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Folliculitis, Psuedofolliculitis Barbae, Pseudofolliculitis, Folliculitis Barbae, Hot Tub Folliculitis are all irritations that stem from the follicle. While these conditions are irritating and unsightly, they are also very common.
Common areas affected
- Bikini Lines
- Backs and chests
- Face (specifically beard area)
- Back of legs
What It looks like
- Red, inflamed, itchy bumps
- Clusters of red itchy bumps
- Clusters of whiteheads
- Pustules that are sore and yellow in appearance
- Irritation from shaving, waxing, tweezing, or sugaring
- Excessive workouts such as spinning, running, hot yoga, etc.
- Tight-fitting clothing and rough fabric
- Picking your skin – we are covered in bacteria, and it also thrives under your nails.
- Hot Tubs -certain bacterias can thrive in hot water.
- “Folliculitis” is bacterial and can be transmitted from close bodily contact or contaminated items from somebody who has this infection.
- Unclean areas at a gym or spa – never sit down naked on anything at a gym!
- Partner have a rough and stubbly beard? Bacteria live in those hairs. Friction from stubble on any of your delicate bits can irritate skin that has been shaved or waxed.
How To Prevent
- Always use a brand new blade when shaving. Shave only in the direction that hair grows. Use a pre-shave treatment that won’t irritate your follicles. Also, use a post- shave treatment. Maybe invest in an electric razor and NEVER share personal care products with others.
- Prep skin with antibacterial soap or wipe before shaving or waxing and then moisturize.
- Always shower after you have done anything that involves friction or sweat.
- Use lotions that won’t clog your pores.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes and choose activewear that keeps sweat away from your skin.
- Keep skin exfoliated. We created our custom exfoliating pads, “Buzz Off Bumps” to keep bacteria away from the skin and ensure follicles are deep cleaned after every swipe!
How To Treat (always talk to your dermatologist if you are experiencing any of the above)
- Soothing anti-itch creams that contain oatmeal
- 1% hydrocortisone (not to be used regularly)
- A gentle and soothing cleanser that doesn’t contain fragrances
- For whiteheads – antibiotic creams
- Cool and pure aloe vera gel
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