by Mark/Folliculitis Clinic.
Ingrown hairs, inflamed follicles and razor bumps—I know a lot of people who have dealt with the same problems, so my story may be similar to yours. More than six years of daily pain and misery have now finally ended, but it wasn’t easy at all to find a solution that worked long-term. On the other hand, it is actually not that hard to beat this condition, once you know what is going on in your body and what you should do to correct it.
It all started out of the blue…
It all started out of the blue about eight years ago and was a pain up until I came up with the “Folliculitis: A New Approach” program you can read more about here. Following this approach, I noticed immediate results and my skin cleared in less than a week. After years of suffering I was finally free from folliculitis! Before that, I suffered from inflamed hair follicles and ingrown hair, mainly in my beard at the jaw line and neck, which resulted in what could only be described as ugly, painful cysts/boils. They ranged in size from small, like peas, to those as large as walnuts, and they disfigured my jaw line and neck, often for several weeks at a time, due to the swelling caused by the inflammation. Multiple hairs exiting from one hair follicle and abnormally thick hairs—either white, clear or jet-black in color—were only some of the bizarre symptoms I experienced.
I had been doing research on the Internet for a while, seeing that others suffer from the exact same symptoms that I experienced. Not all patients with folliculitis exhibit the same symptoms, but many do.
These abnormal hairs almost resembled a thin steel wire or pencil lead, and were often so coarse that they couldn’t enter the small holes in the foil of an electric foil shaver, resulting in a very unsatisfying, uneven and difficult shave. Several times a day, I would stand in front of the mirror trying to remove these splinter-like hairs with a pair of tweezers. The wounds would heal rapidly if I was lucky enough to extract the hairs, but they were often too difficult to catch, and I would then either dig more deeply into the wound with the tweezers (not a good idea, but sometimes you get desperate) or give up and wait for weeks before the wound could heal fully. This resulted in irregular skin pigmentation—post-inflammatory hyper- and hypopigmentation—and facial scar tissue.
Doctors treat the symptoms, not the root cause
After relying on doctors for several years, I came to the conclusion that there was no current cure for this condition because my attempts with several doctors and specialists were unsuccessful. In fact, one dermatologist did not believe my symptoms were caused by ingrown hairs or inflamed follicles and exacerbated my symptoms by giving me a prescription drug that stated folliculitis was a potential side effect! You can probably understand why I wasn’t impressed by these healthcare providers, and yes, their advice did worsen the folliculitis. I repeatedly wasted money on expensive and useless products. I think it is very clear that this condition pertains to hair structure. I do not suffer from acne, and when I removed the hair that caused the problem, my skin healed quickly. I was tested for bacterial and fungus infections, and doctors found no indication of either; nonetheless, they prescribed tetracycline and several topical antibiotics for me…
While there are certainly knowledgeable doctors—some of my previous colleagues and one old friend are physicians—I have read and heard similar stories like mine too many times, and the arrogance that patients sometimes witness can be quite aggravating. Some doctors treat their patients with disrespect and very little empathy. These doctors deserve criticism, while others genuinely do their best to treat their patients and cannot be blamed for not having more treatments available.
I know some of my readers have attempted to discuss treatments found online with their doctors or dermatologists, with little response. Your doctor is likely to reject my information or to be disinterested in it, not necessarily because they disagree with it but simply because they are not knowledgeable of the supplements that I mention. Doctors can only prescribe treatments that are FDA-approved or approved by similar agencies.
Folliculitis can ruin your life
Folliculitis can ruin your life in all aspects, whether you are trying to go on a date or to attend a party. I think you know what I mean—attempting to be social with a disfigured jaw and neck, caused by the swelling and lesions, is quite challenging. In addition, spending half an hour every morning trying to remove splinter-like whiskers, pus and blood, just digging into your skin with a pair of tweezers and knowing that you are going to permanently scar yourself, is a fairly traumatic way to start the day. Not to mention the constant pain and irritation; people who do not suffer from folliculitis can rarely understand how serious the condition is. Some of you may have less painful symptoms, but you can also receive assistance in treating your condition here, even if your symptoms are different from what I have described; symptoms of folliculitis vary depending on what part of the body is involved. However, folliculitis involves reactions from the body’s immune system, and that is what the “Folliculitis: A New Approach” system impacts.
In general, folliculitis severely detracted from my quality of life—the feeling of total loss of control made me both angry and upset. I imagine that if you are reading this, you probably feel the same way.
