Shaving can be frustrating, especially when you want to be on top of your beard game. Maintaining your appearance requires consistency and persistence. But what if all that work results in rashes and bumps on your face? After all, there’s no point having a perfect beard with bumps all over your neck and cheeks.
Most primary physicians diagnose these shaving rashes as ingrown hair cyst or acne. However, your treatment doesn’t end there. If your condition continues or worsens after simple acne treatment, you might need a dermatologist’s opinion. Most of these cases end up to be folliculitis.
What’s that? Folliculitis is inflammation around the hair follicle. This may occur from rubbing against clothing or shaving, which may damage or block the hair follicles.
Shaving makes your face more prone to bacterial infection, and that’s why acne treatment won’t work unless you stop shaving. Yes, in severe cases you have to stop shaving. Or else, it may cause permanent hair loss or scarring. Prescription medication may be needed as well.
“Woah, woah, woah. Wait a minute. I have to stop shaving? That’s never going to happen.” is what you’re probably thinking right now.
Not necessarily. Most cases of folliculitis go away on their own with 2 weeks. You can also speed up the process by washing your face with antibacterial soap twice a day.
Here’s a pro tip if you want to improve your skin condition without tarnishing your beard rep.
Bactroban ointment should be applied into the front of the nose for several days to prevent a carrier state. While this may seem like it makes no sense, the inside front area of the nostrils is often a place where bacteria can survive a course of oral antibiotics. Later, they spread back to the skin to cause a relapse.
Pro Tip for Shaving Rashes:
- Applied bactroban ointment on the tip of your nose for several days
- Wash your face with antibacterial soap twice a day
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