Scalp Folliculitis

Scalp folliculitis is when the pores on your scalp become clogged. This condition has a variety of names, but it is simply scalp acne. Scalp acne can affect anybody of any age. This type of acne is limited to just the scalp either. In fact, it can show up anywhere hair follicles are located including:

  • Armpits
  • Arms
  • Leg
  • Face

These are small pustules that are of a whitish-yellow color. Hair will often grow straight through these pustules. When you pick at them, they may ooze with sebum and bloodstained pus. The hair may also grow right next to the area, but the pustule is still in the hair follicle. This condition tends to be somewhat itchy and people find it hard not to touch them. The pustules can be located anywhere on the scalp, but often only affects a small area.

This problem is formed the same way that acne is formed. This acne involves a bacterium that becomes trapped in the hair follicle. P. acnes is often the culprit in this problem. Staphylococcus bacterium is also known to cause this condition. Staphylococcus bacterium is known to cause other problems such as eye and nose infections.

Some people may develop scalp folliculitis when they sit in hot tubs or other warm and moist locations that are not chlorinated. The temperature softens the scalp and allows the hair follicles to be more susceptible to bacteria and infection. Ingrown hairs also cause it, as they are the perfect breeding grown for this bacterium. Other causes include:

  • Diabetes
  • Excessive sweating
  • Tight clothing
  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Exposure to both heat and humidity
  • Dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Flu and colds

Scalp folliculitis is contagious and can be passed from one person to another. People need to be certain to use clean towels. Don’t share items such as:

  • Towels
  • Brushes
  • Combs
  • Hair Accessories
  • Pillow cases

If scalp folliculitis is a persistent problem, be sure to visit a doctor. They will help you to determine if the infection is caused by a bacteria or fungus, which is another factor that can cause this condition. They will help you find an appropriate treatment plan as well. Many doctors will prescribe an over the counter cream that is applied to the area daily. These treatments may be Bacitracin, Neomycin and Mycitracin. These are applied three to four times per day.