Ever had acne that’s not on your face? Say your thighs, upper arms, bottom and/or stomach? You may not know this, but spots that typically collect in these areas are usually something else… Folliculitis. Despite it being embarrassing at times, it’s extremely common, very treatable and usually nothing to worry about.
Shying away from problems like this tends to just make them worse. So whilst you may affectionately refer to your back’s uneven terrain as “bacne” (yep, people do!) there are actually some very natural ways to treat those pesky pimples, before thinking about folliculitis treatment!
But what is Folliculitis? Well, it appears as tiny red, inflamed spots on areas other than your face which explains why it’s so often mistaken for acne. These are, in fact, your hair follicles (where the root of your hair grows from) becoming irritated and producing pustules, that look very similar to pimples or whiteheads.
And what causes our hair follicles to get grumpy on us? Here, the answer actually consists of a few things depending on where they’re appearing. Folliculitis can occur when your legs rub against the denim of your jeans, or your upper arms rub against your tight-fitting shirt. It can also occur if you’re shaving regularly. Folliculitis can affect men’s face and neck after shaving their beards, and women under their arms, bikini lines, and legs (or men if they choose to shave here too!). The repeated shaving motion with the razor produces tiny cuts that allow bacteria to enter the skin and invade the deeper hair follicles.
Your body’s hair follicles can also become infected from wearing your wet workout gear too. The fabric traps moisture so sweaty leggings or a wet bathing suit are the main culprits to be wary of. This moisture then mixes with the natural bacteria that lie on the surface of your skin.
Some people also find Folliculitis flares for them after being in a hot tub on the skin typically covered by the bathing garment. A breakout will occur around 12-48 hours after sitting in the tub.
Got sore spots on your scalp and around your hairline? These could be popping up because you’re rubbing or scratching an already irritated scalp, or you’re applying a lot of pressure on the hair by tugging or twisting it into certain tight hairstyles (can we blame Ariana Grande’s influence here?) which, in turn, leaves your hair follicles vulnerable to becoming inflamed.
Does this all sound a bit familiar? Well, below you can find the 6 most natural ways of fighting off Folliculitis and kiss goodbye to those pimples on your peach, those spots on your stomach or those lumps on your legs and start moving towards the summer months with confidence.
If you’re experiencing these unwanted bumps on your bottom, chuck out the nylon in your panty drawer. Cotton underwear is where it’s at, as cotton wicks away moisture way better than any other fabric. It allows your skin to breathe, which is essential for defeating Folliculitis.
The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of Castor Oil can be brilliant when used to treat Folliculitis. Castor Oil can support in killing the bacteria that’s formed in the follicle and provide relief from the symptoms.
You can apply Castor Oil topically to the area to provide some instant relief.
Gym clothing is upping its game in the fashion industry, but despite it fitting and looking great, it can actually create more heat and friction which blocks the follicles up leading to bacteria growth. Let that vanity go and choose a loose, breathable fabric like hemp, cotton or linen when working out.
It’s important to keep the skin moist, but lots of regular moisturizers can actually clog the follicles and in turn, make the spots worse. Look to 100% coconut oil which makes an excellent natural moisturizer, and will help soothe your irritated area of skin.
If you’re prone to Folliculitis, you need to regularly wash as this will remove any excess oil, dirt, and sweat which may reduce the bacteria levels on the skin. In turn, this will reduce the chance of Folliculitis occurring.
If you’re working out, make sure to wash after exercising straight away. The extra sweat you produce in a class or on the mat/machine, can provide the perfect environment for unwanted bacteria to grow.
Saltwater can help sterilize the problem area… So, it’s time to get to the sea! If you live inland though, or it’s difficult to get to the beach/too cold, invest in some bathing salts and take a nice long soak. The salt can help relieve, soothe and clear up the skin totally naturally.
Folliculitis can look and feel unpleasant, but you don’t have to suffer in silence. Try the above and you’re bound to see a positive change to the area of skin. If you’ve been treating your Folliculitis with natural remedies for a few weeks and no improvement has been made, make sure to take a trip to the dermatologist as it could well be something else that needs an alternative folliculitis treatment or a more severe case.
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