Lots of you have put questions and queries on here with regards to shaving rashes. Well, first of all I think you better look at how you are shaving. Certainly, if you are someone who is using a handheld razor it may be worth getting something that’s electronic or if you have to resort to a hand held disposable razor please don’t use anybody else’s razor like your dads or your boyfriends and also remember to change the razor on a regular basis. Rusty, blunt razors host loads of bacteria and that will cause a big problem in your hair follicles and give you an infectious rash called folliculitis.
Secondly, try and make the area nice and warm beforehand so that the pores are open, and you can do this by simply shaving after you’ve been in the bath or the shower and remember to shave in the direction of the hair not against it. If you can exfoliate the area before hand it is also a very good idea and if you can apply an antibacterial wash afterwards that prevents bacteria from going to sit in the follicles and results an infection.
If shaving seems just a disaster there are other options. You could try maybe hair removal creams, you could also try waxing and if your hairs are particularly problematic a more long term solution is to consider laser treatment but this isn’t available on the NHS and is quite costly.
I’ve been reading lots of posts on the Embarrassing Bodies website about people who have had recurrent issues with folliculitis and shaving rashes that simply won’t go away and you sound like you have tried absolutely everything. At this stage if you have tried everything there is one other trick that I would have up my sleeve and that is that very often people carry excess bacteria on their skin. We can sometimes harbour them in the cracks of our arms, up our noses, in our bottoms or in our groins. So, if you have a recurrent problem its worth seeing you’re GP, getting some swabs done of all of these areas, sending them to the lab and identifying which germ is causing the problem. We can simply issue a prescription for antibiotics; get rid of the germ and use and antibacterial wash which you would use twice a day for two weeks. So, if this is a really, really big struggle, go and see your GP and get it sorted.
One final word would be that, although you may be entirely convinced these lumps and bumps down below are something to do with shaving if there is any doubt what so ever go and see your GP because there are lots of other things that can crop up down below that are not due to shaving so if in doubt get the doctor to check it out.
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Doctor Responses: Folliculitis
Folliculitis, an infection of the hair follicles, is often caused by shaving. In this short video Dr Pixie answers your most common queries about the condition, how to get rid of it and how to avoid it in the first place.
Most of the questions Pixie answers were posted by Embarrassing Bodies viewers on our “folliculitis condition guide“http://www.channel4embarrassingillnesses.com/conditions/folliculitis/.
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