Folliculitis is a pimple-like, bumpy rash that people develop after hair removal or waxing. The basic cause is inflammation caused due to stress placed on surrounding skin of hair, when they get removed forcefully. However, these bumps clear in a few days without any healing treatment.
Unfortunately, if you experience white bumps filled with fluid after few days then this folliculitis condition can be because of mild infection. You can treat them at home. If bumps get developed after initial inflammation diminishes within a week post waxing then it can be because of ingrown hair. This folliculitis situation is when hair starts to grow inside skin surface rather than growing outside.
Ingrown hair causes round and tiny bumps that look like acne. You may perhaps see hair within the pustules. People with natural coarse or curly hair are prone to develop ingrown hair. Nevertheless, ingrown hair can ultimately grow through outer surface but you can take some home treatment to help them surface and reduce the symptoms.
Tips to alleviate inflammation and swelling
When you visit the Wax Center Shrewsbury, the therapist there will offer you advise on how to handle the swelling or inflammation if any, after waxing.
- Tight clothes can aggravate already sensitive skin and increase irritation, so wear loose-fitting outfit.
- Use cold compress to soothe affected area for some time to numb it and reduce the feel of pain.
- If you feel inflammation because of ingrown hair condition then use warm compress. It draws out the ingrown hair.
- Picking, prodding or popping the bumps will damage skin and increase the risk of getting infected by bacteria.
What care to instantly take after & between wax sessions?
To prevent and manage bumps after wax session will depend on some aspects like –
- Skin sensitivity
- When you waxed
- Area you waxed
The professional waxing specialist will offer detailed post-care details of the specific area you got waxed. Some general preventive measures to consider after wax session are –
- Take cool shower or apply cool compress to alleviate skin sensitivity and aggravation. Say ‘NO’ to hot showers or baths.
- Apply OTC cream on irritated area.
- Wear loose clothes to eliminate friction and touchiness.
- Avoid scented products like lotions, creams and deodorants for 24 hours to avoid aggravation in sensitized skin.
- After waxing stay away from excessive activity because sweating can annoy freshly waxed skin.
Between wax sessions
- Regularly cleanse and exfoliate the body to eliminate dead skin and accumulation of debris. This can help release the embedded hair and inhibit extra ingrown hair.
Natural home remedies to sooth lingering inflammation and exfoliate
Exfoliation has to be conducted every couple of days because it can be harsh for the skin.
Homemade sugar scrub absolutely soothes skin irritation and avoids the development of ingrown hair. Blend sugar and coconut/olive oil in same amount, apply on aggravated area and scrub in circular motion gently.
Grow Aloe Vera plant to enjoy its skin nourishing benefits. Just break a stem and squeeze the gel directly on affected area. Massage gently on the skin, you will soon feel cool and relieved. This can be safely conducted three times a day.
To prevent irritation in future, maintain regular waxing appointments. Never use other techniques of removing hair because it can disrupt the hair growth pattern. This can increase more painful session and ingrown hair issue.