Folliculitis is one of the most common skin conditions. Folliculitis can be caused by extreme sweating, shaving, friction of human skin against different fabric or infected cuts. In this skin condition, the main symptoms include red and pink little bumps which appear at the hair follicles. In most cases, folliculitis can be treated with over-the-counter products or remedies.
If your folliculitis cause by bacteria, it may be treated with antibacterial skin shampoos/soaps/washes, and topical/oral antibiotics. You should keep in mind that there are no therapy is effective for all people. It depends on the root cause of folliculitis – bacteria, skin dryness or something else.The following are over-the-counter treatments for folliculitis for your reference ( make sure that you are in troubles with Folliculitis or Herpes ).
Over-the-counter treatment for folliculitis
1. Over-the-counter antibacterial soaps/washes/shampoos
It is important to keep the infected area clean. Dirt and other contaminants can prevent healing and lead to more serious infection.
You should wash 2-3 times daily with antibacterial wash such as benzoyl peroxide. There are many products like Clearisil, Proactiv, Hibiclens, etc. Some product may include chlorhexidine.
In case of fungal and yeast folliculitis, it is often treated with an antifungal shampoo/body wash like ketoconazole (Nizoral Shampoo) 2-3 times daily. More severe and deeper fungal folliculitis may require the addition of a topical antifungal cream like terbinafine (Lamisil) or lotrimin and an antifungal pill like fluconazole (Diflucan).
If you feel itchy, you can use hydrocortisone cream to relieve it and inflammation also. This product is widely available in pharmacies.
For better results, you should apply antibacterial wash in conjunction with the topical products.
These kinds of drugs are particularly used to treat bacterial folliculitis. The common topical antibiotics include metronidazole lotion or clindamycin lotion. Moderate cases of bacterial folliculitis may be treated by a routine of twice-daily application of a topical.
You should apply topical antibiotics together with systemic antibiotics for better results.
A 5 to 20-day-course of an oral antibiotic like cephalexin, dicloxacillin, doxycyline, tetracycline, ciprofloxacin, minocycline or levofloxacin may be used for cases that are more severe.
The oral antibiotics should be used in the beginning only. After that, you should use use a topical antibiotic or an antibacterial washes alternatively.
4. Moisturizer and Lubrication Lotions
If your folliculitis is associated with dry skin, you should focus on the control of the underlying dryness. For these cases, to prevent skin dryness, you should avoid using soaps/washes which contain too much cleanser.
Lubrication with moisturizer lotions such as Lubriderm or Cetaphil is very effective for these cases. For worse cases , there are additional treatment options for skin dryness include lactic acid lotions (Amlactin, Lac-Hydrin), urea cream (Carmol 10, Carmol 20, Carmol 40, Urix 40), alpha hydroxy acid lotions (glytone, glycolic body lotions), and salicylic acid (Salex lotion).
Finally, all medications should be taken with the proper advice and under guidance of the medical practitioner. If your folliculitis get severe, visit your doctor.