Folliculitis can be described as one of the commonly occurring skin conditions that is often considered to be cosmetically displeasing in nature. In this skin condition, the prime symptoms include red or pink little bumps which generally arise at the hair follicles. There are many treatment options available to take care and manage this skin condition. However, the criteria for choosing a particular type of medical treatment in this condition primarily depends upon the chief cause of folliculitis.
The top five treatment options that have been recognized in the use for the management of Folliculitis include the following:
- Over the Counter Antibacterials: These types of treatment option include antibacterial washes such as benzoyl peroxide. Some of the key brand names in this category include Clearisil, Proactiv, etc. Some other type of antibacterial washes that are available include chlorhexidine. The major selling brand in this category is Hibiclens. Most of the times, it has been found out that when a combination therapy of antibacterial washes is used along with the topical products, better results are achieved.
- Holistic Treatment for Folliculitis: This type of treatment option categorically involves making use of very diluted Clorox bleach.
- Topical Antibiotics: These types of drugs may be particularly used for treating bacterial folliculitis. At times, medical practitioners also prefer to treat the condition by using topical antibiotics in conjunction with systemic antibiotics. The commonly used topical antibiotics that are used in this category include clindamycin lotion or metronidazole lotion.
- Oral Antibiotics: The antibiotics that have been found to be effective through systemic use for managing conditions such as bacterial folliculitis include dicloxacillin, cephalexin, minocycline, levofloxacin, amoxicillin etc. The use of levofloxacin is generally made in more resistant forms of folliculitis. The oral antibiotics are generally given to the patients in the beginning; however the therapy is later followed up using a topical antibiotic or an antibacterial wash.
- Lubrication and Moisturizer Lotions: While treating folliculitis, one of the most important aspects is to address the management of the underlying dryness. Making use of the moisturizer lotions such as Cetaphil or Lubriderm can ensure the management of excessive skin dryness. In specific circumstances, some of the practitioners may also recommend medium-potency steroidal creams with an emollient base. These are particularly preferred in case of inflammatory folliculitis.
All medications should be taken with the proper advice and under guidance of the medical practitioner.
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