Folliculitis, Razor Bumps, and Unwanted Hair
Folliculitis is an infection or inflammation of the hair follicles. The cause is usually bacteria, but may also be brought upon by a fungus, yeast, or damaged hair follicles. When the hair follicles become infected they can become red, raised and look like pimples. This condition can be painful and may burn, itch, then break open and drain pus or blood. Folliculitis can resemble other skin conditions such as impetigo or heat rash. To ensure that you properly care for your skin, it is best to see a dermatologist for a diagnosis.
Psuedofolliculitis barbae, also known as razor bumps are small irritated bumps on the skin that are usually caused by shaving. These can be painful, unsightly and can cause scarring. Razor bumps are very common on men with thick, coarse hair, especially on the beard area, but can affect any skin type. On women the most common area to find psudeofolliculitis is on the bikini area. Once treated, it is important to ask your dermatologist about tips and proper shaving habits that will help avoid infection and inflammation.
Even people without razor bumps may have areas on their body they wish hair did not grow. Laser Hair Removal is among the most commonly formed cosmetic procedures in the United States. If you are tired of shaving, waxing, tweezing, threading, electrolysis, depilatories or other methods of temporary hair removal, laser hair removal may be just the treatment you are looking for. If you are considering laser hair removal, you must stop all other methods of hair removal that remove the hair from the follicle at least 4-6 weeks prior to your appointment, (i.e. waxing, tweezing, threading, plucking, etc.). Laser Hair Removal works by targeting the hair at the root inside the follicle and if the hair has been waxed or plucked out of the follicle, the treatment will not work. You must also avoid the sun and be off all antibiotics for 6 weeks prior to treatment. Avoid home self-tanning products and airbrush spray tan for one week before treatment. (Please visit our Patient Care Center for other Laser Treatment Instructions).
Do your homework before scheduling Laser Hair Removal just anywhere. There are many different types of lasers out there and not all are created equal. The wavelength, the pulse width and spot size used are just some of the very important factors to consider when choosing which Laser Hair Removal device is best for you. Many laser clinics and spas use only one laser that is able to treat all skin types because it is more cost effective for their business. Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa has 3 separate lasers for Laser Hair Removal so that we can effectively and safely treat all skin types and deliver the best results possible for each. For questions or more information, please visit our Laser Hair Removal page (link to our Laser Hair Page), or schedule a free consultation or call and speak with one of our Licensed Aestheticians/Certified Laser Technicians.
Disclaimer: Individual results may vary from patient to patient and there is no guarantee of specific results.