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November 30, 2014

By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist












If you’re like millions of women in the US, you want a smooth,
hairless body – your aim is to get rid of the hair in all the
wrong places while taking care of it on your head. But body
hair can be difficult to deal with at the best of times. And when
something goes wrong, it’s even worse.

One common problem is a condition called "folliculitis", which
occurs when the hair follicle becomes inflamed, causing painful,
itchy spots.

You can suffer from folliculitis wherever you have a hair follicle
– the tiny pouch out of which the hair grows. Which means you
can suffer from folliculitis pretty much anywhere on your body.

Hair removal techniques, aspects of personal hygiene and even
using a hot tub can increase your risk of folliculitis. What is
folliculitis and how can you deal with it?

What Causes Folliculitis?

Folliculitis --- inflammation of the follicles --- may be caused by
a bacterial or fungal infection. Or you could get folliculitis when
you damage the follicles by shaving your legs or bikini area, or
blocking your pores with sweat and makeup, or friction from
tight clothing.

Using rubber gloves that are not clean inside can contribute to
a bacterial infection of folliculitis. Dermatitis or acne may cause
folliculitis and you are more at risk of the condition if you
damage your skin by scraping or cutting it.

Different Types of Folliculitis

Folliculitis is classified as superficial – on the surface of the skin
– or deep. Deep cases of folliculitis tend to be more serious.
Superficial cases of folliculitis affecting women include:
Bacterial folliculitis, which occurs when Staphylococcus aureus
(staph) bacteria infects the hair follicles.

Hot tub folliculitis occurs when heated pools and hot tubs are
not properly clean with the correct chlorine levels. Bacteria
cause a rash that is worse in the areas where your swimsuit
held water containing bacteria directly against your skin.
Barber’s itch may be a problem when you get a bikini wax or
you closely shave the bikini area.

Examples of deep folliculitis include:

Gram-negative folliculitis, which affects women taking
antibiotics for acne on a long-term basis.

Boils and carbuncles occur when the hair follicles are infected
with staph bacteria at a deep level under the skin.
Boils are
painful bumps and a carbuncle is a collection of boils.

What are the Symptoms of Folliculitis?

A case of folliculitis looks like a bunch of red pimples, which
may be pus-filled or itchy. Hot tub folliculitis occurs after
around 72 hours of exposure to the water, and it causes
pimples on your stomach, arms and legs. The pimples may
break open and ooze pus or blood. Your skin may be generally
inflamed, red, painful, and itchy.

Is Folliculitis Dangerous?

Mild cases of folliculitis usually resolve on their own with
effective self-care. However, you may need medical attention if
the inflammation and pustules don’t go away or get worse. If
you have a fever as well as folliculitis or the area gets redder
and more painful, see a doctor.

For folliculitis on your scalp, if you have a severe case of
folliculitis you could end up losing your hair permanently in the
affected area, or suffering from permanent scarring.

Before it gets to that stage, there are many things you can do
to prevent folliculitis or help get rid of this unsightly and
irritating skin condition. We looked at expert opinion to find out
which natural remedies help women fight folliculitis.




























1.
Photodynamic Therapy for Treating Folliculitis

For areas of folliculitis that will not go away, consider using a
form of photodynamic therapy to treat the skin condition.

According to a 2010 study from Chung-Ang University College
of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea photodynamic therapy works
as it has an antimicrobial effect. In the study, a long-lasting
strain of folliculitis was treated with phototherapy – in four out
of six patients the therapy caused a decrease in inflammatory
lesions.

2.
Use Garlic as a Folliculitis Treatment?

If the strain of folliculitis is caused by a fungal infection then
take garlic supplements.

Garlic is known to have antifungal properties, according to
research including a 1983 paper by Caporaso N, Smith SM, and
Eng RH, and research has taken place into the development of
a cream containing garlic extract to alleviate symptoms of skin
fungal infections.

3.
Choose Your Towels with Care to Prevent Folliculitis

Rubbing the skin with nylon towels was a major cause of
folliculitis in Japanese women, according to a 2014 study from
Saitama Medical University, Japan.

If you suffer from recurring folliculitis, get rid of your nylon
towels, sponges and washcloths and make sure that you use a
clean towel and washcloth each time you bath.

Cotton towels are generally softer and will be less likely to
irritate the hair follicles. And, make sure that you don’t share
towels or washcloths.

4.
Take Care during Pregnancy to Avoid Folliculitis

Studies show that pregnant women are at risk of developing
folliculitis and cases of dermatitis they may not have suffered
from before getting pregnant.

A 2012 study by researchers at the Aga Khan University,
Karachi shows that one patient in the small study had pruritic
folliculitis of pregnancy.

Take special care to wash and cleanse your skin carefully when
pregnant, and watch your skin for the beginnings of any case
of folliculitis which can be quickly treated if identified early.

5.
Folliculitis -- Hair Care, Hair Styles and Hair Removal

When shaving your legs or bikini area, use an electric shaver
rather than a manual as it doesn’t cut so close to the skin.
Apply shaving gel to the area before removing the hair. Avoid
shaving any area that is already infected with folliculitis or if
you can see bumps on the skin.

If you keep getting bouts of folliculitis that don’t respond to
treatment, laser hair removal may be the best option. With laser
hair removal you destroy the hair follicles, which means they
cannot get inflamed.

6.
Prevent Folliculitis - Don’t Block Your Pores

You are more likely to suffer from folliculitis when you irritate
the pores through blocking them or creating friction. Avoid
wearing tight clothing, and don’t use pore-clogging oils or
make-up on your skin. Oils can trap bacteria inside your pores,
which causes folliculitis.

7.
Hygiene: Bathing and Showering with Folliculitis

Women are more likely to get folliculitis when they use a hot
tub, a swimming pool or a whirlpool bath that has not been
properly cleaned and treated with chlorine.

If you bathe in a public hot tub or use a swimming pool,
shower immediately after with soap. You should also bathe or
shower after you exercise so you don’t clog your pores with
sweat or oils.

If you already suffer from folliculitis, apply a warm, soothing
washcloth that’s been dipped in a saltwater solution to help
drain the spots and relieve itching.

8.
Treating Scalp Folliculitis

Gently cleanse the skin with antibacterial soap and shampoo if
you have folliculitis on the scalp.

[Editor's Note:

If your scalp folliculitis has resulted in hair loss, some
dermatologists will use steroid cream to reduce the
inflammation of the hair follicles and, unless your follicles have
been too badly damaged, restore hair growth.]



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Folliculitis can lead to bald spots when it
occurs on your scalp. Washing with
antibacterial shampoo can help to reduce
follicle inflammation.