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Folliculitis: Red itchy bumps from shaving

pimply rash
Have you ever had these red itchy bumps on your legs. They look like little pimples. It could be folliculitis. 

What is Folliculitis?

It's an infection in the hair follicles.

Bacteria is the most common cause of folliculitis. We all have staphylococcus and other bacteria normally living on our skin causing no trouble at all. But, sometimes the hair follicles become infected causing small pimples that can hurt or itch.  

An infection can occur from friction from clothing, an injury to the skin or from shaving, especially with a dirty razor.

Most folliculitis outbreaks are minor and clear on their own in a few days.

See your doctor if the infection is severe, does not clear or gets worse.

Here are some remedies you can try to help it heal.

Folliculitis Remedies

Anti-bacterial soap
Wash with an anti-bacterial soap twice a day to kill the bacteria.

Apply a warm compress of 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 water twice a day. Vinegar will calm the inflammation and kill bacteria too.

Apply an antibiotic ointment twice a day to kill the bacteria.

Tea Tree Oil
Apply a few drops of tea tree oil after your shower. It has amazing anti bacterial and anti fungal properties.

Clean Towels
Always use a new clean towel and wash cloth. There can bacteria growing in used damp towels and washcloths.

Clean Razors
Always use a clean razor blade when shaving. There can be bacteria lurking in a dirty razor that can spread all over the area you are shaving. it can be especially bad when you nick yourself. 

Stop Shaving
You can avoid shaving altogether until the irritated skin heals.

Try Waxing
Try waxing instead of shaving. Waxing removes the hair from the root. The skin stays smooth for 3-5 weeks depending on the area that was waxed. The skin can't be waxed when there is folliculitis, though.

See me at Styling Point in Media, PA for waxing services!!! 610 566 1070.

If these remedies don't help your follicutitis heal, the infection may be due to a fungus. See you doctor for an anti fungal treatment. You will have healthy beautiful skin again in no time!

Stay Healthy and Beautiful!

Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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