How is folliculitis managed and treated?

Some types of folliculitis can be treated at home in the following ways:

  • Antibacterial cleansers can help clean the skin, limiting the amount of bacteria on the skin.
  • Warm towels can also sooth the irritated skin.
  • Anti-itch creams can decrease discomfort.
  • Less severe cases of folliculitis, such as Pseudomonas folliculitis (hot tub rash), usually fade within a few days without treatment.

In more severe cases, an oral antibiotic may be needed. Deeper infections, like boils and carbuncles, may have to be drained by a doctor.

Because Pseudofolliculitis barbae and Sycosis barbae heavily affect the beard area, you can reduce their occurrence by:

  • Softening the hair with hot water before shaving.
  • Shaving with the grain of the hair, not against it.
  • Using a shaving gel or cream.
  • Shaving every other day, rather than daily.
  • Using an electric razor or hair removal product instead of a traditional razor blade.
  • Avoiding pulling the skin while shaving.

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