Folliculitis is an inflammation or infection of the hair follicles. It can be caused by a bacteria or fungus and may be aggravated by underlying health conditions or body care practices. Folliculitis can be irritating, painful and embarrassing, depending on the location of this condition. Natural remedies for folliculitis can often be helpful according to Earth Clinic readers.
Top remedies include turmeric, apple cider vinegar, colloidal silver, healing underlying health conditions and changing body care routines.
What Causes Folliculitis?
When the hair follicle gets infected or irritated, folliculitis can result. Our bodies naturally have bacteria and fungus on them. When the hair follicle gets irritated by shaving or tight clothes, small breaks in the skin can allow bacteria to enter the follicle and infection results. If you are anemic, have a depressed immune system or are prone to acne, you may be more likely to have outbreaks of folliculitis.
Natural Remedies for Folliculitis
There are many natural remedies that you can find at home or at your grocery store that are quite effective in treating folliculitis.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is an inexpensive and easy to use home treatment for folliculitis. This remedy can be used internally or externally.
Research has found that the acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar has antibacterial and anti fungal activity against E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans.
White vinegar is another form of vinegar that can be used for folliculitis.
Read feedback from Earth Clinic readers who have tried ACV for folliculitis on this page.
The most popular remedy for folliculitis on Earth Clinic, turmeric root is a bright orange root vegetable commonly used in cooking. This simple herb is a strong and effective natural antibiotic.
One study showed that the compound curcumin found in turmeric is active against Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria that can lead to folliculitis.
Not only does Turmeric work against staph bacteria, but many other bacteria as well.
Colloidal silver is a gentle but powerful natural treatment for folliculitis. It can be purchased in health food stores or even made at home. Because it is effective against bacteria and fungus, Colloidal Silver is a useful remedy for folliculitis.
Body Care Products and Routines for Folliculitis
Shaving can aggravate the hair follicles, resulting in folliculitis. At the same time, for some, clean shaven skin may be easier to keep clean, making shaving a solution for folliculitis instead of a cause. You will need to monitor the effects of shaving on your folliculitis to see what works best for you.
Many shampoos and body soaps can aggravate folliculitis. Shampoos and soaps with sodium laureth sulphate are linked to folliculitis and numerous other health problems. You may find that using natural shampoo alternatives eliminate your folliculitis breakouts. African black soap is also helpful to many with this condition.
Folliculitis and Underlying Health Problems
If you are anemic, you body will not fight disease as well. For some, healing anemia is the solution to folliculitis. Blackstrap molasses is a common natural remedy for anemia.
Sometimes folliculitis is caused by fungus. If you have a history of antibiotic use or a systemic candida infection, you may need to deal with an underlying fungal problem. Probiotics, milk kefir or the anti-candida diet may be the answer to your folliculitis, in this case.
Have you tried a natural remedy for folliculitis? We would love to hear about it!
Most Popular Folliculitis RemediesBelow are the top natural remedies for folliculitis, ranked by total number of 4 & 5 star reviews from Earth Clinic readers over the past twenty years.
|Turmeric - #1 Remedy||37|
|Apple Cider Vinegar||10|