Well, well, well, look who decided to get a little too friendly with the hot wax! Yes, my dear, I’m talking about folliculitis, the not-so-fun condition that tends to pop up after a waxing session.
It’s like your skin is throwing a party and all these little red, swollen, and itchy bumps decide to show up uninvited. But don’t be too hard on yourself, it’s not entirely your fault. Waxing can be a bit rough on the skin, and it tends to irritate the hair follicles, making them more susceptible to infection.
Symptoms of Folliculitis are pretty easy to spot, it’s like your skin is sending you a distress signal. The bumps are red and swollen and make you want to scratch them all day long, but scratching only makes it worse. And the cherry on top of this cake, it’s not just the red bumps, you might also see some pus or scabs around the affected area.
So, you might be wondering, is there a way to avoid this? Unfortunately, there’s no 100% guarantee to avoid this but, you can reduce your chances by exfoliating before waxing and avoiding shaving or using hair removal creams in the same area.
If you find yourself in this boat, fear not! There are ways to deal with it. You can try some over-the-counter creams that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. Or if the condition is more severe, your dermatologist might prescribe you with antibiotics or antifungal medication.
It’s crucial to keep the affected area clean and dry and avoid tight clothing that may rub against it, and most importantly, avoid picking or scratching it.
Just remember, this too shall pass and with the right treatment and care, you’ll be back to your smooth, bump-free self in no time! So, embrace the bumps, they’re only temporary, and they’ll make your skin that much smoother when they’re gone!