Ingrown Hair & Folliculitis

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Ingrown hair(s) is when the hair grows crooked, curling back under before it has a chance to exit the skin. This is or what we refer to as an Ingrown Hair.

An infected ingrown hair is the result of a grown-out hair. It has curled back into &/or under the skin surface, becoming infected. This refers to Folliculitis.

Now, we will elaborate further in these areas . . .

Ingrown Hairs:

Hairs that have curled around, growing back into the skin, rather than going up. Dead skin can cause the hair follicle to clog up, forcing the hair inside or under the skin itself. It can also grow sideways, rather than upwards and outwards. Cutting hair too close can result in the sharp end of the hair pierce the skin, causing an ingrown hair.

Prevention:

Exfoliate to provoke any stubborn ingrown hairs
Shaving in the same direction as your hair growth
*  Try other hair removal methods that are less likely to produce in grown hairs
*  Using depilatory creams, electrolysis or laser which remove the hair follicle from its root

Related: Folliculitis and Skin Skin Abscesses

Folliculitis:

Often clears on its own without requiring further intervention. Good skin hygiene and proper shaving and/or waxing techniques can help help to ease this problem.

The little red bumps can at times, be tender to touch, found on the face, chest, back, buttocks or legs. It can also appear as a red rash, may be itchy and tender to touch, white or even yellow with parts filled with pus. It’s an inflammation that affects one or several hair follicles.

Benzoyl Peroxide such as Clearasil and/or an oral antibiotic such as Keflex can be also used. Medical Intervention using topical treatments and antibacterial washes together may provide optimal results.

Related: Everything you need to know about Folliculitis

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