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Treating Chronic Scalp Folliculitis with Chemical Peel

While generally not considered a serious medical condition, scalp folliculitis can still be quite uncomfortable and annoying for those who experience it.

Scalp folliculitis is a condition where hair follicles on the scalp become inflamed and may result in small, red, pus-filled bumps or pustules. In some cases, the condition can cause itching, tenderness, and even hair loss in severe cases.

While scalp folliculitis is not generally considered a serious condition, it can still have an impact on a person’s quality of life, particularly if it becomes chronic or leads to scarring or permanent hair loss. Additionally, if the condition is caused by an underlying medical condition, such as a bacterial or fungal infection, it may require medical treatment to resolve.

Causes of scalp folliculitis

The causes of scalp folliculitis are not well understood. However, we know that is an inflammatory response to micro-organisms in the hair follicles. Some leading causes are: 

Although early onset of scalp folliculitis may not be due to a bacterial or fungal infection, secondary infection can develop if left untreated for a prolonged period. When too much bacteria or virus grow on the skin, it may enter an open wound, causing hair follicles to develop moderate to severe inflammation that look similar to an acne breakout. If left untreated, these bumps may grow larger and spread to hair follicles in the center and back of the head. In addition, scalp buildup can also cause folliculitis as the dead skin, sebum, sweat and hair products clog your hair follicles. The weakening of hair follicles caused by some habits can also perpetuate the condition. Some examples are: 

Symptoms of scalp folliculitis

Some common signs and symptoms of scalp folliculitis are: 

When to see a doctor

If you notice that the condition is widespread and the symptoms don’t resolve after a few days, you should make an appointment to see a doctor.

How to treat scalp folliculitis

Other than prescribing antibiotics or antifungal medication to control the inflammation, we designed a facial for the scalp to provide a deep cleansing treatment to remove impurities, germs, dirt and residual hair products that can irritate your scalp and clog the hair follicles.

Ultrasonic cleansing is used to provide deep cleansing to the skin by loosening oil, sebum and comedones that are lodged deep within the follicles. Unlike manual extraction, Ultrasonic cleansing is comfortable and gentle on the skin so that it doesn’t leave any scar or permanent damage to the scalp.

When all the clogs have been removed, a mild salicylic acid peel is used to exfoliate the surface layers of the scalp. Belonging to a family of beta hydroxy acid (BHA), salicylic acid is highly effective for oily and acne-prone skin to loosen dirt from the pores. You may feel a bit of a stinging and biting sensation when the chemical peel is applied, but rest assured that this is perfectly normal.

Once the chemical peel is applied, the therapist will then apply a layer of Radium Self Defence Scalp Serum. It contains Baicapal and botanical active ingredients that help to reduce hair loss and stimulate growth and increase hair density at the same time.

How many sessions do I need?

Depending on the severity of the condition, this treatment should be done at least once a month until the inflammation has resolved completely.

Is there any downtime?

During the treatment, you may feel some stinging sensation when the chemical peel is applied on the affected areas. However, it should resolve very quickly. You should be able to resume your daily activities after the treatment.


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    Reduce and control scalp folliculitis
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    Reduce sebum production on the scalp
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    Effective substitute for oral medication
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    Achieve stronger, healthier hair growth
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    Convenient treatment with minimal downtime

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Men and women who suffer from scalp folliculitis caused by overactive sebum production or lack of proper scalp care

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