Thursday, August 28, 2014

Itchy Bumps from Shaving

foliculitis
We all have staphylococcus and other bacteria normally living on our skin causing no trouble at all. But sometimes that bacteria does cause a problem. The hair follicles can become inflamed and infected causing small pimples that can hurt or itch. It is called folliculitis. It can happen anywhere there is hair but is especially common on the legs for women and on the faces of men who have curly beards.

Folliculitis can occur from friction from clothing, an injury to the skin, ingrown hairs that are easily cut during shaving, dirty exfoliating tools such as loofahs or from shaving with an old dirty razor. 

A small break in the skin allows bacteria to enter in and causes an infection. Most folliculitis outbreaks clear on their own in a few days once you stop whatever caused the breakout. 

Clean or toss your exfoliating tools. Be sure to use a clean razor blade for shaving after skin has healed. You could also try waxing to avoid the razor blade all together.

Here are some remedies to help speed up the healing process.

Anti bacterial Soap
Wash with an anti-bacterial soap.

Vinegar
Apply a warm compress of half white vinegar and half water twice a day.

Antibiotic Ointment
Apply an antibiotic ointment to the rashy area.

Clean Wash Cloths
Always use a fresh clean towel and wash cloth.

No Shaving
Take a break from shaving the irritated skin.

See your doctor if the infection does not clear in a few days or gets worse. 

 Have a Beautiful Day!
xo
Jill
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