You can try these 10 natural remedies for folliculitis as effective cures for this frustrating skin condition!
What is Folliculitis?
Folliculitis is the infection and inflammation of one or more hair follicles. It is a skin condition that may occur anywhere on the body as long as there are hair follicles present. The most common areas affected are the head, neck, armpit, legs and groin. Folliculitis appears as a pus-filled pimple but may also look like a red itchy rash with tiny white bumps.
What causes folliculitis? It starts when a skin pathogen (bacteria, fungi or even virus) affects a hair follicle. The skin pathogen is given entry in the hair follicle through various ways which cause damage to the hair follicles such as:
- Insect bites
- Over scratching skin
- Wearing braids too tight and close to the scalp
- Eczema and dermatitis
- Tight clothing
- And more
These damaged hair follicles are usually infected by Staphylococcus, which is a strain of bacteria that is the common cause of folliculitis.
People with anemia, who have acne prone skin or a weak immune system are also more susceptible to an outbreak of folliculitis.
10 Natural Remedies for Folliculitis
Thankfully, you can easily get rid of folliculitis using natural remedies, many involving kitchen ingredients! Here are some of the top natural remedies for folliculitis that are very effective!
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
For many skin conditions including skin tags, warts, poison ivy, hives and more, apple cider vinegar is a very effective remedy. It can be taken internally and externally to treat folliculitis. Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar works because is a probiotic rich and antibacterial food that fights bad bacteria that cause inflammation and infections like folliculitis.
- For internal use, add 2 tsp raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water then add a squeeze of half a lemon. Add 1 tsp of raw honey to sweeten then drink it first thing in the morning every day.
Oregano works from the inside-out to naturally treat folliculitis. It is a powerful natural antibiotic that you can consume regularly to fight infections like colds and folliculitis. You can add oregano to soups or take oregano capsules. You can also make your own oregano capsules by filling 00 vegetable capsules with dried oregano.
3. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is a natural astringent that also disinfects skin. It is useful for many skin conditions like rashes, poison ivy, hives and even varicose veins. When applied to folliculitis, it helps disinfect the area and dries out the skin so it heals faster.
- To use, soak a cotton ball with witch hazel and dab it on the area three times a day. After shaving, make a DIY ingrown hair spray (great recipe!) to prevent infected ingrown hairs which is folliculitis.
Garlic can be taken internally to fight folliculitis. If you regularly suffer from folliculitis due to a weakened immune system, garlic will help a lot. It contains sulfur compounds called allicin that have potent antiviral and antibacterial properties that treat various skin conditions including folliculitis.
- Add 2-3 garlic cloves to soups and dishes to boost their flavor and also increase your immunity against infections like folliculitis!
5. Turmeric Powder
Turmeric powder is a unique spice that boasts powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It is effective in topical and internal treatments of various skin conditions including psoriasis and also folliculitis.
- To use internally, make yourself a healing warm cup of delicious Golden Milk! Here’s the recipe: Pour a cup of warm milk into a cup. Then add ½ tsp of turmeric powder and a ¼ tsp of powdered black pepper. Now add 1-2 tsp of raw honey to sweeten. Stir well and sip away! It’s said when taken before bed, golden milk promotes deep and restful sleep! Take golden milk every night to strengthen your immune system and naturally fight off germs that cause infection.
- To use turmeric topically, mix about ½ tsp in a small dish with enough water to form a thick paste. Apply it on your infected hair follicle(s) then apply a band-aid or bandage. Leave it overnight then remove it the next morning. It can stain skin yellow but the stain goes away gradually with warm water and soap.
6. Essential Oils
Essential oils are highly concentrated liquid plant extracts. They are very helpful for treating a myriad of skin conditions. They possess antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral properties that help fight off infections. Essential oils like tea tree, oregano, thyme, cypress, lavender, rosemary are powerful natural remedies for folliculitis. They are only for topical use and must be diluted before use.
- To use essential oils, mix 2 drops for every 1 tsp of base ingredient such as witch hazel, aloe vera gel or any vegetable oil like olive oil, coconut oil or sunflower oil. Then apply on the affected areas 2-3 times a day. Do not use essential oils over a large area of skin, limit its use to the infected area only.
7. Neem Oil
The neem tree (scientific name: Azadirachta indica) is highly revered in Ayurvedic Indian medicine for its amazing medicinal benefits. All the parts of the neem tree are useful and contain healing properties. Neem oil is more available than fresh neem leaves and it is obtained from the seeds and fruit of the neem tree. It has powerful antiseptic and antifungal properties. You can use neem oil for treating folliculitis as follows.
- Place 3 drops of neem oil on a clean cotton ball and stick it to the infected follicle with a band-aid. Change every night.
8. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel is a very soothing and cooling substance got from the succulent leaves of the aloe vera plant. It has been used since centuries ago to cool down irritated skin, promote speedy healing and reduce inflammation and redness. You can use aloe vera gel alone to your infected hair follicles or mix it with essential oils for a more effective treatment as follows:
- Place ¼ cup of aloe vera gel in a medium-sized bowl. Now carefully add 3 drops each of tea tree, lavender, rosemary and cypress essential oils. Mix well with a whisk then transfer into a clean amber glass jar. Apply on your infected areas about 3 times a day.
9. Castor Oil
Castor oil is known to treat a number of skin conditions including warts, skin growths and even folliculitis. It has discutient properties that help draw out impurities and unwanted substances from within the pores and hair follicles. It can help draw out pus and infection due to folliculitis.
- To use castor oil, simple get 4-5 drops on your hand then gently massage in on your folliculitis and surrounding areas. After massaging for 2 minutes, apply another thin layer of castor oil and leave it on overnight. Protect your clothing or bed sheets from stains by covering your legs/placing an old cloth or towel over the bed.
10. Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol is another effective natural remedy for folliculitis. It helps kills off germs and disinfect skin as well as dry it out infected hair follicles, which helps get rid of them faster. Use 90% or 75% rubbing alcohol.
- To use rubbing alcohol, place a suitable amount on a washcloth or cotton ball (depending on how large your folliculitis/rash is), then apply it on the affected area for 10 minutes. Repeat two times a day until it disappears.
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