Laser Hair Removal to Treat Folliculitis?

October 4, 2010 in Hair Removal 101,Laser hair removal

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In addition to achieving smooth, hair free skin, laser hair removal can possibly treat a skin condition called folliculitis. This inflammatory condition is quite common and means that there is an infection in the hair follicle. The infection is caused by bacteria, viruses or fungi and usually looks like small, white pimples.

Folliculitis can appear anywhere on the face or body, and these infected hair follicles can itch or be painful. Folliculitis often clears by itself, but can also require medical treatment. There are many different types of folliculitis, and they occur for a number of various reasons, including tight clothing, excessive perspiration and different skin conditions. But perhaps one of the biggest causes of folliculitis is frequent shaving, which can irritate the skin and cause infection to it.

Though some people are more prone to have folliculitis than others, there are several things one can do in order to avoid this frustrating condition. Those who frequently experience folliculitis should avoid tight clothing that rubs against the skin, hot tubs, and make up, oil and cocoa butter that can block the hair follicles. Additional preventative steps include using antibacterial soap and avoid sharing towels. Once the folliculitis has occurred compresses with white vinegar can ease itching and help healing. Pore clarifying pads with salicylic or glycolic acid can also be helpful during this time. More severe cases of folliculitis may need antibiotic or antifungal creams or pills, and medicated shampoo can also be used. When nothing else works, starting laser hair removal sessions to end the folliculitis can be the only solution left.

Mild cases of folliculitis should heal on its own, but for those who suffer from reoccurring folliculitis, laser hair removal could be an excellent treatment option. Laser hair removal can completely treat or noticeably improve the folliculitis. During a laser hair removal session, the heat from the laser device will target the hair follicle and kill it. When the laser destroys the hair follicle it can no longer get infected.

Laser hair removal can definitely reduce or end the unpleasant condition of folliculitis. And in addition to clearing the folliculitis, laser hair removal can result in smoother, more velvety skin, with little to no hair left. It is important however to consult a high quality laser hair removal clinic with practitioners that has experience in treating folliculitis by laser hair removal. Overall, laser hair removal can be very effective for treating folliculitis and is recommended by many physicians, but more than one treatment might be needed to clear all of it.

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