Folliculitis Home Treatments
Folliculitis, an inflammation of the hair follicles, can often be treated at home with acne cleansers and OTC medicated creams, and by changing how you shave. It may take 2–4 weeks to get better.
OTC medicated acne cleansers can help treat folliculitis. They usually have antibacterial ingredients to help get rid of bacteria in the follicle. The antibacterials can also help open up clogged hair follicles.
- Look for acne washes that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or sodium hypochlorite.
- Use higher strength benzoyl peroxide wash (10%) on the back, chest, and arms, and a lower strength (4%) on the face. Apply daily in the shower and leave on for several minutes before rinsing them off.
- Benzoyl peroxide wash (PanOxyl, CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser) helps get rid of bacteria.
- Salicylic acid (Neutrogena Oil-free Acne Wash) helps unclog hair follicles.
- Sodium hypochlorite (CLn BodyWash) removes bacteria from the skin and hair follicle and reduces inflammation.
How to treat folliculitis at home
- If you have folliculitis in areas that you shave, start shaving in the direction of the hairs.
- Frequently change your razor.
- If you can, shave less often.
- Use electric clippers for a beard instead of a razor blade.
- Don’t keep on sweaty or wet clothing. Take them off as soon as you are done.
- After getting sweaty, shower or wash up.