This is the season for swimsuits and short shorts. It's also the time that your clients might come to your with those embarrassing, tiny, red bumps that show up after shaving.
These bumps are called folliculitis and have several different causes. They can appear after shaving and waxing when follicles are damaged and the staphylococcus bacteria that is always present on the surface of our skin penetrate the skin barrier and creates inflammation. Comedogenic skin care products, like moisturizers and lotions with oils, can plug follicles and trap bacteria. Other bacteria present in hot tubs and community pools can also cause folliculitis. Occasionally bacteria is not the culprit, and a fungus is causing the inflammation.
Some simple solutions can help your client deal with this annoying issue.
None of these are working? If the folliculitis does not clear readily, a medical consultation may be necessary to determine if the inflammation is due to a bacteria or fungal infection. A prescription for stronger topical or even oral medication may be the right thing for clearance.
If your client is an appropriate candidate, laser hair removal might be the long-term solution. Educating your clients on ways to reduce the bumps will help her feel more confident when she is out enjoying the summer sunshine (and will make her trust you more!)
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Mary Nielsen grew up in Minnesota but calls Portland, Oregon home for the past 30 years. She is the Executive Director of Spectrum Advanced Aesthetics Institute and serves on the board of Certified Advanced Estheticians for the state of Oregon. She is a happily married grandmother who has been thrilled to be working in the never dull field of advanced esthetics for over 17 years. She spends her free time outdoors or at her sewing machine.
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