Folliculitis is a common inflammatory skin condition that affects your hair follicles. These are the openings in your skin that hold the roots of your hair.

It’s usually caused by a fungal or bacterial infection that occurs when you damage your hair follicles. It can affect any part of your body that has hair, including your scalp.

The condition isn’t contagious, and you can usually treat it at home. But in some cases, the infection can spread to other follicles and cause scarring or permanent hair loss.

symptoms of scalp folliculitis?

Folliculitis initially causes small, red bumps that look similar to an acne breakout. Over time, it may spread to other follicles and the bumps may get larger and more inflamed.

While it can affect any part of your scalp, it often begins along your hairline.

Other signs and symptoms of scalp folliculitis include:

  • Clusters of tiny, red bumps on your scalp that may have a white tip
  • Sores with yellowish-brown scabs
  • Sores that drain pus
  • Itching
  • Burning or stinging sensation
  • Pain or tenderness

Steps to get rid of scalp folliculitis at home?

You can usually take care of mild cases of folliculitis at home. The most important thing is to stop doing anything that may have caused it in the first place.

For example, if you shave your head frequently, try taking a few weeks off. If your folliculitis clears up, you may want to change your shaving technique.

You can also try:

  • Warm compress. Applying a warm compress or warm, damp cloth to your scalp a few times a day can help to soothe your scalp and drain any pus.
  • Antibacterial soap. If your scalp folliculitis is located along your hairline, gently wash the skin twice daily with antibacterial soap and dry the area with a clean towel.
  • Anti-dandruff shampoo. Washing your scalp with an anti-dandruff shampoo that contains antifungal agents, such as ketoconazole, ciclopirox, or tea tree oil, may be helpful.
  • Cortisone cream. A cortisone cream, also available in stores, can help to soothe the inflammation and itch of scalp folliculitis.
  • Antibiotic ointment. You can also try applying an antibiotic ointment, like Neosporin, to the area to help target bacteria.
  • Lukewarm water. Avoid washing your hair or scalp with hot water, which can further irritate your scalp. Stick to lukewarm water instead.
  • Washing. Wash any items, such as hats, bedding, or combs, that have come into contact with the affected part of your scalp.

Once your condition has cleared up, be sure to practice proper scalp hygiene. Wash your scalp regularly to avoid a buildup of hair products and oils that can clog or irritate your hair follicles.

If you shave your head with a hand razor, consider switching to an electric razor and using a soothing lotion after each shave.