The human body consists of millions of hair follicles from which hair grow. Imagine these follicles to be like tiny sacs. Often times these hair follicles become inflamed due to infection and the sacs get filled with pus. This blockage of the sacs leads to swelling, fever (sometimes) and red bumps.
There are several reasons due to which this infection occurs.
- Friction caused by ill-fitting clothes
- Friction caused by shaving
- Reaction to certain ointments or make up
- Keeping make up on for too long especially during the night.
- Heated pools and saunas can promote growth of bacteria leading to folliculitis
- Shaved hair growing inwards
- Waxing and plucking hair
- Using dirty blades or razors for shaving
Folliculitis is generally a result of a bacteria known as the staph bacteria. Our skin under healthy conditions is home to the staph bacteria and typically under good conditions, this bacteria causes no harm. However, when the staph bacteria finds its way under the skin through cuts or wounds, it can infect the follicles underneath. This causes inflammation that can be very itchy and embarrassing and sometimes painful as well.
As is the case with most skin infections, there are several traditional treatment options.
There are some basic things that are recommended to do.
- Keep the affected area clean. Use salt water to gently clean the inflamed follicles along with anti-bacterial soap.
- Cleaning the inflamed hair follicles with diluted white vinegar will help clear bacterial build-up.
- Hydrocortisone cream can be applied to the area to control itching.
In addition to these standard options, there is one other natural substance that is kicking up quite a storm in the dermatology circles. The name of this magical substance is curcumin, a natural phytochemical found in turmeric. Curcumin is loaded with medicinal properties that make it perfect for treating conditions like folliculitis.
Some Properties of Curcumin that are good for Folliculitis are:
- The most important characteristic of curcumin is its anti-bacterial nature. Curcumin is known to penetrate the membrane of the bacterial cells and cause great damage leading to a clear up of the bacterial accumulation.
- Curcumin also has very strong anti-inflammatory properties. This helps in soothing the inflammation caused by the bacterial aggregation in folliculitis. In addition to clearing an existing infection, curcumin also forms a great protective shield that prevents repetitive infection.
- Curcumin has great antioxidant characteristics that help in balancing out the excess of pro-oxidants in the body. When the amount of pro-oxidants increases in the body, this leads to oxidative stress that makes the healing process slower. Damage caused by folliculitis does not get mitigated as quickly as it should due to an increase in reactive oxygen species in the body. Curcumin’s antioxidant property helps in bringing down the oxidative stress and improves the skin’s ability to regenerate faster. It also de-stresses the skin making it texturally much better than before.
- Folliculitis can cause scarring especially if the itching caused by folliculitis is too severe. Curcumin can help in gently clear out the pores and soothe the affected skin. It also helps in regenerating collagen which is an essential protein that helps in keeping the dermatologic skin taut and supple.
There are many ways in which curcumin can be used to treat folliculitis. It can be mixed with a number of natural substances to enhance its effectiveness in treating folliculitis.
Combinations of Curcumin to treat Folliculitis is Given Below:
- Curcumin with baking powder forms a potent combination. The combined disinfectant nature of these two substances help in decimating the bacteria growing within the hair follicles. Additionally the anti-inflammatory nature of curcumin helps in toning down the itching, redness and the swelling.
- Curcumin can be mixed with apple cider vinegar to form a great antibacterial that can route out the most stubborn bacterial infection. Curcumin attenuates the inflammation and brings back the suppleness of the skin.
- Curcumin mixed with aloe vera gel will help a severe infection in which the skin is heavily irritated. Aloe vera soothes the skin and tone down the inflammation.
Needless to say, it is important to choose a curcumin-based product that is made using very high-quality curcumin simply because your skin is a delicate organ and can get agitated very quickly when subjected to adulterated, chemical-laced products. Dermaturm is a great supplement produced by Bagdara Farms that consists of curcumin grown locally. Bagdara has a stretch of farmland that sits right in between the lush greenery of the Bandhavgarh forests in Madhya Pradesh.
The folks at Bagdara Farms are very particular about using strictly organic methods to grow curcumin. It is due to this diligence that the curcumin grown here is pure, healthy and free from undesired chemicals that can cause much more damage than already caused by folliculitis. Ordering Dermaturm is easy. It can be ordered online and without paying any additional delivery fee it can be received right at your doorstep without any hassle.