Razor Bumps on the Back of the Neck
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: T. Thomas
Posted on: May 5, 2001

My friend has inflamation on the back of his head where it looks as if it razor bumps. Hair does not grow there but it grows around the surrounding area. Is there a compress, oil or orally taken herb(s) that could be used to extract the infection and smooth the skin back to it’s original state? He is slightly overweight and this may be some kind of fatty tissue build up, please send me herbs that could help in either case.

This may be folliculitis, an inflammation of the hair follicles. The following herbs are particularly helpful in folliculitis. They may be used in tea or tincture form: Burdock (Artium lappa) is used for its action of releasing toxins by supporting the liver. Toxins are release through the skin, so only a small amount of Burdock should be used, especially at first. Dandelion root can be added for its liver supportive properties and as an aid to bowel elimination of toxins. Sarsaparilla (Smilax officinalis) is often included for this condition for its roles as an anti-inflammatory and blood tonic.

For more information on folliculitis, including dietary recommendations, go to our website at http://www.richters.com, choose "Q&A" from the main menu, then choose "Search Richters Q&A", and enter the word "folliculitis" for the search.

Calendula can be used internally and externally for inflamed skin. Calendula cream is often used a skin restorative and anti-inflammatory.

Echinacea can be used internally to support the immune system to deal with infection in the case of inflamed skin.

Ginger is used when circulation is poor, experienced by cold hands and feet. Ginger helps to bring the nourishing blood to the skin.

If there are nervous problems or stress, Nettles may be added to the tea or tincture.

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