Sealed hair follicles, a condition often called folliculitis, can be ugly, itchy, and painful. It usually occurs after hair removal on the face, groin, legs and armpits, often because a bacterial or fungal infection, chemical irritation or mechanical damage causes the hair follicles. If you experience this condition, allow your skin plenty of time to heal. Use warm compresses and washes to help the condition clean up. Then take steps to prevent the problem from recurring.
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[ Edit ] Treatment of blocked follicles
- Stop your hair removal procedure for 30 days. Blocked or inflamed hair follicles are usually due to hair removal and can affect any areas you shave, wax or cut. If you continue your hair removal regimen while the follicles are inflamed, your skin will take much longer to heal. Allow 30 days before restarting your treatment to give the skin enough healing time. 
- If your work requires you to be shaved, contact your dermatologist immediately for suggestions on how to remove hair without worsening your condition.
- Apply a warm compress to the affected area 3 to 4 times a day. A warm compress opens your pores and helps to release hair follicles with blockages. Apply one for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Repeat this treatment 3 or 4 times each day to keep your pores open and allow blockages to train themselves. 
- There are many store-bought options for a warm compress, or you can make your own at home.
- A wash cloth soaked in warm water will also work, although it may not stay warm for long.
- Do not keep a hot compress applied for more than 20 minutes to prevent burning of skin.
- Wash your hair with an apple cider vinegar mixture. Folliculitis can also affect your scalp. If the blocked hair follicles are in the scalp, several washing procedures can help clear the blockages. Of course, apple cider vinegar can remove lumps and residues of dead skin or oil, which helps to remove follicles. 
- Mix 1 part water with 1 part apple cider vinegar. For example, if you use a cup (.24 l) of water, use the same amount of apple cider vinegar.
- Pour mixture onto hair after shampooing. Rinse all shampoo before applying vinegar.
- Massage the mixture into the scalp and let it sit for a few minutes. Then rinse it completely with water.
- Do not use conditioner.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing until the inflammation has cleared. Folliculitis is often caused by tight, heavy clothing or skin that rubs together, especially if you have overweight body weight. This is common in armpits, groin and upper thigh areas, and it usually occurs in warm, humid weather. If you experience inflammation, avoid hard clothing while your skin heals. Otherwise, the friction from clothing will continue to bleach your skin and it will take longer to heal. 
- Apply a current antibiotic to the area 3 times a day for 7-10 days. Drop a current antibiotic in the area affected by folliculitis three times daily to help treat the infection. Continue to apply the antibiotic for 7-10 days to help your skin heal. 
- For example, use Mupirocin (Bactroban) current cream to treat your folliculitis. You can find antibiotic creams off the bench in your local drug store or online.
- If you do not see improvement after a few days of treatment, visit your doctor to find out if you need further treatment.
- Consult a dermatologist if the problem is not cleared up in a few days. Home remedies do not always work for inflamed hair follicles. If you have been treating the condition on your own for a few days and do not see any improvement, make an appointment with your dermatologist for professional advice. 
- Your dermatologist may try different treatments for you, depending on what causes your inflamed hair follicles. For example, if it is a bacterial infection, they may prescribe an oral antibiotic or antibiotic cream.
- If you have developed cysts or abscesses from the infection, your dermatologist will probably lose them to you.
- Also ask your dermatologist what steps you can take to prevent the problem from coming back.
[ Edit ] Preventing Folliculitis
- Maintain good hygiene to keep your skin clean. Bath daily with soap and warm water to remove bacteria and fungi from the skin before they can cause folliculitis. Also bathe after you become really sweaty or dirty. To protect your skin, apply a thin layer of moisturizer when bathed. 
- Use a mild soap to remove dirt, oils, bacteria and fungi.
- Boost your immune system. Because bacterial or fungal infections usually cause folliculitis, boosting your immune system can help prevent the problem. This ensures that your body can fight off any infections before they occur. 
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Fatigue can suppress your immunity.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet.
- Avoid processed and sugary foods.
- Use only well-maintained pools or hot tubs. . People often pick up the bacteria that cause hair follicle infections from unhealthy pools or hot tubs. If you suspect a pool or hot tub is not clean, play it safe and avoid bathing. 
- If you own a pool or hot tub, keep it chlorinated to prevent bacterial growth.
- The water should not be cloudy. Make sure you can see clearly to the bottom of the pool before bathing. 
- If bathtub foam still floats on the water surface after the jets are turned off, it is an indication that water is not well filtered.
- Take a shower immediately after swimming if you suspect the water was unsanitary.
- Wash your bathing suit after each use. The bacteria that cause inflammation in the hair follicle can live on your bathing suit after you come out of the water. This means you can infect yourself if you do not wash it. Wash your bathing suit after each use to prevent infections. 
- Shave well. Incorrect shaving can cause ingrown hairs and infections. If you are prone to hair follicle inflammation, follow a few steps while shaving. 
- Wet the skin with warm water before shaving to soften the hair.
- Shave in the direction that your hair is growing.
- Store your razor in a dry area to prevent bacteria from growing on it.
- Use only one sharp razor to prevent cutting and tearing.
- Wear loose fitting clothing when it is hot and humid. Sweat and friction from clothing that rubs on the skin can cause bloating of folliculitis. To prevent this problem, avoid hard clothing in hot and humid weather. 
- Try applying some baby powder to your skin to prevent friction from causing bloating.
- Avoid hard clothing while exercising as well. If you wear tight workout clothes, remove the clothes immediately after exercising and showering.
- Use only one reputable wax salon. Osanitary wax salons can spread bacteria that cause folliculitis. Reduce the risk by just visiting reputable and sanitary-growing salons. 
- Do an internet search for the salon you are considering and see if there are any negative reviews or news about it.  Ask your friends about their experiences at special wax salons.
[ Edit ] References
- ↑ https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/ bumps and grows / folliculitis
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- ↑ https: //www.huffpost. com / entry / apple-cider-vinegar-beauty_b_1924171
- [1945 https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/folliculitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20361634
- ↑ https: //www.merckmanuals.com/home/skin-disorders/bacterial-skin-infections/folliculitis-and-skin-abscesses Chapter19659071 Yan ↑ https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/folliculitis/ symptom -orsaker / SYC-20361634
- [1945 https://www.merckmanuals.com/home/skin-disorders/bacterial-skin-infections/folliculitis-and-skin-abscesses
- [1945 https://www.aad.org/ public / diseases / bulges and growths / folliculitis
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