Laser Hair Removal Has Medical Benefits
Hello and welcome back to our blog! In some of our previous posts we have focused on the benefits of laser hair removal, and how it can eliminate the need for daily shaving. While most people choose to get laser hair removal for cosmetic or convenience reasons, certain individuals get it done to help with a medical condition known as folliculitis. Here at Remedi Spa our goal is to make all of our guests feel confident about their appearance. In today’s blog we are going to address some of the issues surrounding folliculitis, and how laser hair removal can help alleviate this painful, embarrassing condition.
What is Folliculitis?
Chances are every person reading this blog has experienced folliculitis to some degree. In the most basic sense, folliculitis is simply an infection of a hair follicle. Folliculitis can occur on any area of the body that hair grows, and is similar in appearance to a pimple. Folliculitis starts with a skin pathogen being introduced to a hair follicle, but can also be caused by an insect bite or friction from clothing. Once infected the hair follicle becomes inflamed and irritated, and will continue to be an issue until it is properly cleared of the infection. Folliculitis can occur in both men and women, but it is most commonly seen on men’s faces. Because of the density of hair follicles on some men’s faces, coupled with the fact that we constantly touch our faces throughout the day, bacteria has any easy time finding a follicle to infect.
Now you may be asking yourself what any of this has to do with shaving, but we promise there is a point. While folliculitis is caused by the issues we listed above, one of the most common ways for folliculitis to occur is after shaving. When we shave, we are exposing our hair follicles to harmful bacteria, and the chances of a hair follicle becoming infected greatly increases. Furthermore, the infected hair follicle becomes even more irritated as the hair tries to grow back. In extreme cases this cycle keeps building upon itself with each shave, and it can become next to impossible to eliminate the infection.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Help With Folliculitis?
The answer to this question is quite simple; if there is no hair to shave, the follicle remains tightly closed and has less likely of a chance to become infected. By eliminating the need to shave, an individual affected by folliculitis is literally neutralizing the problem at the source. For thousands of folliculitis sufferers laser hair removal has acted as almost a miracle cure. Many of those who suffer from extreme folliculitis have to seek medical attention for the affliction, and must take medication or use topical creams to treat the infection. Because folliculitis can become a chronic condition, even with repeated medical treatment, many insurance companies will help those who suffer from it pay for laser hair removal. The insurance company sees laser hair removal as a one time expense that will save them money in the long run compared to monthly refills on prescription medication and topical creams.
If you or a loved one suffers from folliculitis, contact us today at Remedi Spa in Staten Island. Our laser hair removal services might be the cure that your skin has been calling for!