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What Does Scalp Folliculitis Look Like?

scalp folliculitis

Folliculitis can appear anywhere on the body that there are hair follicles, so it can look different depending on whether it's on the scalp, the chin, the back, upper arms, chest or elsewhere!

It can appear as shaving rash, acne around the hairline, spots at the back of the neck, bumpy areas on the chin, rashes on the genital area, or scabs on the scalp.

When it appears on the scalp, its symptoms include:

  • small red pimples
  • pustules/pus-filled sores or spots
  • inflamed, red or hot rashes
  • swelling and pain
  • itching, burning sensations
  • crusty sores


For information about what you can do if you’re prone to scalp folliculitis, see our article How To Get Rid Of Scalp Folliculitis

Recommended products:

Balmonds Scalp Oil: awarded the prestigious GOLD award for best haircare treat by Green Parent Magazine, our 100% natural Scalp Oil is just brilliant at cleansing and nourishing troubled skin. You can use it anywhere on the body but it's particularly helpful on the scalp. Contains purifying tea tree, stimulating rosemary and nutritious borage seed which is super-rich in EFAs to repair and regenerate damaged skin.

Balmonds Cooling Cream: a soothing moisturising lotion designed to cool down hot or flushed skin. It’s formulated with deliciously cool menthol, soothing aloe vera juice and calming lavender essential oil to reduce redness and heat, and can be a useful light moisturising lotion for shaved scalps, necks or chins affected by folliculitis.

Balmonds Natural Shampoo & Body Wash: a natural 2-in-1 hair and body wash formulated with herbal extracts for itchy, flaky scalps, or those with sensitive, eczema- or allergy-prone skin.

Free from SLS, petrochemicals, fragrance or parabens, this gentle cleanser is suitable for vegans and made with 100% biodegradable raw materials.

Balmonds Scalp Oil

Important Note

If you require medical advice we recommend you always contact your healthcare professional.

If you or someone you are caring for seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call for emergency services straight away. For general medical advice, please contact your healthcare professional, this article does not contain or replace medical advice.

Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.

Posted on: Jan 26, 2020

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