Itchy, irritated scalp, hair loss caused by moderate and severe folliculitis
Dealing with an odd breakout or allergic reaction? Have you considered the possibility that its neither…
For anyone who has suffered from any skin irritation, from the odd breakout, to a red and itchy reaction to a new detergent or soap, identifying what the issue is, and then the cause and potential treatment, can feel like a long game of trial and error.
The symptoms of folliculitis can often seem like an acne breakout, with the irritation appearing as a cluster of small red bumps, some even looking like pimples. Or, it can present like an allergic reaction to a new product, with itchy, burning skin, or painful lumps and tenderness under the skin. If these issues appear around areas you shave, consider that these skin irritations might in fact be folliculitis. Often caused by an infection with the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, or a fungi infection, folliculitis can be a challenging condition to combat.
So how do you go about easing the irritation and finding a long-term solution?
First, take great care when shaving. Using an antibacterial soap before you shave and ensuring the razor is sharp can help. Shaving with the direction of hair growth can also ease any irritation, as well as making sure that you pull out a clean washcloth and towel every time you shave. Freshly washed pillowcases every day are also a good idea to minimize perpetuating the infection.
Folliculitis can also appear on other areas of the body. Using a medicated soap like the Folliculit Solution Medicated Body Wash when you bathe can help calm the area and penetrate deep into the hair follicles, eliminating the infection. After washing with a medicated soap or body wash, and drying gently with a clean towel, use a calming lotion to help ease itching and the potential burning these ‘breakouts’ can bring. Something like our Soothing, Anti-Bacterial Anti-Fungal Lotion will calm the area and also provide additional anti-bacterial and anti-fungal support to aid in healing. Once the area is clean and moisturized, warm compresses can ease the pain of an inflamed area and wearing loose, natural clothing can give the skin room to breathe and heal. Long term, treating your skin with a few gentle, natural products can help restore the balance in your skin, clear the infections, and hopefully minimize further irritations.
There are cases where further intervention is required. If your condition doesn’t improve after gentle treatment of the area, a visit to your doctor might be in order. They can prescribe antibiotics or antifungal medications to rid your skin of the infection, and antihistamines to minimize the itching and discomfort you might be feeling.
It is definitely worth coming up with a plan of attack though as there can be some permanent issues if folliculitis goes unchecked. Scarring and permanent damage to the hair follicle can occur, and the infections themselves can turn in to boils under the skin and can spread to surrounding areas. It is worth noting that if you’ve suffered from folliculitis before, you are more prone to have flare ups again in the future.
A few simple changes to your shaving and skin care regime can help you find a long-term plan that works to keep folliculitis at bay!