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I've always had ingrown hairs, sores, and boils—anything red and painful was sure to affect my skin. I was always self-conscious and in pain. Sometimes I had to be careful about how I sat or placed my legs. I would get these infections only in the most inconvenient places: in my leg creases, on the back of my thighs, even in my armpits!
After a few years of doing research and experimenting on myself to figure out what was going on and to hopefully eliminate the pain, embarrassment, and scarring, I found a combination of things that keep my skin clear!
I started with about 100 different ideas, products, and remedies that I wanted to try. Then, I finally found a mixture that was perfect for me. I also had a few friends who have the same problems and MRSA, so I shared my advice. These steps have helped everyone—and I do mean everyone I know who has tried them and stuck with them. I hope they will help you too!
How to Treat Boils and Ingrown Hairs at Home
You will need:
- a large bag of Epsom salts
- antibacterial liquid body soap (such as Dial or an off-brand version)
- turmeric supplements in capsule form
- tea tree essential oil
- Neosporin (not an off-brand triple antibiotic ointment)
- baby wipes (a large off-brand container is about $2 and lasts me a month)
- Place all these items in a basket or box in your bathroom.
- Use the antibacterial body wash every day to reduce bacteria on your skin. If you are a carrier of MRSA, this can stop your flare-ups from occurring as often. You can mix the soap with another kind of body wash if you prefer, but I love the smell as is.
- When you start to flare up, make a very hot bath with the Epsom salts and Dial soap. Soak as long as the water remains hot, then air dry completely.
- Using a paper towel or baby wipe, apply tea tree oil (diluted with equal parts water) to your affected areas and air dry.
- While you are drying, take one of the turmeric capsules by mouth. They are not recommended for everyday use, nor are they recommended for everyone. Speak to your doctor first, and if it's safe for you to take them, only do so during flare-ups, so they remain effective.
- Before putting on clothes, apply Neosporin to the affected areas to eliminate all the bacteria and reduce pain and swelling.
It normally takes 2 to 3 days for everything to disappear completely. But, with each passing week you will flare up less and less often, and when you do, it will take much less time to heal.
A Tip to Reduce Scarring:
Crack open a vitamin E capsule and rub the gel on your scars after your shower every day. This also works on stretch marks, moles, and freckles. The trick is to do this consistently—you will see results!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
S Persad on July 03, 2017:
Do not use a razor to shave as it constantly damages your skin by gliding over and over.
But thanks for this tip !!
Jenny on January 18, 2016:
Can you use polysporin in place of neosporin?
Ahollidays on December 21, 2015:
Thank you so much I've had this problem for years and never thought there was any hope until now. .I will definitely try it all
Jennifer McLeod from Detroit, Michigan on December 30, 2011:
Useful information! Another suggestion? Clean your razor blade with rubbing alcohol every time you shave. Voted up and shared!