Treating Fungal Folliculitis

  • Antifungal Cleansers, shampoos and topical products
  • Oral antifungal supplements
  • Appropriate dietary changes
  • Exfoliation – regular but gentle peels

Lifestyle Factors and Things to Avoid

  • Discuss with your doctor whether you can stop oral and topical antibiotics. They are not necessary for us to clear your acne and antibiotics can contribute to folliculitis
  • Avoid use of very emollient or creamy moisturizers, sunscreens, cleansers, etc.
  • Keep the affected area as dry as possible
  • For body folliculitis, avoid wearing constrictive clothing or clothing that doesn’t allow skin to breathe. Cotton is best.
  • Avoid foods high in sugar, yeast and carbohydrates including alcohol, breads, candy, etc.
  • Don’t use fabric softener or harsh detergents on sheets or clothing
  • Avoid using hot tubs or taking very hot showers or baths (especially for body folliculitis)

Antifungal Topical Products

  • Mandelic Products
  • Mandelic Wash or Scrub
  • Mandelic Serums
  • Primocyn Gel
  • Regenepure shampoo or other shampoos 1% or 2% ketoconazole or zinc pyrithione (make sure there are no pore clogging ingredients if you also have acne)
  • Propylene Glycol which is in Face Reality Hydrating Emulsion
  • Benzoic Acid is anti-fungal which is in Face Reality Salicylic Antiseptic Toner
  • Topical zinc oxide can be calming and help skin maintain an optimal PH. Face Reality Ultimate Protection SPF 28 contains 11.6% zinc and is not occlusive.
  • Gold Bond powder for body folliculitis to help keep the skin dry

Antifungal Supplements

Select one or two and rotate every few weeks:

  • Probiotic supplements – good if you have been on antibiotics for a long time. No need to rotate as often as other supplements. Take for several months, then take out of diet for two weeks and start again.
  • Pure Encapsulations A.C. Formula II—also good for treating candida and yeast type issues (I have found this supplement to be the most effective.)
  • Coconut Oil (or caprylic acid) – taken internally, NOT as a topical product.
  • Undecylenic Acid (bioactive nutrients combines this with two antifungals – neem and grapefruit seed oil.
  • Olive Leaf Extract
  • Neem Oil
  • Oil of Oregano
  • Apple Cider Vinegar tablets or liquid
  • Garlic
  • Pau d’arco
  • Berberine
  • Grape Seed Oil

Thank you to Face Reality for supplying much of this helpful information.