turmeric, is this the same or where should I look?

      I'm going to try this stuff and I'm using Tea Tree Shampoo & Conditioner for the scalp....also bought some tea tree oil just for spots in the beard line. I'm starting to think you make a good point about visualizing things as better and I'm going to read into the mental side of things more.

      Now my last battle is figuring out how to get some oil actually back to my skin after two bouts with accutane in the past 3 years my skin is basically raw, especially now that winter is getting here & of course I'm hesitant to use a moisturizer cause the last couple I've tried I've broken out from (and they were hypoallergenic non scented even) any suggestions? Thanks for all your help!!!

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      WilyWalnut 8 years ago

      [in reply to jswerve]

      I remember watching Grizzly Adams on TV, that's quite a look!

      If you are into country living there is an aspect that you could be picking up "whatever" on your hands and transferring that to your face... I've seen hunters/survival guys with beard folliculitis.

      I live in the country and did wonder if I had gotten something on my hands while out on walks over farm fields.

      Razor: yes, also infrequent shaving is important when you have spots so you aren't cutting into them all the time -- gives your skin some healing time.

      Turmeric: yes, look back through recent comments you'll see some others using turmeric successfully. Also, go to http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/folliculitis.html and http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/boils_turmeric.ht... for additional commentary on using turmeric for skin infections.

      This is how I cured folliculitis. I got free of it this way. I believe this will help you too.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to WilyWalnut]

      Thanks Wily. See I'm growing out the grizzly Adam's beard for deer hunting rite now and I'm thinking after that to just start shaving with a razor again no matter how much it will stink to not have the cover of the beard. Do you think if I use a fresh razor every time and shave every two to three days I could actually see improvement? Also with the turmeric powder, does this stuff really work I mean have you heard of this working wonders for others? I'm using the tea tree shampoo idea for the scalp, seems to be okay but it's day one. I just feel at my wits end here with this awful skin, I mean life goes on and we just go about our day, I just pray something cures me. Have you actually heard of numerous people curing this condition or is it just a lifelong battle that gets better and worse at times?

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      WilyWalnut 8 years ago

      [in reply to Jswerve]

      Hi Jswerve, I think the "embarrassment" factor is the biggest cause of pain in folliculitis and at some level helps to perpetuate it, strange as that may sound. The ThinkRightNow.com programs are helpful at working with self-esteem issues and getting you back on track health wise. I recommend "I am Healed Now!" -- check out the testimonials and trust your gut on whether its right thing for you.

      Regarding beard trimmer. I was shaving everyday with disposable and foam when I got folliculitis on the face. But I was using the same razor two or three times before getting rid of it. Thereafter, I only shave once every two days and always with a fresh razor. You just have to weigh up whether the beard trimmer carries any bacteria/fungus/virus to reinfect the skin over and over...

      I would definitely start taking the turmeric powder as suggested to work on the internal problem. Hydrogen peroxide solution or your creams for outside. Maybe ThinkRightNow for mind... W

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thanks Wily. I have so many questions still since I'm new to even accepting that I have this. Obviously from battling with Accutane a couple times I felt like I was fighting acne and now my back is crystal clear. My beard line sucks (for lack of better term) but I don't even use a razor, haven't for two years now, just a beard trimmer to hide this condition. But I wonder if the friction from the beard trimmer makes it even worse than just shaving with a razor sometimes?? I'm wondering if the folliculitis on my face would clear if I used the clydamicin lotion that I was giving for my rear end, though it only works temporarily and it comes back it at least works to give me a few clear days in between to feel normal. I think the accutane really messed my self esteem too, it's a bummer cause I'm a huge social butterfly, total athlete and have a zillion friends, just somedays hate seeing them cause I feel so embarrassed. I also have some follic on my scalp.

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      WilyWalnut 8 years ago

      [in reply to Jswerve] Hi Jswerve, thanks for adding your story. As you say, it does really help to know that many others suffer with folliculitis and all that goes along with it. I have to say that it also makes you really empathize with those who are currently suffering it.

