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Folliculitis, also known as ingrown hairs or razor bumps, is caused by infective bacteria in the follicle. 

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Folliculitis occurs when a hair follicle gets infected. This is extremely common, caused by bacteria getting into the follicle. Irritation around individual hair resembles pimples and can burn or itch.

Folliculitis can look like yellow or white-headed pimples, small red bumps, or sometimes even like a rash.

These bumps can show up anywhere, but it is most commonly found on the thighs, buttocks, neck, and armpits. Friction can increase the likelihood of these bumps developing. 

Shaving, plucking, waxing, and going in a dirty or improperly maintained hot tub can all increase your chances of developing folliculitis. 

what is the treatment?

Hair removal is the most common treatment for people struggling with ingrown hairs, including Laser Hair Removal. Even after just one treatment, you are able to see a reduction in ingrown hairs and a reduction of scarring they produce. We use topical numbing and integrated cooling for all our hair removal patients to ensure their comfort throughout their treatment.

Some treatments may include an antibiotic cream or ointment, or a medicated shampoo if the scalp is affected. Antibiotics in pill form can be prescribed for infections deeper in the skin. Mild cases can heal on their own, but more severe cases may need treatment. 

Devices used to treat this condition:

With a variety of lasers to choose from, we can address any treatment area, including larger areas like the back and legs. Some of our devices also work safely and effectively on skin of color, expanding our laser hair removal options to nearly all of our patients.

What experience do your doctors have?

The doctors at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York are extremely qualified to perform laser hair removal and have helped develop methods that are now used everywhere. We are also one of the few practices where the physicians always perform the treatments, rather than nurses or technicians. Watch this video to learn more.

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Questions and Answers

Q: Is Folliculitis An STD?

A: Folliculitis is not a sexually transmitted disease. However, the bacteria can transfer via close skin contact.

Q: Will Folliculitis Go Away On Its Own?

A: In most cases, yes. It can take anywhere from 7-10 days for most bumps to go away, but there are some cases where they can stay longer. Contact your doctor if you have any concerns. 

Q: Should I Squeeze The Bumps?

A: It is not recommended to cut, poke, scratch or squeeze the sores because it can spread infection and cause pain. You can squeeze out excess water if you wish, but it is best to consult a doctor about your specific condition. 

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