Regain control of your skin
Approximately three years ago, I took the decision to regain control of my skin and my life because:
1. I knew that I couldn’t live the rest of my life with this condition, and I realized that the folliculitis wasn’t going away by itself. In fact, it worsened every year, and after a couple of years, I began developing inflamed hairs in other parts of my body. Remember, hair follicles are found almost all over the human body, even in areas of skin that seem smooth. More specifically, I began experiencing the same symptoms on my back, legs, and on the back of my head. This truly alarmed me because I have seen people with scalp folliculitis (folliculitis decalvans), which is not a pretty sight. Although you may not necessarily develop scalp folliculitis if you do nothing to treat the condition, this can develop unexpectedly without any reason—seemingly. A person who suffers from scalp folliculitis usually loses a lot of hair, and the resulting scarring can be horrendous.
The Internet reveals the great number of people who have suffered from folliculitis for twenty years or more. How they stay sane is a puzzle to me. I tried almost every pre- and post-shave product and several skincare products on the market without success. I also tried every variation of shavers and shaving techniques imaginable. Nothing worked, not even growing a beard, which was extraordinarily frustrating.
2. Many doctors and dermatologist genuinely do not know what to do to help their patients. That is not an accusation, but a fact. The medications that they prescribe, moreover, are not candy. Antibiotics for internal and external use are usually the first thing physicians suggest, even though they are aware (or should be aware) that folliculitis is not always caused by microorganisms. Folliculitis can be non-infectious (non-bacterial/sterile) and may then be affected by a secondary infection, but in such cases, the infection does not cause folliculitis—it just makes it worse.
Antibiotics must be taken seriously because they can eliminate beneficial bacteria in the colon and, used topically on the skin, can shift the natural balance between the skin’s amounts of bacteria and yeast. As a result, you may suffer from more health problems than you had before consulting your doctor. Furthermore, the bacteria in your body may eventually become resistant to the antibiotics, so such medications cannot be used for long periods of time. I tried it all, and if anything, antibiotics only made the folliculitis worse! Doctors have no cure for recurrent/non-infectious folliculitis except perhaps hair/beard removal, which leads me to the next point…
3. IPL/Laser hair removal didn’t work! Throughout the years, I tried five different clinics that used IPL (intense pulsed light) or laser to remove my beard. The process is extremely painful, costs a fortune, and actually resulted in additional problems. You would think that I would give up after trying a couple of clinics, but each of them convinced me into thinking that its brand-new IPL or laser system would be more powerful or better than what I had already tried. I gave up on this method because the beard returned each and every time. Clinic employees claim that the pain from the flash resembles a snap from a rubber band; they must be referring to one hell of a rubber band because normally, I can tolerate pain, but what I experienced at these clinics was unbearable. I must say that I have a very dense beard, so that probably doesn’t help. The energy travels through the hair and into the skin, so my beard provided a strong pathway for that energy. In general, the process is expensive, painful, slow and certainly not permanent. Just Google the words “IPL” or “laser” together with “beard removal,” and you will find people who have wasted several thousands of dollars on beard removal attempts, just like me. Some men end up with a patchy beard that they have to live with for the rest of their lives. There is no going back if the procedure fails! Another thing that the hair removal industry doesn’t tell you is how lasers and IPLs, in some cases, actually stimulate hair growth.
I also tried electrolysis, where a needle is inserted next to the hair to electrocute the hair follicle, but I also gave up on this treatment very quickly. Unless you are rich, enjoy pain and have all of the time in the world, then this procedure is not a viable treatment option. Beard removal might work for you—I won’t warn people about it, but I think you should think it through very carefully and research your options thoroughly before making such decision. There may be lasers or techniques available that are effective, but it is very difficult to distinguish between what works and what does not. Of course, you should also remember that the procedure will be a significant financial investment. Dark or tanned skin often causes complications and usually cannot be treated with lasers or IPL, as is the case for individuals with white, blond, red or gray hair. One good thing is that you don’t have to think about hair removal once your problem is gone.
With no more options or hope in sight, I decided folliculitis was the number one priority in my life, and I would formulate a solution to resolve this issue and to reclaim my old life.
