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Dealing with Scalp Folliculitis


Scalp folliculitis: it just sounds scary. And what’s even scarier is that when left untreated, scalp folliculitis can actually lead to hair loss. Luckily, this condition is preventable by following some simple scalp health tips. Keep reading to learn more about scalp folliculitis and how you can prevent it.

What is Scalp Folliculitis?

Scalp folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles. The condition can affect any hair follicles on your body, including those on your scalp.

Scalp folliculitis is usually a temporary condition. However, more serious cases can permanently damage hair follicles and actually lead to hair loss. So if you suspect you have scalp folliculitis, you should visit your doctor right away.

Scalp folliculitis is usually non-infectious. In these cases, excess oils on the scalp can clog the hair follicle, leading to acne-like inflammation. However, scalp folliculitis can also be caused by a virus, fungus or bacteria. Remember, if you suspect that you have scalp folliculitis, visit your dermatologist. He or she can diagnose the cause and recommend your best treatment options.

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How to Identify Scalp Folliculitis

So how do you know if you have scalp folliculitis? You might see small spots on your scalp that resemble acne blemishes with rings of inflammation around the damaged or infected hair follicle. In the early stages of scalp folliculitis, the hair strands may still be attached. However, as the condition progresses, the strands may fall out.

How to Disguise Hair Loss from Scalp Folliculitis

If you’re experiencing hair loss from hair folliculitis, you can cover thinning and create the appearance of naturally fuller hair with Toppik Hair Building Fibers. Toppik Hair Fibers are made from keratin, the same type of protein that makes up your hair. Toppik Fibers cling to your existing hairs, blending undetectably and making hair look instantly thicker and fuller. The best part? Toppik Fibers resist wind, rain and sweat giving you long-lasting results in all conditions. You don’t need to worry about getting caught in a rainstorm!

For best results, choose one of the nine Toppik Fibers shades that most closely matches your root color. Apply using the shaker top or attach the Toppik Spray Applicator for more precise application. Then, finish by spritzing the area with Toppik FiberHold Spray, which strengthens the bonds between fibers and hair for longer-lasting hold plus natural-looking shine.

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How to Improve Your Scalp Health

Of course, the best way to treat scalp problems is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. For serious skin and scalp conditions like folliculitis, go see your doctor. But to keep your scalp health in tip-top condition in general, follow these tips:

  • Wash your hair 2-3 times per week with a gentle shampoo like Toppik Hair Building Shampoo. This will help to remove excess dirt and oils from your scalp, which can contribute to scalp irritation. Use your fingertips to gently exfoliate your scalp while you shampoo to help remove dead skin that might clog hair follicles.
  • Always follow shampoo with a moisturizing conditioner like Toppik Hair Building Conditioner. Moisturizing your hair and scalp helps keep them looking and feeling healthy.
  • Brush your hair with a natural boar-bristle brush once a day. This will help to exfoliate your scalp as well as distribute excess oil from your scalp down the hair shaft.
  • Eat a healthy diet filled with plenty of lean proteins, healthy fats, vegetables and fruits. Studies show that diet affects acne and other skin conditions. And a good diet filled with vitamins and minerals also helps your hair follicles to promote thick, healthy hair growth. Try a daily hair growth supplement to be sure you’re giving your follicles what they need for optimal growth.

How do you keep your scalp healthy? Let us know in the comments!

Colleen Welsch is a freelance beauty writer and blogger specializing in hair care, hair growth education and beauty.

2 Responses

  1. Daniel

    I think that’s probably what I have then. Does the hair ever grow back if you end up getting a bald patch because I have one on the back of my head. And it looked like acne or a sore and everyone told me to just leave it alone and not pick at it.. and I never picked but I stress like nobody’s business and I don’t know how to block stress out so I hope I’m not doomed because if I lose any more of my hair you might as well treat me like a dog and put me down to sleep cuz I can’t handle the thought of losing anymore of my damn hair. And if that’s the case I might as well stock up on the hair thickening fibers!!!!! But yes is there a faster way to get the hair growing again on the bald patch or does it not grow back!?

    1. Daniel R.

      My experience with hair folliculitis is:
      Temporary acne-like.
      -Tempted to and do scratch occasionally.
      -I’ve not noticed any hair loss/long-term hair loss as a result of folliculitis.
      I’ve treated my folliculitis by cleaning it with Isopropyl alcohol or Witch Hazel, then applying a topical acne cream/solution. Also, doctor prescribed Mupriocin Oitment works on it.
      For stress always remember that symptoms of average stress, anxiety, etc. are never dangerous, so when we have these feelings (feelings are not facts); they are average and will go away within 4-6 minutes, it’s ok to let them come on, but tell yourself that they’re average not dangerous, and your symptoms will begin to immediately subside and go away. This technique can help prevent any hair loss due to the symptoms mentioned. Good luck.

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