Is it Acne or Folliculitis?

Are you a man dealing with adult acne? Are you sure?

Many men that think they’re suffering from adult acne are actually facing an acne-like disorder called folliculitis. So just what is folliculitis? How is it different from acne? And, more importantly, how do you deal with it?

Most often, folliculitis is caused by shaving too closely to the skin. A super close shaves leaves your hair follicles open, and bacteria can sneak their way in and cause an infection. You can tell the difference by taking a closer look. A follicular pimple usually has a visible hair shaft at the center of the lesion. Sometimes, they contain pus, and they can also form a crust over the top. Other times, the area surrounding the infected follicle can become red and swollen. Hispanics and African Americans are most likely to develop folliculitis, because of the fact that their hair tends to curl under the skin, but Caucasian and Asian men can get it too.

Infected follicles can feel tender, itchy, and sore. If the folliculitis is particularly deep, the entire hair follicle can be affected, causing large, painful bumps filled with pus. In either case, scars can be left behind.

There is good news, though. The best way to combat folliculitis is to switch to an electric shaver. Electric razors may not give as close a shave as a traditional blade, but they cause much less irritation and swelling around the hair follicles. (Hey… chicks dig the stubble look anyway)

Combined with regular use of an over the counter salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide product and once a week exfoliation, switching to an electric razor should help you be rid of your folliculitis once and for all. Of course, when in doubt, make a dermatologist’s appointment…

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