Trial and error and a little more…
Since this problem was new to me, I had to expand my collection of chemistry literature. I also bought several textbooks about phytochemistry because I wanted to develop a treatment that was as natural as possible. I read hundreds of scientific articles and searched the same databases that I used at work. This didn’t provide a solution, but it gave me some clues as to which direction I should pursue. I spent hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on herbs, supplements, rare extracts and chemicals for internal and external use, all of which shared the trait that they could improve the immune system’s function and stop inflammation. In reality, however, these items were not always effective. What is described in literature or works in theory—in a test tube in a lab—may not actually be efficacious for your skin and body.
Some items were difficult to access, but you don’t have to worry because the most important remedies that worked best and those that I mention in my treatment program are not rare at all, nor expensive.
Weeks turned into month, and month, into years. Each resource had to be tested for at least a week before moving on to the next supplement or ingredient. Luckily, you don’t have to do that because this system is based on the successful results of such trials, so you will save a lot of time and money. I found a couple of very different methods that would suppress the symptoms, but I wasn’t satisfied with being cured by just 80 to 90%. I wanted my old face back—smooth skin without a single bump—and the ability to shave easily without discomfort, not to mention blood running down my neck.
Positive side effects
Initially, I believed I had found an effective ingredient, but in fact, what I had created was a counter-irritant that removed the visible inflammation but induced inflammation in other skin layers. This is a bad trade-off that does not work long term, and it did in fact cause a slight allergic reaction and some dermatitis because the solution I used was too strong. As soon as I stopped using the remedy, the side effects stopped, but the original folliculitis problems returned! However, it is a harmless remedy when used in much lower concentration, and it actually retards hair growth and eases the pain in the treated area. This remedy is mentioned in the “Folliculitis: A New Approach” program, but the program is not based on it, and you do not have to use it if you do not wish to do so.
This ingredient inspired me to find other methods that could retard hair growth, and I succeeded. Some hair inhibitors (hair-retarding products) actually contain some of these ingredients. You may not need to retard your hair growth in order to be cured of folliculitis—it is optional—but skipping shaving for a day or two and delaying that five o’clock shadow are nice benefits. Shaving also becomes easier because the hairs grow out softer—one clear piece of evidence that what I recommend works is that previously coarse hairs, which could not enter the small holes in the foil of an electric foil shaver, become thin enough to go through.
Although the mentioned ingredient that acted as a counter-irritant didn’t cure me, it gave me hope to find something that would. I am accustomed to starting from scratch completely when something fails because I work in research, so each failure just made me even more determined. Simply knowing that something I had already found positively affected this condition made me realize that it was possible to find an effective treatment.
Addressing recurrent folliculitis internally is the key
Researching topical ingredients that supposedly impact the immune system inspired me to find something that—instead of easing the problem locally from the outside—worked comprehensively from the inside. Skin is a barrier, so only using topicals to treat this condition can be insufficient. Addressing recurrent folliculitis internally is the most optimal treatment, and that method of thought was a break-through. It is essential to understand that with recurrent/non-infectious folliculitis, some reaction within the body is out of control and must be corrected.
I am greatly relieved that I found a solution that works, not just for me, but for others as well. I was becoming rather paranoid after suffering for years from this hideous condition and I began to suspect all kinds of things that could explain why I had developed folliculitis. For example, I thought perhaps my body was reacting poorly to my laundry detergent, so I tried to use a hypoallergenic detergent. I also avoided all unnatural chemicals in cleaning products, aftershave products, creams, etc. I even avoided certain food groups, like dairy, gluten, egg, and so on, in order to rule out food allergies. None of these efforts worked because the folliculitis was caused by another reaction that required a very special solution, which I eventually found.
100% clear skin the easy way
After ensuring that my solution worked consistently and for the long-term and that it could be applied successfully to other patients with folliculitis, I decided I should disseminate this information to others suffering from this neglected medical problem. Folliculitis is a painful and disruptive condition that affects people physically and psychologically, just like severe acne, psoriasis or any other disfiguring skin condition—only we can fully understand its full impact. Untreated, folliculitis may scar your skin for life. Scars can fade over time, but they never disappear completely, especially if left untreated, and that is also why it is so important that you take action as soon as possible. The “Folliculitis: A New Approach” program stops the cause of recurrent/non-infectious folliculitis (including pseudofolliculitis), removes the symptoms, speeds up scar healing, and reduces irregular skin pigmentation and unwanted hair growth. Read the manual today, begin following my steps, and you should start to see improvements in your symptoms immediately. You can start right now.
This is basically how I came up with this system and how Folliculitis Clinic came to be—and that was the short version!