      The beard line seems really succeptible to getting folliculitis, probably because of nicks from shaving and also because of all the new hairs pushing through every day...it's easy for the root to get infected.

      I recommend that you get some 3% or 6% hydrogen peroxide solution from your local chemist / pharmacy, and dab that onto any whitehead spots that come up with a clean cotton wool bud (Q-tip). I do this every night and it keeps them at bay or gets rid of them.

      With the turmeric powder, a level tea-spoon with a 1/4 cup of hot water over it makes a truly disgusting drink but an excellent skin healer and cleanser. Add a little manuka honey or blackstrap molasses to sweeten.

      Good luck my friend,

      Wily

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      WilyWalnut 8 years ago

      [in reply to shalicia]

      Dear Shalica,

      Thank you for sharing your experiences and for your tips on the candida cleans. I'm glad you have experienced such positive results with Bentonite and psyllium husk. I remember taking psyllium husk -- used to have it first thing in the morning with apple juice -- fantastic way to cleans your colon!

      Warmest Regards,

      Wily

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wow this page seems to be a life saver just by knowing others struggle as I do. I'm 22 , soon to be 23 and have recently "self" diagnosed myself with folliculitis. Well I've had it on my butt in the past and went to the derm and he said that's what it was. I got a topical clidamycin (not sure on spelling) which zapped it away in like 2 days, then after bout a week it came back and did the same thing over and over for like 2 years now. It shows up I put the cream on, it goes away, comes back blah blah. It's sooo annoying. Then the fun part. Throughout high school I didn't have bad acne, just avg for an athlete. Then bout 3 years ago I started getting it bad, I was like um...becoming and adult probably shouldn't have this, none of my friends do. Took Accutane twice now, (OUCH) btw. The second time it did nothing at all, which made me think k it might not be facial acne then?? I think I have folliculitis on my face (only in my beard line) so I'm open for new suggestions? Turmeric powder?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I've battled folliculitis since I was a teenager and tried all types of treatments internal and external. I recently discovered that candida albicans overgrowth may be the main cause and it is extremely difficult to get rid of. Antibacterials may also feed the yeast. I've been doing a deep internal cleanse with Bentonite and psyllium husk for about 2 weeks and have seen great improvement, plus I feel a lot stronger and less fatigued. Benzoyl peroxide helps my facial acne too but stings a little. Thanks for the tips on other treatments. I think I'll try the tumeric.

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      WilyWalnut 8 years ago

      [in reply to John]

      Hi John,

      Thanks so much for your comment. It's really helpful for readers to hear about other people's experiences with folliculitis and how they have dealt with it. The use of the turmeric powder in the natural cure seems to be recurring in different peoples stories, so I think that is a great place for anyone with folliculitis to start. My skin is now clear. I avoid touching my face. If a few spots occur, I will take some turmeric with hot water and a teaspoon of Manuka honey, and put some 6% solution hydrogen peroxide on the spots -- and then forget about it... and that does the trick. You mentioned putting a "cupful of bleach" in your bath... I hope that by bleach you meant hydrogen peroxide and not the chlorine bleach that you clean toilets with?!! I'd be scared to have chlorine bleach in the bath (though I suppose it's no different than swimming in at the local pool) -- just anyone with asthma would need to be especially wary of chlorine fumes.

      Thankyou!

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      WilyWalnut 8 years ago

      Hi folly_free

      Thank you for sharing your story. I agree with you that stress seems to play a big part in lowering resistance to skin infections. And of course when you get folliculitis the embrassment causes your stress levels to go up even more... kind of a vicious circle. Being able to offset the stress by creating an inner sense of calmness seems to me a big factor in healing. You have to 'see' yourself healthy and well, and try and get that feeling of well-being again. Then the remedies such as the yellow turmeric powder, and bathing with Hydrogen peroxide in the water, or white vinegar, can really help. Thanks again.

