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How Laser Hair Removal Can Prevent Folliculitis

Ellie Taylor
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If you’re tired of putting up with the red, painful bumps or pus-filled areas on your skin that folliculitis causes, it’s time to think about something more permanent. Laser hair removal could be the answer for you.


What is folliculitis?

Folliculitis is a common skin disorder that causes irritated hair follicles, usually caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. Small red bumps or white-headed blemishes may appear at first. The condition might spread and result in crusty, non-healing sores.

Although the condition isn’t life-threatening, it can be itchy, painful, and humiliating. Severe infections can also leave permanent scarring.


Folliculitis causes

Folliculitis is caused by a bacterial infection of the hair follicles. Viruses, fungi, and even an infection from ingrown hairs can cause folliculitis.

Folliculitis can affect anyone. However, certain factors increase vulnerability to the condition, such as:

  • Having a medical condition such as diabetes, chronic leukaemia, or HIV/AIDS that decreases your resistance to infection
  • Having dermatitis or acne
  • Using certain acne treatments, such as steroid creams or long-term antibiotic therapy
  • Wearing clothes that retains heat and sweat, such as rubber gloves or high boots, regularly
  • Soaking in a poorly maintained hot tub
  • Shaving, waxing, or wearing tight clothing can harm hair follicles.


What are the different types of folliculitis?

Folliculitis is classified into two types: superficial and deep. The superficial type affects only a portion of the follicle, whereas the deep type affects the entire follicle and is generally more severe.

  • Razor bumps (pseudofolliculitis barbae): Ingrown hairs produce this type of skin discomfort. This condition may result in black, elevated scars (keloids).
  • Bacterial folliculitis: This common kind is distinguished by irritating, white, pus-filled pimples. It happens when the hair follicles become infected with bacteria, most commonly Staphylococcus aureus (staph). Staph bacteria are constantly present on the skin. However, they usually only create issues when they enter your body through a cut or other wound.
  • Pityrosporum folliculitis (pit-ih-ROS-puh-rum): This form causes persistent, red, itchy pustules over the back and chest, as well as the neck, shoulders, upper arms, and face. A yeast infection causes this type.
  • Hot tub folliculitis (pseudomonas folliculitis): One to two days after being exposed to the bacterium that causes it, you may get a rash of red, round, itchy pimples. Hot tub folliculitis is caused by pseudomonas bacteria, which can be found in various environments, including hot tubs and heated pools with unregulated chlorine and pH levels.


How to get rid of folliculitis?

Folliculitis treatments are determined by the type and severity of your ailment and the self-care methods you’ve already done, and your personal preferences. A popular treatment for folliculitis is laser hair removal.

Learn more about what to expect during laser hair removal.


Can laser hair removal cure folliculitis?

Laser hair removal is a fantastic treatment if you’re prone to folliculitis. A laser hair removal therapy involves directing a beam of light to the hair. Your skin absorbs the light to shut down the follicle, which helps to eliminate the risk of folliculitis. You won’t have to worry about shaving or waxing, and you won’t have to deal with the persistent red, itchy skin that so commonly comes with folliculitis.

If the folliculitis is recurring because of an underlying health condition, laser hair removal may not offer a long term solution so always check with a qualified practitioner if this is the right choice for you. Book your free consultation today with one of our trusted experts.

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Key Learnings

  • Folliculitis is a common skin disorder that causes irritated hair follicles.
  • The condition isn’t dangerous, though it can be itchy, painful, and humiliating.
  • Folliculitis is classified into two types: superficial and deep.
  • Laser hair removal is a fantastic treatment if you’re prone to folliculitis.

Find your nearest clinic and arrange a free consultation with one of our dermatologists for advice on how laser hair removal can work for you.

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