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How should I shave to prevent folliculitis?

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You might want to try an electric razor. If that doesn’t work for you either, then be sure to:

It can help to shave only every other day.

  • Wash your skin with warm water and a gentle cleanser.
  • Apply plenty of gel or shaving cream, not soap, and let it sit 5 to 10 minutes to soften your hairs.
  • Use a new blade each time so you know it’s clean and sharp; single blades are ideal.
  • Shave in the direction your hairs grow.
  • Rinse with warm water and use moisturizing lotion.

From: What is Folliculitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Folliculitis.”

Medscape: “Hair Anatomy.”

DermNet New Zealand: “Folliculitis.”

Indiana University Bloomington Health Center: “Folliculitis.”

The International Foundation for Dermatology: “Management of Bacterial Infections of the Hair Follicles.”

Primary Care Dermatology Society: “Folliculitis and boils (furuncles/carbuncles).”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Folliculitis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 02, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Folliculitis.”

Medscape: “Hair Anatomy.”

DermNet New Zealand: “Folliculitis.”

Indiana University Bloomington Health Center: “Folliculitis.”

The International Foundation for Dermatology: “Management of Bacterial Infections of the Hair Follicles.”

Primary Care Dermatology Society: “Folliculitis and boils (furuncles/carbuncles).”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Folliculitis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 02, 2018

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