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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Boileau

Razor Burn...OUCH!

A couple of new terms for everyone:

folliculitis barbae vs. pseudofolliculitis barbae........

The difference between the two is the cause of the inflammation in the hair follicles. Where folliculitis barbae is caused by viral or bacterial infections, pseudofolliculitis is created by irritation from shaving and ingrown hairs.

This most commonly appears as an acne-like eruption presenting as ingrown hairs associated with flesh-coloured or red follicular papules. We see this most often on the face and neck of men & women after shaving. Under the jawline is typical, as it's a site where the hair follicles grow in various directions. And let's not forget - the bum! The derriere is another common area to experience folliculitis (and it's totally NORMAL if this is happening to you).


- in many cases of bacterial folliculitis, an over-the-counter antibacterial wash such as chlorhexidine (Hibiclens) or benzoyl/hydrogen peroxide, can provide relief.

-not scratching the skin can help to speed up healing: it may also help prevent folliculitis from getting worse or spreading to other parts of the body. Try a hot compress/wrap or an anti-biotic ointment or anti-itching lotion to assist here.

- the ultimate prevention: permanent hair removal. If there is no hair, there can be no irritation!

Please keep in mind: folliculitis can sometimes be serious. You may need medical treatment like prescription antibiotics, steroid medication, and in rare cases, even surgery.

See your doctor right away if you have any signs and symptoms of severe folliculitis, such as:

-whitehead pimples around the hair follicles

-pus or oozing from the skin

-crusty sores on the skin


-a large bump or mass

-hair loss


If you're ready to be done with the razor burn, give us a call! Permanent hair removal can be life changing for those suffering from folliculitis.


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