Folliculitis: The Causes and Cures

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.

Here at Organica, we wouldn’t dream of shying away from skin and wellbeing issues that creep on your confidence and prevent you from feeling your natural best, no matter how awkward they may feel to talk about. Folliculitis is one of those topics! And whilst you may affectionately refer to your backside’s uneven terrain as “butt acne” (yep, people do!) there are actually some very natural ways to treat it. 

But what even is Folliculitis? Well, Folliculitis is often mistaken for acne but it’s a very common skin problem. It appears as tiny red, inflamed spots on areas other than your face. 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. 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 beard, and women their under 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.

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 lies 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.

Does this all sounds a bit familiar? Well, it’s time to kiss goodbye to those pimples on your peach or those spots on your stomach. Team Organica have put together the 6 most wholesome, organic ways of fighting off Folliculitis, so you can get back to feeling and looking your natural best.

Cotton Underwear

If you’re experiencing these unwanted bumps on your bottom, chuck out the nylon in your pantry 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.

Castor Oil

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.

Why not try our 100% vegan Castor Oil! It’s completely organic, paraben and sulfate-free too! Ricinoleic acid, which is the main fatty acid in castor oil, has impressive anti-inflammatory properties - great for Folliculitis! Apply the oil directly to the area in need and it can reduce inflammation and relieve soreness in a matter of hours. All-natural, cruelty-free, and completely miraculous.

Moisture Wicking Workout Clothes

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 loose, breathable fabric like hemp, cotton or linen when working out.

Coconut Oil

It’s important to keep the skin moist, but lots of regular moisturisers can actually clog the follicles and in turn make the spots worse. Look to 100% coconut oil which makes an excellent natural moisturiser, and will help soothe your irritated area of skin.

Shower more

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.

Sink into saltwater

Saltwater can help sterilise the problem area… So, it’s time to get in 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.

Final Thoughts

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 dermotologist as it could well be something else that needs alternative treatment.

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