You may have experienced folliculitis if you've ever noticed tender bumps on the skin, particularly after shaving or waxing. Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicle or root that can occur anywhere on your body. Severe infections can lead to permanent hair loss and scarring, or dark, hyperpigmented spots on the skin. Folliculitis usually stems from a bacterial or fungal infection and may cause small, pus-filled bumps that can be itchy and painful. Consult your doctor for treatment of the infection and skin scarring.
Consult your doctor or dermatologist about treatment for folliculitis. Your doctor may prescribe an oral or topical skin antibiotic. Follow the exact dosage for your antibiotics and continue the medication until it is completed. Avoid shaving, scrubbing or scratching the infected area until it heals. If you must shave, use a clean, disinfected razor blade on the area of infection and do not use it elsewhere on your face or body.
Apply a wet compress soaked in a mixture of white vinegar and water to the infected area. Other alternative treatments include applying a wet compress with a few drops of tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil. The oils have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to treat minor superficial infections on the skin. Consult your doctor before trying these remedies.
Treat folliculitis scars with skin chemical peels and lightening creams. Your dermatologist can prescribe these treatments. A chemical peel can be applied in a doctor's office once or twice a month. Prescription lightening creams for hyperpigmentation or darkened areas are applied as spot treatment on the skin to reduce the appearance of scarring.
Exfoliate healed folliculitis scars to even out skin discoloration and pitting. Try gentle homemade scrubs containing baking soda or finely ground salt. Add a teaspoon of baking soda or salt to your regular cleanser and gently massage into the skin to exfoliate. Continue exfoliating regularly over several months to see gradual improvement.