What Is Folliculitis & How Do I Treat It?

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What Is Folliculitis?

Folliculitis is an uncomfortable and irritating skin condition which arises from either infection or blockage of the hair follicles. Usually a condition which is suffered by males, it is caused by a variety of factors and appears in different guises.

Types Of Folliculitis

The most common types include that which is caused by infection of the bacteria Staphylococcus Aureus and that which is caused by many ingrown hairs. The appearance of both kinds of Folliculitis is very similar with red inflamed pimples appearing on the area of each hair follicle, sometimes with a yellow head present.

Staphylococcus infection is often transmitted from the sufferer’s own nose where this bacteria is usually present; generally the bacteria is completely harmless until it colonises areas it’s not meant to be…i.e. the hair follicles! The other kind of Folliculitis is caused by in-growing hairs which become twisted within the follicle and cause a nasty pimple; this is usually found in men with curly hair. The friction caused by shaving can damage the follicle and that’s when Folliculitis occurs.

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Public Baths & Hot Tubs Can Increase Risk

The risk factors for Folliculitis don’t only include shaving though…if you spend a lot of time in public baths or hot tubs then you’re at increased risk as bacteria thrives in warm, wet places and this is a common way for people to pick up the bacterial strain of Folliculitis.

It can occur on many parts of the body, including the face and is very unpleasant as not only does it look unattractive, it is irritating as well as painful.

Prevent Folliculitis

Folliculitis can be prevented by scrupulous bathing and by exfoliation and regular shaving breaks. For some men however, they find that recurrent infection is so regular that the best course of action is to have the hair in the problem area permanently removed with such treatments as laser hair removal. Laser hair removal will destroy the problem hair follicle safely without damaging any surround skin tissue as well as being able to diminish the apperance of any scarring that may have resulted from folliculitis. In addition to helping treat folliculitis it will also reduce your chances of developing the skin problem in the future.

 

 

 

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