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Folliculitis, Do You Have This Common Acne Imposter?

L came to us in March frustrated and at her wits end with this acne imposter. As most can relatable who have tried to treat this condition at home without success know, unless you're receiving the PROPER treatments and using the CORRECT home care products you won't see much change in the skin.

Fungal folliculitis is a condition that sounds like a mouthful, but is actually a pretty common ailment. It's a type of folliculitis, which is an infection of the hair follicles. But instead of being caused by bacteria like most cases of folliculitis, fungal folliculitis is caused by, you guessed it, fungi!

Now, before you start picturing tiny mushrooms sprouting out of your hair follicles, let's get a little more scientific. Fungi are a type of microorganism that can live on and inside our bodies. There are many different types of fungi, and some of them can cause infections when they overgrow.

In the case of fungal folliculitis, the culprit is usually a type of yeast called Malassezia. This yeast is actually present on most people's skin, but sometimes it can grow out of control and cause problems. When this happens, it can lead to small, itchy bumps or pustules around hair follicles.

The good news is that fungal folliculitis is usually pretty easy to treat. The proper products (our favorites include Mandelic Acid and Glycolic Acid (both available in our clinic), are usually effective at clearing up the infection. In some cases, it may be necessary to treat the underlying condition that is causing the overgrowth of fungi, such as an autoimmune disorder or diabetes.

L began with our bespoke acne bootcamp treatments and prescribed home care products and in a matter of three months she is clear and her skin is healthy!

So, there you have it! Fungal folliculitis may sound like a mouthful, but it's really just a fancy way of saying "yeast infection of the hair follicles." And while it can be annoying and itchy, it's usually not a serious condition and can be easily treated with the guidance of a trained professional.

Fungal folliculitis can be affected by the following:
  • Humidity

  • Hot tubs

  • Heavy moisturizers

  • Oily skin

  • Antibiotics

  • Steroids

Anti fungal supplements that can help when taken ORALLY (pick ONE and rotate every two weeks)
  • Coconut Oil (or caprylic acid)

  • Garlic

  • ACV (tablets or liquid)

  • Oil of Oregano

  • Probiotic supplements – especially for those who have been on antibiotics for a long time. Probiotics don’t need to be rotated out as often. They can be taken for several months at a time, then taken out of the diet for a week or two and then restarted again.

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