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Dr Pixie V/O: 32 year old Geoff Baker has a problem he hopes Dr Jessen can guide in the right direction.

Geoff: Other people do notice, like my little nieces ask “Do you have chicken pox?”.

Receptionist: Dr Jessen’s ready for you now.

Geoff: It’s gone on and on for years, it’s been like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel really.

Dr Christian: Alright, what can I do for you?

Geoff: Basically I’ve been having terrible problems with my skin, I think the current underlying problem is ingrowing hairs which can become infected and cause scarring and be quite distressing basically.

Dr Christian: Right yeah, how long have you been having that for?

Geoff: Ever since I was a teenager, so it’s been going on most of my life.

Dr Christian: What you had acne and spots and things like that?

Geoff: Yeah, but as you’re getting older you sort of think perhaps my skin problems should be getting better now.

Dr Christian: You would hope wouldn’t you? Do you shave over this part of your face?

Geoff: Well this is sort of my beard line; the hairs grow right the way up the cheeks.

Dr Christian: What I’d like to do is sit you up on the couch and just have a look and see what’s going on.

Geoff: Yeah sure.

Dr Christian: Let’s have a look; just turn your head to the left for me. Let’s have a look. Yeah so you do have a lot of little fine black hairs I can see, and lots of little scabs and things. Turn your head this way. Same as this side but here you’ve also got whiteheads, little pussy heads, and I can actually see some little dark sort of hairs that I think are growing in there and it looks like they are all in growing. So I actually think this is a form of folliculitis, which is infections which get into the hair follicle itself ok? So I think I might be worth trying laser hair removal. How does that sound to you as an idea?

Geoff: Well it sounds excellent because to be honest with you I’ve got to the stage where I’m willing to try anything.

Dr Pixie V/O: With the average adult male growing over half a millimetre of facial hair a day, out of tens of thousands of tiny follicles it’s hardly surprising that a large number of men suffer some form of folliculitis. The condition is found mainly on the face, it looks a lot like acne but it is in fact caused by ingrowing hairs or bacterial infection to the follicle. This creates soreness and inflammation and is exacerbated by shaving. In extreme cases shaving becomes impossible and antibiotics are required. The best thing to do is to stop the hair from growing, so Geoff will have the hair follicles lasered which is the most successful treatment. Between four and six treatments should do the trick, but zapping those pesky follicles is not permanent and top up blasts are required.

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Consultation: Folliculitis

A patient who has been suffering since he was a teenager with ingrowing hair on his face is at his wits end and asks Dr Christian Jessen for advice. In this consultation from series one of Embarrassing Illnesses, Dr Jessen recommends a course of laser treatment to remove the afflicting hairs and provide some relief…

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hi i have been diagnosed with folliculitis on my back which the doctor has given me some antibiotic tablets but i have a bad stomach and antibiotics really irritate it is there any other treatments that i can have like antibiotic creams or something along the lines of that.





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Methiopropamine use will produce this. Fact. :(





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all over my body i have ingrown hairs all hairs on my arms and legs and back grow ingrown i have never shaven them and it is just all ingrown and it is the worst i have had it all my life





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Hi. I am 25 and have what I believe to be folliculitis. For years I have been getting red little lumps like pimples on my buttocks and if I itch them they turn nasty and scab up. My bum is now covered in dark red scars and looks awful! I have also had it on my lower legs round my ankles which are also scarred and currently have it again in hair along my parting which is very sore. I would love to know how to get rid of it, I've tried antibiotics which done nothing but I would love to know also how to get rid of the scarring..it is awful and I'm very self conscious because of it, even with my partner. So any ideas would be welcome





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I've had either this or something similar on my legs for about 2 years and I haven't worn shorts or shown my legs to anyone. It's ruining my life and I can barely look at myself. I'm 16 and I have a boyfriend and it's preventing us from doing anything and it's my biggest insecurity. Please give me advice.





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Hello, ever since I waxed which was about 2 months ago, as my pubic hairs are growing I get more frequent ingrown hairs or pimples, i use my phones flashlight and I see the hair dashed like if it's growing sideways, then they turned tanned looking, I guess because I never try to pull them out... I'm just scared because why am I getting them constantly now, I don't even want to shave because I feel like it will make it worst, what should I do





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Hi, I have suffered with folliculitis on my lower legs for around 7 years now this stops me being able to enjoy myslf and feel confident in showing my legs and always have them covered up. I have been given every tablet, cream and wash you could think of. I have recently been on long-term antibiotics which have stopped the follicles becoming infected but I am still suffering with ingrowing hairs and red marks all ovr my legs, is there any other treatment or option to help this problem?





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laser hair removal is likely to be very helpful

At present, it gives your skin feeling soft and builds your fairness. Wish for natural components products! These products are made by natural components.





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I get pimple looking spots on my pubis, inner thighs, legs, arms, back, chest, armpits and sometimes in my hair. I think it might be folliculitis but I'm not sure. These sores get really red, have hairs in them most of the time, and swell up full of pus making these big pimple type spots. They can be as big as peanuts sometimes, and it's really embarrassing. I don't know what it is, and I am really tired of having to hide them away, I just want them to be gone!





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I was diagnosed about a year ago with folliculitis on my buttocks. At times I get small red spots that resemble pimples on my butt cheeks. I've tried several Products in the pass with not really much results. Now parts of my butt cheeks seem scarred to the ski years of folliculitis. I actually started treatments of hair laser removal to kill the follicle and also kill the bacteria. Couldn't continue hair laser removal at medical center because they closed and do not want to pay for more professional treatments of laser hair removal. So I decided to buy the tria Laser hair removal system I am on my second month Of using the system and hoping for good results after I am done with the complete procedure. Can anybody recommend any other type of antibacterial product that might help E-mini this folliculitis. And also is there anything out in the market that is really proven to help blemishes on the skin to maybe try to clear up at least some of the scarring caused by the folliculitis. Thank you hope to hear a response soon





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