Every hair on our body grows out of a small sac or pouch known as a follicle. When these follicles get damaged or infected by bacteria or fungus, you have folliculitis. The follicles become inflamed and the surface skin becomes red and raised with the hair in the centre each of pimple. There is acute itching and burning and when the pimples burst open pus and blood ooze out.
Folliculitis can occur on any part of the body but it is more common in areas such as the scalp, thighs, groin, arms and legs. Clogged skin pores due to perspiration, makeup or machine oil, tight clothing that rubs against the skin and irritates the follicles, prolonged use of antibiotics and steroid creams and diabetes are some of the causes of folliculitis. If left untreated folluculitis can cause scars and result in hair loss.
Vinegar compress is very effective in healing the hair follicles. Mix one part of white vinegar in four parts of warm water. Take a thin, clean and soft cotton cloth and soak it in the mixture. Wring out the excess water and apply the cloth directly on the rash for twenty minutes. Repeat this procedure three times a day. The acetic acid present in vinegar reduces the swelling and itching and clears the clogged pores.
Neem is the easiest and cheapest remedy for folluculitis. Neem has been used since times unknown in treating all kinds of skin disorders and rashes. It is rich in antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties which eradicate the infection most efficaciously and heal the follicles.
It exfoliates the dead skin and clears the congested pores. Boil lots of fresh neem leaves in two litres of water. When the water cools bathe the affected areas with this water twice a day. The pimples will soon subside and the pus in them will dry up.
Aloe vera has marvelous antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties which help to clear up the infection within no time. It soothes the irritated hair follicles, reduces swelling and pain and eases the burning sensation. It also helps in repairing the damaged hair follicles and effects quick healing. Remove the gel from a fresh juicy leaf of aloe vera and rub it gently on all the affected areas for fifteen minutes. Let the juice permeate the skin thoroughly. Use this application regularly three times a day until your condition is completely healed.
Coconut oil has vast reserves of essential nutrients and healing and curing properties. It abounds in antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which help cure folliculitis easily and effectively.
Rub pure coconut oil on the affected portions of the skin and the scalp three times a day. It will not only eliminate the itching and burning but will also keep the skin well moisturized and soothed.
Applying hot moist heat to the rashes will reduce the inflammation and ease the itching. Take some hot water in a bowl and add two teaspoons of salt to it. Dip a clean cotton cloth and wring out the excess water. Apply the hot compress directly on the rashes and keep it until it loses heat. Repeat the process for twenty minutes two or three times a day.