Folliculitis is a surprisingly common condition that affects the hair follicles and surrounding skin. It’s characterized by inflamed follicles, which may be due to a fungal or bacterial infection. It’s more common for people with acne to develop the condition than people without acne. While inflamed or infected hair follicles frequently occur after shaving, they can also occur on body parts you do not shave. Many people experience folliculitis on the scalp. The condition isn’t contagious, but if it is caused by a fungal infection, it can potentially spread to other parts of your body. If you have inflamed hair follicles, you may be able to soothe your scalp with antifungal shampoo for folliculitis.
Symptoms of Scalp Folliculitis
In its beginning stages, folliculitis causes sensitive red bumps that may be mistaken for acne. However, without treatment, the condition can progress and lead to any or all of the following symptoms:
- Painful sores with yellowish scabs on top
- Bumps that ooze pus or yellowish liquid
- Itching and discomfort
- Clusters of red bumps on the scalp (some of which may be white on top)
- Stinging, burning or painful sensations on the scalp
You risk of developing folliculitis increases if you have a weakened immune system, have other skin conditions such as dermatitis and/or acne, and take certain acne medications. Males with curly, coarse hair are also more likely to develop the condition.
There are a variety of things you can do to treat inflamed follicles. In addition to avoiding excess hair products, you can also take the following steps to reduce or soothe folliculitis:
- Wash your hair with lukewarm water
- Use antibiotic cream on your scalp if you suspect the condition is caused by bacteria
- Apply a warm compress to your scalp regularly to help drain pus and soothe the affected area
- Use a special antifungal shampoo to combat any fungal infection that may be causing your condition
To prevent the condition from flaring up in the future, avoid wearing hats frequently or styling your hair in restrictive ways that can irritate your hair follicles (including tight braids and ponytails). Minimizing your use of hair products is also important and can prevent your hair follicles from becoming clogged and irritated.
How Dandrene Antifungal Shampoo Can Help
Dandrene Exfoliating Anti-Dandruff Shampoo from DS Laboratories is formulated with several ingredients known to minimize inflammation that commonly occurs with folliculitis. These include:
- Pyrithione zinc 2%
- Ursolic acid
- Hydrolyzed lupine protein
- Pomegranate peel extract
- Emu oil
Pyrithione zinc, in particular, is valued for its bacteriostatic and fungistatic properties. It is frequently used to treat seborrheic dermatitis and can help you maintain a healthier scalp. When used in combination with Dandrene Exfoliating Anti-Dandruff Conditioner, the shampoo can heal your scalp more effectively.
Folliculitis can be embarrassing and painful, but it doesn’t have to be permanent. If you aren’t sure whether or not our Dandrene shampoo and conditioner are right for your scalp and hair needs, feel free to take our user-friendly online hair assessment. After answering a few easy questions, you’ll be matched up with the hair products that are the best fit for your hair care needs.