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Folliculitis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

What is Folliculitis? - Symptoms & Treatment

What is Folliculitis?

Folliculitis is a common skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become inflamed, usually due to a bacterial or fungal infection. It can occur anywhere on the body where hair grows, but is most commonly seen on the face, scalp, neck, chest, back, buttocks, and legs.

What are the symptoms of Folliculitis?

Symptoms of folliculitis can vary depending on the severity and location of the infection, but typically include small, red bumps or pimples around the hair follicle. These bumps can be itchy, tender, or painful, and may be filled with pus or other fluids. In more severe cases, folliculitis can cause scarring or permanent hair loss.

What triggers Folliculitis?

There are several types of folliculitis, each with its own specific causes and symptoms. Some of the most common types include:

  1. Bacterial folliculitis: Caused by bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, this type of folliculitis can occur anywhere on the body and is characterized by small, pus-filled bumps that may be red and swollen.

  2. Hot tub folliculitis: Also known as pseudomonas folliculitis, this type of folliculitis is caused by bacteria that thrive in warm, moist environments such as hot tubs, spas, or swimming pools. Symptoms typically include small, red bumps that may be itchy or painful.

  3. Pityrosporum folliculitis: Caused by a type of yeast known as Malassezia, this type of folliculitis typically occurs on the upper back, chest, and shoulders. Symptoms include small, itchy, red bumps that may be surrounded by a white halo.

  4. Razor bumps: Also known as pseudofolliculitis barbae, this type of folliculitis is caused by ingrown hairs that occur after shaving. Symptoms include small, red bumps that may be painful or itchy, and can lead to scarring or hyperpigmentation over time.

How to get rid of Folliculitis?

Treatment for folliculitis depends on the type and severity of the infection. In mild cases, self-care measures such as daily washing of the affected area with a natural antibacterial liquid or solid soap, drying properly, avoiding tight clothing, not shaving, and applying warm compresses may be all that is required.

Folliculitis treatment for the scalp

Washing your hair with Benchmark Thyme Shampoo can help heal and soothe folliculitis on the scalp. Benchmark Thyme is Antibacterial, Antiseptic, has Anti-inflammatory properties and with regular use can help keep your hair and scalp healthy and clear of scalp problems.

Folliculitis on the scalp

Folliculitis treatment for the skin

The combination of Benchmark Thyme Soap or Gel Wash and Benchmark Thyme Cream has proved to be a gentle and effective natural remedy for many with Folliculitis. It's Antibacterial, Antiseptic and Anti-inflammatory. Our unique Benchmark Thyme products have received a great deal of positive feedback for Folliculitis. With regular use you can keep your skin soft, healthy and folliculitis free.

Folliculitis on the skin

In more severe cases, prescription medications such as oral antibiotics or antifungal drugs may be necessary. If folliculitis is caused by an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, treating the underlying condition is also important for resolving the infection.

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How do you stop recurring Folliculitis?

Preventing folliculitis is often the best approach, particularly in cases where the infection is caused by bacteria. Some tips for preventing folliculitis:

  1. Keep your skin and scalp clean with natural antibacterial products. Using soap or wash that contains essential oil with antibacterial properties like Benchmark Thyme or Tea Tree can prevent bacterial infection on the skin and scalp.

  2. Use a clean washcloth and towel each time.

  3. Avoid wearing tight clothing that can trap sweat and bacteria.

  4. Use a clean razor. We suggest applying our Organic Benchmark Thyme Conditioner on dry skin before using your razor and then rinse off with clean running water.

  5. Avoid sharing personal items such as towels, razors, or clothing.

  6. As far as possible make sure the hot tubs, spas, and swimming pools you use are clean and well-maintained.

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