So what is folliculitis?
“Folliculitis is a very common, benign skin disorder that appears as pinpoint red bumps, each one involving a hair follicle, occasionally with a small dot of pus at the top. Folliculitis is an inflammatory condition affecting hair follicles. It appears as a small red tender bump occasionally surmounted with dot of pus surrounding a hair. Older lesions that have lost the pus appear as red bumps surrounding the opening of the follicle absent the hair. One to hundreds of follicles can be affected anywhere that hair is present.”
Depending on the case it can require treatment or it can get solved by itself. If you’ve had it for long it’s best to see a dermatologist and find out their professional opinion on it. I’ve been consulted by a few of them and they all gave me the same treatment and recommended shaving instead of waxing or using any other hair removal methods and of course, they suggested to start looking into ways to remove body hair permanently.
What are the most common causes of folliculitis:
- Wearing only tight clothes
- Heat and sweat that block or irritate the follicles.
- Public swimming pools or hot tubs that are not properly cleaned or treated with chlorine.
- An infected cut or wound from which the bacteria spreads to the nearby hair follicles.
Symptoms of Folliculitis
- Small, red bumps, which may form singly or in clusters of hair follicles.
- Burning or itching on the bumps.
- Tenderness or pain.
- Blisters that break open, draining out pus and/or blood.
- Shave in the direction of your hair growth. Also, either use an electric shaver or a clean blade for each shaving session.
- Avoid wearing tight-fitted clothes that can irritate your skin.
- Don’t share personal grooming products and equipment with others.
- Use skin products that keep your skin moisturized without clogging the pores.
- Take a shower after heavy sweating.
- Wash your towels and washcloths frequently to maintain hygiene.
How I got rid of folliculitis
I’ve suffered from folliculitis for a few years now and it was very annoying. I wasn’t confident enough to wear skirts or dresses in spring and summer because my legs looked terrible, so I had to constantly cover them. After being consulted by a few doctors I stopped using skinny jeans, switched to shaving and started using the creams they prescribed for about two years. The creams were no good, but shaving stopped the inflammations from increasing. That was perfectly fine, but I was still having the annoying red bumps all over my legs. I was running out of solutions to fix my problem and on my 24th birthday, my parents surprised me with an IPL Hair Removal Device.
That was pretty much the only solution left and I was really hoping it would work. I obviously started using it as soon as possible. At first I had to do the IPL treatments once every two weeks for eight weeks, then once every four weeks for 3 months and then once every three months. I didn’t follow those rules religiously, but after 1.5 year of using that heavenly device, my folliculitis is gone. Sayonara!!! Got rid of it and this was literally the only thing that worked. Tried everything the doctors recommended, stopped waxing, used those creams, but none of those things worked. If you are desperate as I was, then this is the only thing that can solve your problem. It worked wonders for me and I will be forever grateful to my parents for gifting me an IPL Hair Removal Device.
Now there are more options out there. You don’t necessarily have to do the treatments at home by yourself. Can also do them at a salon, but on the long term this is the cheap and easy option. No need to book appointments and can do it from the comfort of your own home. For me it was perfect and it saved my legs.
More information about folliculitis causes, symptoms and prevention can be found here.
How my legs looked like in 2016
How my legs look like now
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