Scalp Folliculitis

Scalp Folliculitis 

What is Scalp Folliculitis

Scalp folliculitis occurs when hair follicles become inflamed, usually due to bacterial or fungal infection. This inflammation can result in small red bumps, pustules, or crusts on the scalp, accompanied by itching, tenderness, and sometimes hair loss. Scalp folliculitis can affect anyone, but it’s more common in people with certain risk factors, such as those with oily skin, frequent sweating, or compromised immune systems.

Symptoms of Scalp Folliculitis

The symptoms of scalp folliculitis can vary depending on the underlying cause and severity of the condition. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Small red bumps or pustules on the scalp

  • Itching, tenderness, or discomfort

  • Scalp pain or soreness

  • Crusting or scabbing of affected areas

  • Hair loss or thinning in severe cases

Causes of Scalp Folliculitis

Several factors can contribute to the development of scalp folliculitis, including:

  • Bacterial infections: Common bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus can infect hair follicles, leading to inflammation and folliculitis.
  • Fungal infections: Yeasts such as Malassezia can also cause folliculitis known as pityrosporum folliculitis, particularly in individuals with predisposing factors like excessive sweating or poor hygiene.
  • Razor bumps (Pseudofolliculitis Barbae): Resembling folliculitis, this rash results from ingrown hairs, not infected follicles. It predominantly affects individulas with curly hair who shave too closely, typically seen on the face and neck.
  • Immune system disorders: Conditions that weaken the immune system, such as HIV/AIDS or diabetes, can make individuals more susceptible to scalp folliculitis.

Scalp Folliculitis 

Treatment Options for Scalp Folliculitis

Treatment for scalp folliculitis depends on the underlying cause and severity of the condition. Common treatment options include:

  • Antibacterial or antifungal medications: Topical or oral antibiotics may be prescribed to treat bacterial infections, while antifungal agents are used for fungal infections.
  • Antiseptic shampoos: Medicated shampoos containing ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or ketoconazole can help reduce inflammation and control infection.
  • Warm compresses: Applying warm compresses to affected areas can help soothe inflammation and promote healing.
  • Avoiding irritants: Avoiding harsh hair care products, chemical treatments, or tight hairstyles can help prevent further irritation and recurrence of folliculitis.

Scalp Folliculitis 


Scalp folliculitis is a common condition that can cause discomfort and affect the appearance of the scalp. If you’re experiencing symptoms of scalp folliculitis, it’s important to consult with a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. With the right approach, scalp folliculitis can be effectively managed, allowing you to enjoy a healthy scalp and hair. 

If you have any concerns about scalp folliculitis or would like to explore treatment options, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at AlloRoots Hair Restoration. Our experienced team is here to help you achieve optimal scalp health and well-being.

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