      Warmest Regards,

      Wily

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Glad to see this post. I'm 40 and, last year, noticed I would get a few pimples on my back. Never very bad, they became much worse during the time my father passed away (very stressful as you can imagine). Found out from my Derm. that it was folliculitis. I work as a home inspector and I think it's because of the old attics and crawlspaces I must sometimes get into. My dermatoligist put me on Bactroban which did help but, as soon as I stopped taking it, it came back (plus, each little tiny tube of it was about $50!). I really don't want to take antibiotics if I can help it. I've found that what really works for me quite well is also inexpensive. I take a spoonful of Tumeric twice a day, I wash my back with dandruff shampoo, I put the Walmart brand 10% peroxide cream on any spots I see (only $3 a tube) and, every 3 days, I take a hot bath with a cup full of bleach. Very minimal spots on my back and hardly noticeable at all. Hope this helps.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I've had folliculitis three times--on my butt. First time I was puzzled and embarrassed and didn't go to the doctor until it was quite bad. Erythromycin cleared it up. The second time same thing. I got it again after many years and was determined to try to find a non-antibiotic cure, especially since I think lowered resistance to skin infections is stress-related. Scrupulous washing with carbolic soap three times daily and a dozen drops of tea tree oil in the bath helped but did not overcome the pesky staph. What finally worked--curing a 6-month old infection in 2 weeks--was 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric (the yellow spice in curry powder) taken orally with a glass of water 3 times daily and a quart (litre or 4 cups) of white vinegar in my bathwater each night. I think relaxing in the bath for half an hour each night helped too. Oh, and I got a dozen pairs of boxer shorts, so I could always sleep in something fresh and not re-infect myself from my PJs. I hope this helps someone!

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      WilyWalnut 9 years ago

      Jin,

      You've had folliculitis for quite a while and as it's wider spread, you probably have a little more to do than Chloe.

      All I can tell you is to hang in there. I did get rid of folliculitis. Read this lens and the other comments I have made.

      For you, I think try to take the turmeric I talk about. It's pretty foul tasting but if you research online, you will discover it is pretty amazing stuff for your health and skin.

      When you bathe, you might include hydrogen peroxide in your bathwater. Look at EarthClinc.com for advice on how best to use this.

      Also, use psychocybernetic techniques to keep your confidence high and visualize yourself looking and feeling the way you want to. This is so powerful, I can't stress it enough. I know when you are suffering you want an immediate answer, but I really do feel you have to 'turn a corner' mentally to get to your cure.

      Stay strong, my best wishes for your health and wellbeing...

      Wily

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      WilyWalnut 9 years ago

      Hi Chloe and Jin,

      I'm sorry to hear that you guys are suffering folliculitis right now. At 18 and 17, those are tough ages anyway, without having to deal with things like this affecting your skin.

      Chloe, as you have only just got this, there's a good chance that you can clear this up quickly. Try not to stress out, and just deal with it in as relaxed and matter-of-fact fashion as you can. That's a big ask I know.

      I'm not familiar with the treatment that you have been given. You could try getting some hydrogen peroxide from the chemist (about 3% solution ... if you go higher to 6% you need to be much more controlled with application as you can get some skin bleaching... don't go higher than 6% as it can burn your skin). Apply the hydrogen peroxide to your spots with the tip of a clean cotton wool ear bud several times a day. This should dry them up and clear out the infection. This is a good general ongoing treatment for regular spots and zits anyway.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      HI IM CHLOE IM18YRS OLD. I CAME OUT IN A RASH ON MY FACE 2 DAYS AGO, THE RASH APPEARED ON MY CHEEKS AND MY CHIN, I WENT TO THE NURSE AND SHE TOLD ME IT WAS FOLLICULITIS FACE RASH??? AND GIVE ME A FACE GEL CALLED ANANBACT? MY FACE SEEMS TO BE GETTIGN WORSE AND LLOKS TYERRIBLE.. I AM GOING ON HOLIDAY IN 3 DAYS AND AM IN NEED OF HELP !! HA ... DOES ANYONE NO HOW LONG IT LASTS??? THANX CHLOE

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      Jin_Kazama 9 years ago

      Hey WilyWalnut!

