QUOTE(kc_meow @ Oct 7 2007, 02:12 PM)
QUOTE(tabasco @ Oct 6 2007, 10:25 PM)
So I'm pretty sure I have either bacterial or fungal folliculitis. Since I've read that some people have acne in addition to folliculitis, what would be the treatment for them? I'm thinking I may continue washing my back with salicylic acid, but add the ZNP bar into the mix. If then that didnt work could I add benzoyl peroxide cream applied after? Or is that just overkill?
Dont throw all that into the mix yet...
it depends on what kind of folliculitis you have, you should really find out if its fungal or bacterial or both. then you can treat it accordingly.
ZNP is only good for fungal... but the bp wash should be fine for either. try tea tree oil cleanser and see what happens. thats another good one for either bacterial or fungal.
by the way, do the people posting on here that have pityrosporum folliculitis all live in humid places?
From what I have read and what my doctor told me, BP is not good for folliculitis caused by fungal infections - that it can, in fact, make it worse since killing off all the surface bacteria is part of what causes the fungal overgrowth. I don't think that BP has anti-fungal properties from everything that I have read on it? BP would be good for bacterial induced folliculitis or for acne breakouts on the body.
Tea tree may be a good option - its both antifungal and antibacterial. I have also heard that mandelic acid may work, as it has both antifungal and antibacterial properties. Vivant also makes a mandelic wash that is targeted at yeast and bacterial infections. It is marketed as either a shampoo or body wash.
I do live in a humid area- but its cool and humid here (San Francisco), not hot/humid.