Activities that involve sweating, sitting for long periods of time, and wearing tight, non-breathable fabrics can all contribute to a condition known as “folliculitis.”
Folliculitis is an inflammation of the follicle that presents as small red bumps and/or pustules that may itch. It does not respond to traditional acne clearing methods as it is caused mostly by a fungus, not by bacteria (there is bacterial folliculitis, but fungal folliculitis is more common). However, like acne, folliculitis can be controlled with a combination of topical antifungal products and lifestyle changes.
To treat folliculitis, we recommend using antifungal cleansers and shampoos, exfoliants and oral antifungal supplements. You can also make a number of lifestyle adjustments, such as maintaining a healthy diet and exercise.
Topical products such as our mandelic cleanser, mandelic scrub, and mandelic serums are not only great exfoliators, but are also effective in getting rid of breakouts in the buttocks area. Taking oral supplements like olive leaf, oil of oregano, and garlic can also aid you in your battle against those pesky bumps.
And to avoid future flare-ups, here’s a handy list of do’s and don’ts:
- Minimize the use sticky lotions and thick creams. Go for water-base moisturizers instead.
- Do use folliculitis-fighting cleansers.
- Don’t stay in those sweaty gym clothes for a long time. Always keep a hygienic way of life.
- Do keep the affected area as dry as possible.
- Don’t wear constrictive clothing.
- Do wear loose, breathable fabrics such as cotton.
- Don’t eat foods high in sugar, yeast, and carbohydrates.
- Do eat a healthy, balanced diet.
- Don’t use fabric softener or harsh detergents on clothing or sheets.
- Do use fragrance-free detergent and anti-static dryer balls.
- Don’t take hot showers and baths, including hot tubs.
- Do keep the area clean with tepid water.