      I can definitely said, "I feel your pain." I got folliculitis when I was just 15. Image my pain when you're a 15-year-old guy going through high school with a face not even a mother would love!(I'm not speaking about my own mother, she has been my biggest supporter through this trying time. I'm merely expressing how bad my folliculitis is).

      I'm 17 now and have tried many things to get rid of my folliculitis like "Proactiv", and "Nature's Cure." Their effects, at best, have only lasted for about 3 days.

      For my situation, the folliculitis appears on my back, butt, top part of my shoulders, the back of my neck, and on my face (especially in the area between my upper-lip and nose). Yes, my condition is bad.

      This is really frustrating! I'm afraid to go swimming or take off my shirt to be exact. I fear social situations because of the stares I might get, remember I'm in high school. It's a daily challenge to "hide" myself.

      Sorry if my posts sounds whiny.

      HELP!!

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      Jin_Kazama 9 years ago

      Hey WilyWalnut!

      I can definitely said, "I feel your pain." I got folliculitis when I was just 15. Image my pain when you're a 15-year-old guy going through high school with a face not even a mother would love!(I'm not speaking about my own mother, she has been my biggest supporter through this trying time. I'm merely expressing how bad my folliculitis is).

      I'm 17 now and have tried many things to get rid of my folliculitis like "Proactiv", and "Nature's Cure." Their effects, at best, have only lasted for about 3 days.

      For my situation, the folliculitis appears on my back, butt, top part of my shoulders, the back of my neck, and on my face (especially in the area between my upper-lip and nose). Yes, my condition is bad.

      This is really frustrating! I'm afraid to go swimming or take off my shirt to be exact. I fear social situations because of the stares I might get, remember I'm in high school. It's a daily challenge to "hide" myself.

      Sorry if my posts sounds whiny.

      HELP!!

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      WilyWalnut 9 years ago

      Hi Torb,

      Thank you for your story. I think it helps just knowing that others are going through the same 'challenges' with this.

      Regarding the Flucloxacillin antibiotic and the anti-fungal medication (miconazole nitrate)... I took them separately... the antibiotic seemed to work for a day or so and then it's effects started to wane. And as soon as I ran out of tabs, it all started again.

      The anti-fungal medicine and anti-fungal cream again did help, more so than the antibiotics, but again it did not completely eliminate it.

      I found myself referring to the 'cures' at earthclinic.com more and more, and that seemed to be the thing that eventually worked for me in combination with some of the 'psychological' approaches I've mentioned elsewhere.

      Hang in there Torb... keep working on your health, trying new approaches, and seeing yourself healthy and well, and I'm sure you will eliminate the condition once and for all.

      Thank you and best wishes,

      Wily

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi WilyWalnut!

      How did you go with the Flucloxacillin antibiotic and the anti-fungal medication (miconazole nitrate)?

      Gee, you have tried allot of different things haven't you? I've had my folliculities for well over 5 years and have just started seeing a naturopath after getting sick of taking the nasty medicine dermotologists tells me to take (Roaccutane). The naturopath says I have a fungal infection in my blood and we are trying to kill this fungus but it's still too early to tell. My scalp has certainly improved but I still get the itch and they break out on my face which I hate. My naturopath has changed my diet so that I eat more protein and cutting out sugar. At the same time I'm eating medicine to kill the fungus.

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      WilyWalnut 9 years ago

      Hi Marilyn,

      Hehehe I LOVE it! We can go from being called Pizza Face to Pie Face!

      Thanks so much for the tip.

      If anyone is going to try this out, please start on a small area and see how it goes for you. I have heard of people using coconut oil (the organic solid stuff you get now in health stores), which is fat, on their skin. For some people it works great and for others it can make them 'flare up' even worse by blocking pores or causing reactions.

      Folliculities can be caused by a variety of things -- bacteria, fungi, viruses... so it's probably safe to say that no-one thing will work for everyone.

      Do you experimenting and research online, keep your spirits up and 'see' yourself getting better and having great skin again!

      If anyone has any success with Marilyn's Cresco cure, please add a comment here when you can.

      Keep your comments and tips coming -- all much appreciated!

      Happy thoughts,

      Wily