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I've had this foliculitis thing going for the better part of a year. Painful irritated pimple-like bumps and clusters all over my thighs, butt, back, shoulders. Normally they just flare up and die down. But sometimes they form white heads, pop, bleed, ooze, or become infected staph cysts that get HUGE with red inflamed skin all around it. these need to be treated and removed by a medical staff. They leave ugly embarassing scars that start as deep red, fade to purple, then to black, then finally dissapear after an eternity.
My dermatologist initially had me on a heavy oral antibiotic twice a day. I've had to keep taking this constantly to ward off the flare ups, but even on the antibiotics I have breakouts. Nothing seems to be a "cure" but I can share what has helped me in my struggles, and I can honestly say I've gotten it to a much more controlled and less embarassing state.
STAY CLEAN -- daily showers are a must. 2 showers a day isnt a bad idea.
SCRUB -- I use a coarse (not TOO course) loofa to scratch dead skin cells off. Dont just wash with soap, you gotta scrub like you mean it.
TOPICAL WASH - I use a benzoyl peroxide wash that kills alot of the bacteria and prevents big breakouts
WASH YOUR CLOTHES AFTER 1 WEAR -- this is a must. it sucks, your laundry bill will pay the price, but you have to do it.
WASH YOUR TOWELS AND SHEETS CONSTANTLY!!!! Dont sleep in a dirty bed. It will make it so much worse.
EXPERIMENT WITH YOUR DIET -- I've messed around with cutting out random parts of my diet and have had varying success. My biggest "clean" streak came when I wasnt eating any dairy.
SMOKING -- i am a smoker and my folliculitis is worst when i smoke a lot. I'm trying to quit and my skin is thanking me
BABY POWDER!!!! this is the biggest one, so i will repeat it. before you leave in the morning, cover your problem areas in LOADS of baby powder.
BABY POWDER!!!!! friction, moisture and irritation are your worst enemies. My doctor reccomended that I use lotion to try to help the problem.... WRONG. lotion and moisturizers make the problem worse. KEEP YOUR SKIN AS DRY AS POSSIBLE, AVOID TIGHT FITTING CLOTHES, POWDER YOUR PROBLEM AREAS BEFORE YOU GO OUT, PRACTICE GOOD HYGEINE, AND STAY POSITIVE!!
Your not alone. I've been fighting this aggressively and it is possible to get it controlled to the point where your skin looks normal again!! Your mindset is a huge part in this, I feel like when I give up and get depressed about my ugly skin, the problem worsens. When I am agressively positive about beating the crap out of this stupid infection, it seems to get better. YOU CAN DO IT!!
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