Your question: Can I shave if I have folliculitis?

Does shaving make folliculitis worse?

Dangers of Shaving

The main concern associated with shaving is folliculitis, which could lead to various other skin infections. Folliculitis is a common skin infection that develops in the hair follicles when they are damaged.

Does shaving help folliculitis?

Shaving may irritate the skin and open up the hair follicles. This raises the risk of infection. Avoid shaving until the folliculitis has cleared up.

How do you shave with folliculitis?

Folliculitis Prevention

  1. Wash your skin with warm water and a gentle cleanser.
  2. Apply plenty of gel or shaving cream, not soap, and let it sit 5-10 minutes to soften your hair.
  3. Use a new blade each time you shave so you know it’s clean and sharp; single blades are ideal.
  4. Shave in the direction your hairs grow.

What should you not do if you have folliculitis?

Avoid sharing towels, washcloths, or other personal items. If you have folliculitis, use a clean washcloth and towel each time you bathe. Don’t scratch the bumps. Avoid shaving the bumps.

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.

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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.

What aggravates folliculitis?

Folliculitis has many causes, including tight clothing, but tight clothes can aggravate the condition regardless of what caused it. Use loose-fitting clothing over the affected area. You should also avoid clothing that allows the skin to rub against the affected area.

What foods cause folliculitis?

Brooks also advises avoiding diets high in carbs and sugars or with a high glycemic index, which can cause fluctuations in your glucose levels. “Rising glucose levels increase hormones in your skin, leading to oil production, which can cause folliculitis [inflammation of hair follicles],” he says.

Do folliculitis scars go away?

Folliculitis is common on the buttocks, arms and legs – especially the thighs. Most improve in 7 to 10 days. Sometimes after the rash is gone, dark marks can be left behind. These are not scars, and the dark marks will go away with time.

Why do I get folliculitis after shaving?

Razor burn, or folliculitis, generally occurs immediately after shaving or when the hair is growing back. It can leave the skin on your legs red and inflamed, or with raised bumps. Razor bumps are most likely caused by friction from the razor and ingrown hairs.

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.

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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.