Clogged Hair Follicles
Blocked hair follicles are painful bumps under the skin and it can be a sign of Hidradenitis Suppurativa. It is a skin condition that often occurs in the sweaty areas of the body. Hidradenitis Suppurativa may occur in the:
Clogged hair follicles start like pimples and grow deeper when they get worst. Clogged hair follicles can form cysts or boils that can leak pus or blood.
The Symptoms of Clogged Hair Follicles
- Clusters of small red bumps
- Whiteheads/pimples that develop around the hair follicle
- Pus-filled blisters that break open and crust over
- Burning and itchy skin
- Tender and painful skin
- Large swollen bump or mass
The Causes of Clogged Hair Follicles
It is often due to infection of hair follicles with bacteria. Some are due to viruses, fungi, and inflammation of ingrown hair. Clogged hair follicles may also occur on the scalp.
Risk Factors of Clogged Hair Follicles
- Medical conditions that reduce your resistance to infections
- Acne or dermatitis
- Medications such as steroids and antibiotics
- Improper shaving for men
- Wearing clothes that trap heat and sweat
- The Complications of Clogged Hair Follicles
- Boils under the skin
- Spreading or recurrent infection
- Permanent skin damage
- Dark spots and scars
- Destruction of hair follicles and permanent hair loss
Treatment for Clogged Hair Follicles
Seek help from your doctor or dermatology for proper recommendations. There are OTC products you can avail but it is better to have a prescription from your health care provider. You can apply some topical solutions for cystic clogged hair follicles. Antibiotics are also permissible for short-term use. Avoid squeezing the follicles and pores as it worsens the condition.
How to Prevent Clogged Hair Follicles?
- Avoid using tight clothes to reduce friction between skin.
- Avoid aggressively rubbing your face. Shave with care but it is better to avoid shaving if possible.
- Wash your skin with warm water and antibacterial soap every day and before you shave.
- Use a washcloth or cleansing pad in a gentle circular motion to raise embedded hairs.
- Apply medical-grade treatment for acne and other skin problems.
- Talk with your doctor. Depending on your situation and frequency of recurrences, your doctor may suggest controlling bacterial growth in your skin.
- Ensure to finish the treatment to prevent skin issues. Inform your doctor if you experience allergic reactions.
- Changing your food choices may also help reduce skin problems. Maintain proper hydration to improve your skin health.