As the title suggests, I discuss with you the benefits of using good old Head & Shoulders on your face while you scrub a dub dub in the tub or shower. Honestly, stick around and I’ll show you just how it can work for you.
Folliculitis also known as ‘Fungal Acne’ is something you may have not have realized existed. Fungal acne isn’t actually a real condition as there is no such a thing. I’m going to break it down in layman terms for you and it’s essentially the inflammation of hair follicles caused by excessive yeast growing and living on your face. The difference between Folliculitis and Acne is that it is very itchy as a result of the yeast growth and occurs anywhere from your forehead, jaw line, cheeks, sides of your mouth to your nose.
By the untrained eye it typically is mistaken for acne caused by bacteria and often confused with CC’s (closed comedones, plugged pores). The infection of Folliculitis occurs at the bottom of the hair follicle. This confusion often leads to skin care addicts like ourselves mistreating them with AHA’s and BHA’s. One sign of having Fungal Acne is that you are not responding to the products you’ve incorporated into your routine for treatment of CC’s. Unless of course you have a reaction or allergy, then the product/s should work to break down the skin cells, kill any bacteria causing Acne on your face and you begin to see your complexion clear up after you’ve established a solid regimen.
If you were to pop one of those little bumps they usually secrete a yellow, pus like substance. Gross I know. I wouldn’t suggest doing this yourself either.
So how can you treat it? First I’d recommend you don’t just guess you have it and throw products on your face that could damage your moisture barrier. Have a trained professional look at your skin and properly diagnose. Always.
If you’ve stumbled across this blog post perhaps you’ve already researched the ready available information about using anti-dandruff shampoo in your routine and probably know a thing or two when it comes to skincare so you feel confident enough to try it. Hopefully you’d know what the first important step is starting with P and T (if you don’t know what I meant by that then the next bit really isn’t for you, sorry).
So I will share what I know at least. You will find that it’s common for most Dermatologists to prescribe an over the counter treatment in a liquid topical solution (there are oral tablets however they are prescribed if nothing else works). Ketoconazole is the ingredient added to most anti-dandruff shampoos like more well known Head & Shoulders Classic Clean and Nizoral and treats fungal infections of the scalp or in this case, fungal growth and yeast of the face. Used as a cleanser, lathered up on your face essentially as a mask for around 5 minutes works to kill off any nasty yeast you may have growing on your skin.
A Simple Routine (follow with caution)
- Cleanse with your regular cleanser or splash with water
- Lather your choice of Ketoconazole on your face and leave on for 5 minutes
- Wash off with water and a Deluxe Microfiber Facial Cloth
- Apply serums if you’re currently using any in your routine
- Apply emollient of your choice when you feel like you need an extra boost of hydration lock in power
Some individuals report that they see results in as little as 3 days of course this will vary on how severe your condition is and could take weeks to months. How often you do this depends. I can’t say what will work but don’t over do it! Testing is the best way to find a balance that works well enough for you without creating too much damage.
Do not fall into the trap of thinking the more times you use it the better and quicker you will see results. More often than not, you’ll find that you will ruin your moisture barrier which can possibly lead to giving yourself acne instead of clearing it instead *yikes*.
Protect Your Moisture Barrier At All Costs
Be sure as to replenish that moisture back into your skin and protect your moisture barrier. Another point to mention is do not use Ketoconazole on your face for longer than 5 minutes and do not over use. This ingredient can be extremely drying to the skin. If you notice redness and dry patches, chances are you’re over exfoliating. Stop and limit products till your skin calms down.
I hope you enjoyed these facts and information brought to you today from DMP Health. Remember to seek professional advice.
As always love your health!
Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor, Dermatologist, Beauty Therapist, or Aesthetician, I just love skincare and health and love sharing what I learn with you. Always speak to your healthcare professional when unsure. None of the information provided is substitute for an actual consultation with your healthcare professional.