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Natural remedy for blocked hair follicles

Updated February 21, 2017

Blocked hair follicles are related to nutrition deficiencies, skin hygiene, hormones and other factors. The results of a blocked hair follicle include reduced hair growth, acne and possible infections. GPs can prescribe medicines that treat some or all of these problems, but drugs are not the only answer. Consider natural ways to unclog blocked hair follicles.

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Royal jelly

Biotin, also known as Vitamin B7, plays an important role in the growth of hair and hair health. This nutrient metabolises fats and amino acids and promotes cell growth and the production of fatty acids. Without the nutrition biotin provides, hair follicles may not receive the nutrients needed to grow healthy hair. One natural source of biotin is royal jelly. This substance is a secretion from honeybees used to feed the larvae in the colony. In addition to promoting hair growth, royal jelly supplements are thought to have anti-inflammatory and antibiotic effects. You can find these supplements in most health food shops and supermarkets.

Saw palmetto and nettle

Saw palmetto is a fruit extract used in a variety of alternative medicine remedies and has become popular for treating enlarged prostate problems. It is a common supplement found at most health food and chemist shops. Saw palmetto can be combined with the herb nettle to form an effective hair follicle blockage remedy. In many cases, the cause of blocked hair follicles is an over abundance of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Saw palmetto is known to reduce the amount of DHT in the body as well as block receptors that cause us to absorb it. Adding nettle helps clean up excess DHT circulating through the system and therefore makes the remedy more effective than saw palmetto alone.


Blocked hair follicles are not always related to hair loss on the scalp. Hair follicles exist all over the body and any of them can become blocked by accumulations of oils or sebum (a waxy substance secreted by the sebaceous glands). When a follicle becomes blocked the oil and sebum form an acne-like white spot visible at the surface of the skin that is commonly referred to as a whitehead. Do not remove whiteheads by squeezing or scraping them as this could damage the skin and cause an infection. Instead, use warm water and an antibacterial soap to clean the skin. Splashing witch hazel extract on the area will work as an antiseptic to kill any existing bacteria and prevent infection.


Drink plenty of water and fruit juice if follicle blockage becomes a recurring problem. Prevent the build-up of sebum in the hair follicles by regularly flushing toxins from your system. Drink at least eight glasses of water each day and try adding lemon juice to the water as this improves its diuretic qualities.

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About the Author

Lee Morgan is a fiction writer and journalist. His writing has appeared for more than 15 years in many news publications including the "Tennesseean," the "Tampa Tribune," "West Hawaii Today," the "Honolulu Star Bulletin" and the "Dickson Herald," where he was sports editor. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Middle Tennessee State University.

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