Topical Biochemistry for Healthy Looking Skin

Folliculitis Barbae

Folliculitis, an infection of the hair follicles, can occur anywhere there is an injury or damage to the hair follicle caused by the rubbing of clothing or blockage of the follicle. Folliculitis occurs in males and females. Folliculitis barbae, on the other hand, is a male skin condition that occurs following shaving (razor bumps), frequently involving particularly curly beard hair. Folliculitis pubis can occur following shaving or waxing in the genital area. Folliculitis nuchae occurs on the back of the neck and can form dark, hard bumps on the neck.

Following shaving, the curly hair grows within the follicle in a corkscrew manner, growing into the follicle lining (wall). The follicle opening may also be partially blocked by cellular debris, which increases the frequency of in-grown hairs. Inflammation and a bacterial or viral infection frequently results. Folliculitis barbae is not acne but has similarities to acne (pustules and infections).

Traditional acne products are generally not the most effective products in treating folliculitis. Folliculitis is generally caused by Staphylococcus bacteria (staph infection) and not by Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), which causes acne. If product information does not include mention of this distinction and address the control of Staphylococcus, it is not likely the product(s) will control this bacteria. Treatment with these products may be ineffectual.

Effective folliculitis barbae treatment must include removal and control of Staphylococcus. BiON’s Antibacterial Cleanser and Bacteriostat Cleanser both kill P. acnes, but they also kill staphylococcus, E. coli, Salmonella and a number of other dreaded bacteria. These cleansers remove staph from the skin and kill the bacteria in existing folliculitis infections.

BiON’s Salicylic-Glycolic Gel and Follicle Clearing Lotion remove cellular debris from the follicles to keep the openings clear and allow the hair to pass beyond the follicle openings. This significantly reduces the potential for new in-grown hairs. Both of these products, and the cleansers, contain anti-inflammatory agents to prevent excessive exfoliation of the follicular linings, which promotes folliculitis barbae.

Treatment in the AM should follow shaving. The razor should be cleaned with the cleanser, as razors retain bacteria. Use paper towels for a period of time to dry the face to avoid contamination from a soiled towel. Change pillow cases frequently for a period of time. If treatment is discontinued, folliculitis barbae may reoccur in time.

Some patients may develop carbuncles and/or very dry patches of skin. These can be treated with BiON’s Moisture Complex. This product was developed especially for acneic skin and can be used along with BiON’s acne products for adult acne, cystic acne, acne vulgaris, blackheads, milia and whiteheads.

If folliculitis pubis, in-grown hairs following salon waxing, or folliculitis nuchae, hard nodules on the back of the neck after a barber visit or waxing, are a problem, BiON’s Acne Inhibiting Gel can be applied to the waxed or shaved area 2 to 3 times daily for 2 days. This will prevent the development of inflammation and in-grown hairs.

Folliculitis Barbae (In-Grown Hairs)

Normal, Combination or Oily Skin

AM
Antibacterial Cleanser – Apply to damp face, work into lather, rinse off
Salicylic-Glycolic Gel – Apply following cleansing, leave on

Note: Perform treatment after shaving, rather than before

PM
Antibacterial Cleanser – Apply to damp face, work into lather, rinse off
Salicylic-Glycolic Gel – Apply following cleansing, leave on
Dry and/or Sensitive Skin

AM
Bacteriostat Cleanser – Apply to damp face, work into lather, rinse off
Follicle Clearing Lotion – Apply following cleansing, leave on
Moisture Complex – Optional, for dry skin. Use as needed, leave on

Note: Perform treatment after shaving, rather than before.

PM
Bacteriostat Cleanser – Apply to damp face, work into lather, rinse off
Follicle Clearing Lotion – Apply following cleansing, leave on
Moisture Complex – Optional, for dry skin. Use as needed, leave on

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