Infected Hair Follicle Treatment

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There is a simple solution to treating infected hair follicles. This is a common skin problem that can be embarrassing. Keeping skin clean and protecting your skin with good nutrition are two ways to address this skin issue.

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Causes

Bacteria on the skin creates an infected hair follicle. The infected follicle appears like a pimple on the skin and can spread to other follicles. This skin problem can be exacerbated by clothing that is too tight, excessive sweating, or use of hot tubs that are not treated with the proper chemistry. The infection can spread by scratching or picking at the hair follicle. Clean the area and your fingers before treating the infected hair follicle. Some forms of infected hair follicles are caused by yeast or fungus. You can take antibiotics to help clear up the infection, but this will reduce the body's natural ability to fight off the infection.

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Solutions

A simple hygiene routine can greatly reduce the occurrence of infected hair follicles. A hair follicle that is itchy, or inflamed can be plucked with tweezers to facilitate the cleansing process. The immune system when functioning properly will fight off the bacteria on the skin. Supporting the immune system by eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids will help to detoxify and balance hormones. A strong immune system will help, but not necessarily eliminate the infected hair follicles. Keeping skin stimulated with a dry brush massage will help prepare the skin for any topical treatment.

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Using a body brush in the shower (Image: Steve Mason/Valueline/Getty Images)

Treatments

Daily exfoliation will help remove any bacteria on skin tissues that are clogging pores. Tea tree solutions can be used to dry up the infection. Because the antibacterial properties of 100 percent tea tree essential oil are very strong, use a prepared solution that is diluted, or mix your own solutions with a carrier oil like Grapeseed or Jojoba oil.

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Wiping face with tea tree oil solution (Image: Marili Forastieri/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Prevention

The skin absorbs and purges toxins. It benefits the skin to receive massage after exfoliation and cleansing. By consuming foods that boost immune function, the ability of the skin to repair itself will improve. Acidolphilus found in yogurt, will promote proper digestion to boost the immune system function.

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Warning

Any infection that continues for a prolonged period of time requires the attention of medical help. If while using tea tree oil solutions, or acidolphilus tablets and you experience abnormal symptoms, seek professional help. Dermatologists can recommend simple solutions and provide insight into how to prevent further breakouts.

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