It is commonly known as razor burn/razor bumps, hot tub rash, and barber’s itch. Common causes of folliculitis include: Touching or rubbing your skin frequently. Wearing tight clothing.
How do you prevent folliculitis after shaving?
- Wash your skin with warm water and a gentle cleanser.
- Apply plenty of gel or shaving cream, not soap, and let it sit 5-10 minutes to soften your hair.
- Use a new blade each time you shave so you know it’s clean and sharp; single blades are ideal.
- Shave in the direction your hairs grow.
Why do I keep getting folliculitis?
Folliculitis is most often caused by an infection of hair follicles with Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria. Folliculitis may also be caused by viruses, fungi and even an inflammation from ingrown hairs.
Why does folliculitis keep coming back?
Folliculitis usually occurs at sites where hair follicles are damaged by friction or shaving, or where there is blockage of the follicle. Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) due to overactivity of the sweat glands can be another cause. Sometimes, using a steroid cream on the face can trigger a bout of folliculitis.
Should I shave if I have folliculitis?
Change your washcloths and towels every day. Avoid shaving the area: If possible, do not shave areas that have folliculitis. If you must shave, use an electric razor or new blade every time you shave.
Should I pop folliculitis bumps?
Don’t cut, poke, or squeeze the sores. This can be painful and spread infection. Don’t scratch the affected area. Scratching can delay healing.
What kills folliculitis?
Doctors can treat severe folliculitis with a prescription-strength antifungal or antibiotic ointment. They can also prescribe a medicated shampoo that relieves itching, and helps kill infectious microbes. Eosinophilic folliculitis may become a chronic, but mild condition.
What can be mistaken for folliculitis?
Psoriasis and folliculitis can both cause patches of itchy, red, inflamed skin to appear. However, they are very different conditions.
People may sometimes mistake psoriasis and folliculitis for other skin conditions, including:
- fungal skin infections.
- eczema or dermatitis.
- pityriasis rosea.
What clears up folliculitis?
Apply antibiotic creams
Over-the-counter antibiotic creams, gels, and ointments may help clear up a small patch of folliculitis. Look for antibiotic creams that are put on cuts and scrapes. Apply the cream with a new, clean cotton swab. Avoid using too much antibiotic cream and use it only where needed.
What happens if folliculitis doesn’t go away?
If folliculitis goes untreated it may result in serious or deep infections that may spread or cause permanent scarring, cellulitis, or even enter the bloodstream and become life-threatening. Each hair on your body grows out of a pocket in your skin called a follicle.
How long do folliculitis bumps last?
Mild folliculitis usually heals on its own in about 2 weeks. You can take care of yourself at home with: A warm compress. This may ease itching and help healing.
What does a folliculitis look like?
In most cases, the main symptom of folliculitis is red bumps that look like pimples on your skin. These could also look like they’re white-filled bumps or they could be filled with pus (pustules). Folliculitis can feel itchy and uncomfortable. Many people feel the need to scratch when they have folliculitis.