Today we're going to talk about common skin irritation issues that can come with having curly hair. Two of the main issues we have are ingrown hairs and..... FOLLICULITIS. Have you heard of it? Well, I didn't until my esthetician brought it up to me recently. If you're like me you are wondering what it is. I got you just keep reading.
What is folliculitis?
Folliculitis is a common skin condition where the hair follicle becomes inflamed it can be itchy, sore, and sometimes embarrassing. The inflammation is usually caused by a bacterial or fungal infection.
How do you get folliculitis?
Some of the causes are:
- Bacteria- our skin has bacteria on it that can get into our follicle through cut or wound. This type is called bacterial folliculitis.
- Hot tubs- not all hot tubs, this comes from bacteria found in hot tubs and heated pools where the chlorine and pH balance us but well regulated. This type is called pseudomonas folliculitis.
- Razor Bumps- These are caused by ingrown hair. This type is called pseudofolliculitis barbae.
- Yeast infection- Yeast is a fungus normally found on your skin. (it is also found in your digestive system and can be in a woman's vagina) But, the yeast infection found on your skin can produce chronic red, itchy, pustules on the upper trunk of the body (back, chest, shoulders, neck, upper arms, and face). This kind is called pityrosporum folliculitis.
*Forms of deep folliculitis include:
- Sycosis barbae. This type affects males who have begun to shave.
- Gram-negative folliculitis. This type sometimes develops if you're receiving long-term antibiotic therapy for acne.
- Boils (furuncles) and carbuncles. These occur when hair follicles become deeply infected with staph bacteria. A boil usually appears suddenly as a painful pink or red bump. A carbuncle is a cluster of boils.
- Eosinophilic (e-o-sin-o-FILL-ik) folliculitis. This type mainly affects people with HIV/AIDS. Signs and symptoms include intense itching and recurring patches of bumps and pimples that form near hair follicles of the face and upper body. Once healed, the affected skin may be darker than your skin was previously (hyperpigmented). The cause of eosinophilic folliculitis isn't known.
How do you prevent folliculitis?
- Avoid tight clothing
- Avoid shaving if possible
- Washing your skin with warm water and antibacterial soap before shaving or waxing.
- Exfoliate before you shave or wax Good Cookie is a great exfoliate.
- Applying moisturizing lotion after you shave or wax Juicy Coochie is an excellent moisturizer.
- Avoiding the sharing of razors, towels and washcloths
- Use only clean hot tubs and heated pools
- Talk with your doctor if you have a severe case of folliculitis.
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